An Even Colder Day in Prospect Park

I got to the Audubon Center about a quarter till 10 this morning when the mercury was still several degrees short of zero for the monthly Audubon walk. It was extremely cold. We were only out for about an hour and a half before calling it a day. Mostly it was the same story as yesterday, relatively bird free except for a few hotspots around the feeders and the Upper Lullwater. Nevertheless we managed a respectable 26 species including six new year birds: Rusty Blackbird, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Fox Sparrow, Northern Mockingbird, Red-tailed Hawk, and Wood Duck.

Rusty Blackbird was a particularly good find, because they’re not common in the park. The only place they’re reliably found in new York City is van Cortland Park in the Bronx. However, 1 to 4 have been hanging out in Prospect at least since the Christmas Bird Count on the 19th.

  1. Canada Goose
  2. Wood Duck
  3. American Black Duck
  4. Mallard
  5. Red-tailed Hawk
  6. Ring-billed Gull
  7. Rock Pigeon
  8. Mourning Dove
  9. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  10. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  11. Downy Woodpecker
  12. Blue Jay
  13. Black-capped Chickadee
  14. Tufted Titmouse
  15. White-breasted Nuthatch
  16. American Robin
  17. Northern Mockingbird
  18. Fox Sparrow
  19. White-throated Sparrow
  20. Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
  21. Northern Cardinal
  22. Red-winged Blackbird
  23. Rusty Blackbird
  24. House Finch
  25. American Goldfinch
  26. House Sparrow

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