|The Falconer in Central Park|
I am a country girl.
I do not like cities
|The High Line Trail|
—the crowds of people
—the pavement everywhere
—the noise, noise, noise!
|Magnolia Warbler in Central Park's Ramble|
But then I went to Central Park and saw the warblers there,
|White-crowned Sparrow, Central Park|
Then I went to Inwood Hill and heard the wood thrush sing,
|Looking for birds at Inwood Hills Park 2009|
|Inwood Hills woodlands|
|Baltimore Oriole at Inwood Hills 2009|
Then I went to Prospect Park and wandered wooded trails
|Downy Woodpecker at Prospect Park|
‘til we came to a tree-lined clearing with mergansers in the pond,
|Red-breasted Merganser at Prospect Park|
Then I went to Green-Wood Cemetery where swallows swooped the lawn.
|Entrance to Green Wood Cemetery|
|Green Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY 2012|
Then I sat near opened window on the upper west side
and saw blue jays in the tree tops right on the street where I stayed!
Then I walked the High Line Trail and saw a peregrine.
|High Line Trail NYC 2009|
|High Line Trail|
Then I changed my mind and knew I could honestly say:
|Wood Thrush in Central Park 2012|
|American Robin in Central Park 2012|
|Female Brown-headed Cowbird in Central Park 2011|
I Love these birds!
I Love these parks!
|High Line Trail|
I Love New York!
~Kathie Adams Brown (May 30, 2013)
The truth is, I did use to hate New York, but then my youngest brother changed my mind. Of course he took me to art galleries, cafes, and plays, but then he took me birding. That is when I discovered what so many birders already know: New York City is a great place to bird. The various parks around the city become bird magnets and the birds and the people seem to coexist peacefully for the most part. The funny thing is, I discovered that I could be in the middle of Central Park with people all around and still feel like I was alone in nature. So it is that I will be returning to New York City again this summer. And though it will only be for a few days, who knows what I will see this time! That is the fun of birding in New York. Just like everything else, there is so much to see and so many places to go birding. I discovered that even in the city Birding can be Fun!
Links to Birding in NYC (all of these are eBird Hotspots as well):
- High Line Trail
- Inwood Hill
- Birding Central Park NYC Audubon
- Central Park Conservancy-Birding
- Green-Wood Cemetery
- Brooklyn Bird Club Green Wood Cemetery and other birding sites
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