That’s when educators from the Prospect Park Alliance will be on-hand to teach first-time birdwatchers about the brightly feathered cardinal that’s made the top of the Lakeside skating rink its home — possibly for the whole winter season.
The bird, which is primarily seen in the southern half of the country, hasn't been spotted in Brooklyn since 1999, local birdwatchers said. And a male Painted Bunting, which have colorful feathers like the one visiting the park now, hasn't been seen in the park since 1927.
Bird experts will be at the park’s skating center Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon to teach visitors about animal habitats — like the one built specifically for birds on the Lakeside green roof — and to share tips on bird watching.
Crowds of birders have flocked to the park to see the male Painted Bunting since it was first spotted in late November. The rare bird has many admirers and protectors — this week, the alliance trapped and removed a cat that was seen stalking the Painted Bunting near its hang-out spot.
The Lakeside skating rink is located on the park’s east side at 171 East Drive near the Prospect Park B and Q train station on Lincoln Road.