Yes, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds Nest here in Pelham Bay Park. This nest was found near Turtle Cove. Others have been found near the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museam.

A Tree Swallow that actually nested in a tree at Turtle Cove a few years ago. Most Tree Swallows seem to find man made structures to nest.

A Baltimore Oriole nest on the path adjacent to Turtle Cove in 2012. This nest was easy to see and amazingly lasted a few years after the oriole left.

A very vocal Clapper Rail down at Turtle Cove near the metal bridge. Other birders have seen the rail chicks but I haven't been so lucky.

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City Island Birds was created in 2007 to bring birders, and would be birders, to the park. Everyone has always been and always will welcome. Our walks are always friendly, non-competitive, fun and free. We all love to see great birds, but without each other, it's never as enjoyable.

Eastern Kingbirds also nest in and around Turtle Cove. They seem to work the pond for insects in July and August

Everyone Will Always Be Welcome

A Hairy Woodpecker nest in the Southern Zone of the park a few years ago.

A nesting Marsh Wren in Turtle Cove Pond in mid June. They will be back soon and if you're patient, they will pop up out of the reeds for a minute or two.

A Cliff Swallow approaching its nest under the old condemned Orchard Beach bath house located near the police station. They are nesting there again this year.

Don't Feed the Wildlife!

Many different kinds of animals are in the park besides birds. Everone has seen the deer and many are surprised and frightened when the deer get too close. That happens because some people have been feeding them. This is a terrible mistake. People need to be reminded that deer are wild and can become agressive, especially during rutting season. People have been feeding other mammal species as well. If these animals come too close, or become agressive, Parks Department will likely have to eradicate them. By the way, birds should not be fed now. There are lots of insects for them to eat. During the winter, many of us enjoy feeding birds. Actually, birds have been surviving without our help for a very long time through the winter. They really don't need our handouts but it definitely is fun to feed them.

Red-eyed Vireos nest all over the park. The light has to reflect at the right angle to get the full red eye effect. In addition, young birds generally have a dark eye. This species stays high in the tree canopy and are more easily heard than seen.

All photos and text by Jack Rothman. All rights reserved. No photo may be copied or duplicated without written permission.Copyright 2021

          Updated 6/3/21

Birds Avoid the Heat of the Day

Birds, like all of us, don't want to be out in the direct sun on sunny hot days. It's always best to bird early before it gets hot, or just before dusk, when the air cools. If you find a nest, please don't disturb the mother or the nestlings. Use common sense, don't get too close or too loud. We don't want to alert predators to the nest location.


June Birding- Nesting Season

There are still some species migrating through but for the most part, birding now will consist of mostly  nesting species. Catbirds, Robins, Carolina Wrens, Yellow Warblers, American Redstarts, Willow Flycatchers, Great-crested Flycatchers, Marsh Wrens are a few of our many nesting species. Use the checklist below to see what species nest here. Since 2006, when this guide was published, many things have changed.

Birds of Pelham Bay Park

-A Checklist for Birders-