Snow Goose in Prospect Park

A snow goose has been hanging out on the ice in Prospect Park for the last week. It was first spotted on the Christmas Bird Count. Snow geese aren’t that unusual along the New York City coast–there’s a large flock out at Jamaica Bay–and migrating flocks are sometimes seen high overhead. However it’s unusual for one to hang around in the park for this long. Possibly it’s injured? Its left wing was dragging on the ice when Beth and I went out to see it today.

Snow Goose on Prospect Lake

There are some Northern Shovelers. Mallards, and Ring-Billed Gulls in the picture as well. Other birds on the lake included Mute Swan (4), Canada Goose, American Black Duck (6), Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, and American Coot. Surprisingly I did not see any ruddy ducks but maybe I just wasn’t looking in the right place.

Other species elsewhere in the park included Black-capped Chicakdee, Tufted Titmouse, Downy Woodpecker, American Goldfinch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, White-throated Sparrow, Northern Mockingbird, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Mourning Dove, and the usual invasives: Rock Pigeon, House Sparrow, and European Starling. Here are some goldfinches in winter plumage on one of the Breeze Hill feeders:

American Goldfinches in winter plumage on Breeze Hill feeders

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