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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

March Birds

Spring officially begins during the month or March. However, the lengthening days and (sometimes) warmer weather usually only reveals subtle hints of the northbound bird migration. I still spent many hours exploring Brooklyn's coastal habitats for winter waterfowl and any possible rare visitors. I added 14 more species to my growing list of Brooklyn birds for 2011 finishing March with 120 species. I did have a few winter species misses from 2010 that I may not find by the end of the year.

One species that I didn't expect to see in Brooklyn, but cooperatively showed up again in the same place as last year was the Barrow's Goldeneye. This winter I'd been obsessing over waterfowl and spent a lot of time at Coney Island hoping to locate all three scoter species, as well as, Common Eider. Unfortunately, I've struck out on the eiders and White-winged Scoter. It looks like it I may need to wait until December to try again. One waterfowl which was a life-bird for me and very rare for Brooklyn was Greater White-fronted Goose. This bird made a couple of brief appearances at Dreier-Offerman Park (Calvert Vaux) within a flock of Canada Goose. All the other species that I tallied in Brooklyn for the month of March are pretty much expected to be seen at some point. Now that April is here and birds are on the move, I can't wait to see what new birds will be on my next monthly summary.

March 2011 Brooklyn birds:

107) Ring-necked Pheasant (Gerritsen Creek--White Island, 03/05/11)
108) Greater White-fronted Goose (Dreier-Offerman Park, 03/10/11)
109) Northern Gannet (Brighton Beach, 03/10/11)
110) Barrow's Goldeneye (Jamaica Bay West--Brooklyn, 03/12/11)
111) Pine Warbler (Prospect Park, 03/14/11)
112) Wilson's Snipe (Prospect Park, 03/14/11)
113) American Oystercatcher (Coney Island Pier, 03/15/11)
114) Eastern Bluebird (Prospect Park--Nethermead, 03/17/11)
115) Osprey (Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 03/26/11)
116) Eastern Phoebe (Prospect Park, 03/26/11)
117) Laughing Gull (Coney Island Pier, 03/27/11)
118) Boat-tailed Grackle (Coney Island--21st Ave, 03/27/11)
119) Field Sparrow (Floyd Bennett Field, 03/27/11)
120) Winter Wren (Prospect Park, 03/29/11)

1 comment:

Catherine said...

great blog!! keep up the good work.

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