Some Unusual Park Visitors
On January 29th, 2006, Peter Dorosh was suddenly diverted by the sight a small "Canada Goose" wading near the West Island rustic shelter. He spent over 30 minutes watching the mystery goose on Prospect Lake, waiting to compare the goose when it sidled up to other waterfowl. He decided to call it a Cackling Goose, recently split from the Canada Goose species by the AOU. Eventually it was determined to be a Richardson's subspecies (Branta Hutchinsii).He quickly notified other birding friends and Steve Nanz was able to capture many shots of this unusual visitor.
This easily overlooked bird became Prospect Park's first ever record of this species. The Cackling Goose stayed one more day, one of an unprecedented four geese species seen the following day, joining Canada Goose, Snow Goose and Brant.
For more information on Cackling Goose, see www.oceanwanderers.com
A rare southern visitor— Purple Gallinule— first appeared on October 13, 2004 and was seen at least through October 23, when this photo was taken by Janet Zinn, affording good views for the many birders who came to add it to their lists.
On Friday, April 9, 2004 a very unusal park visitor was discovered by Rob Jett. The following is excerpted from his sighting report.
- Rob Jett
We received this report from Dave Diaz of Prospect Park's Landscape Management office. An incident occurred during a wedding party in the late evening of Sept 24th, 2000 at the Picnic House in which an uninvited "party-crasher" flew in for some merriment.
- Dave Diaz
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