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Friday, April 01, 2005

Purple Martins over Prospect Lake

There were three Purple Martins in the park late this afternoon. They're not very good photos but these swallows are rarely seen in Prospect Park so I decided to share them anyway. Also, I heard from Peter Dorosh that he spotted a Little Blue Heron on the Upper Pool.

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

(Photo credit - Rob J)

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Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)

(Photo credit - Rob J)

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Prospect Park, 4/1/2005
Pied-billed Grebe (2, Upper Pool & Prospect Lake.)
Double-crested Cormorant
Black-crowned Night-Heron (3, Duck Is. 1, Three Sisters.)
Wood Duck (2, flyover.)
Northern Shoveler (1, Duck Island.)
Ring-necked Duck (1, Prospect Lake. 6, Upper Pool.)
Bufflehead (3, Prospect Lake. 1, Upper Pool.)
Ruddy Duck (~80.)
Red-tailed Hawk (2 adult, 1 juvenile.)
American Coot (6.)
Ring-billed Gull (12, Prospect Lake.)
Belted Kingfisher (Near skating rink.)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1, Payne Hill.)
Northern Flicker (Several.)
Eastern Phoebe (~20.)
Purple Martin (2 male, 1 female. Flying over water near skating rink.)
Tree Swallow (3, Prospect Lake.)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Breeze Hill.)
White-breasted Nuthatch (3.)
Brown Creeper (Peninsula.) [Rob Jett]
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Fairly common.)
Pine Warbler (Heard next to Litchfield Villa.)
Fox Sparrow (Approx. 20-30, many singing.)
Swamp Sparrow (1, Lullwater. 2, Peninsula.)
White-throated Sparrow (Several.)
Dark-eyed Junco (Common in woodlands.)
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird (Several.)
American Goldfinch (Several, some in breeding plumage.)

Other resident species seen (or heard):
Canada Goose, Mute Swan, American Black Duck, Mallard, Herring Gull, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker (3.), Downy Woodpecker (5 or 6.), Hairy Woodpecker (2.), Blue Jay, American Crow (3.), Black-capped Chickadee (Several.), Tufted Titmouse (3 or 4.), American Robin (Abundant.), European Starling, Song Sparrow (Common.), Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Sparrow


Joe said...

FYI, I have observed a red-tailed hawk twice over the last several days in Peter Cooper Village.

Rob J. said...

Thanks Joe, where exactly is Peter Cooper Village?

Joe said...

Peter Cooper Village is directly North of Stuy Town in Manhattan. It is a large housing complex that runs from 20th to 23rd Streets between First Avenue and the East River.

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Due to an abundance of trees, pigeons and squirrels, this area seems like a pretty good place for a hawk to settle down.

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