Saturday, November 27, 2004

A western flycatcher in Prospect Park

A myiarchus genus flycatcher (Dusky-capped, Ash-throated, Brown-crested or Great Crested) that has been seen sporadically in Prospect Park since the 22nd was relocated today. Seven birders had good looks under excellent lighting conditions. Steve Nanz was able to shoot a number of photographs of the bird. Based primarily on well seen dark tail tips and rufous inner webs, it seems certain to be an Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens).

The bird was seen feeding in and around the gingkos next to the Wellhouse, as well as, near lamppost J249 (a little farther down the road). It kept flying off to the north, disappearing for long stretches, then returning to feed along Wellhouse Drive. We never did figure out where it was going so if you do go looking for it you'd probably do well to just be patient and stay along Wellhouse Drive.

Pale undersides and wingbars

(Photo credit - Steve Nanz)

Check out the bill

(Photo credit - Steve Nanz)

Note the dark tail tips

(Photo credit - Steve Nanz)

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Prospect Park, 11/27/2004
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American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Ruddy Duck
Red-tailed Hawk (4 or 5.)
Merlin (Flying east over Lookout Hill.)
Peregrine Falcon (Flying over the lake.)
American Coot (12.)
Ring-billed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Belted Kingfisher (Flying and calling over Lookout Hill.)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Breeze Hill.)
Ash-throated Flycatcher (Near the Wellhouse.)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Breeze Hill.)
White-breasted Nuthatch (Breeze Hill.)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Breeze Hill.)
Cedar Waxwing (Long Meadow.)
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco (Several on Breeze Hill.)
American Goldfinch

Other resident species seen (or heard):
Canada Goose, Mute Swan, American Black Duck, Mallard, Herring Gull, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, American Robin, European Starling, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Sparrow

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