Tripper Paul, Josh Malbin and I were all independently scouring the lake edge in Prospect Park following up on an eBird report of a juvenile Sora with limited details. At roughly 5:40pm in fading light a juvenile Purple Gallinule appeared at the end of the peninsula near the rustic shelter there. It was busy working the shoreline in some thick vegetation eating small snails, much like the last PUGA that showed up in Prospect in October of 2004. I could only stay with it for minutes. Hopefully other birders who arrived were able to get images. I have some poor quality video showing clean white undertail coverts and brownish bird with purple sheen I will try to put into the checklist.
Word of caution to those considering driving to Brooklyn tomorrow. There is a half marathon happening in Brooklyn so there will be many road closures around the park and transportation may be difficult. Good birding, Sean Sime Brooklyn, NY -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://email@example.com/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L 3) http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NY01 Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --