Tricolored Heron in morning light.

A Common Loon in November from Twin Island.

A Dark Morph Reddish Egret.

A Great Egret in Breeding Plumage.

All photos and text by Jack Rothman. All rights reserved. No photo may be copied or duplicated without written permission.Copyright 2023

Updated 1/22/23

City Island Birds

                          Since 2007

Welcome to City Island Birds. My name is Jack Rothman. I created this website and birding club because this area of New York City is little known and underutilized by birdwatchers and other nature lovers. Pelham Bay Park, with its woods and wetlands is a critical stopover and nesting area to many migratory species.

Birding News

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

Saul's Science Watch

My birding buddy Saul has been writing wonderful science articles for the Hudson River Audubon Society. You can link for years of wonderful insights and information. Just scroll to the bottom of the page for a complete list of the articles.

Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Jack's talk , "The Joy Of Birding"

On March 26, 2022, I did a Zoom talk for the Crestwood Historical Society. If you would like to view it, it is available on YouTube, Just link here.

Watch a City Island Birds birdwalk here,

and another walk here.

A pandemic interview about birding here.




Five Quick Beginning Birding Suggestions

1. Go out with a group or an experienced leader. You'll learn how to use binoculars, find birds, meet interesting and friendly people.

2. Wear appropriate clothes. Weather is always a little more extreme in open spaces. Don't wear your brand new $200 running shoes. It can be muddy.

3. Most leaders have binoculars to lend if you don't have your own. Opera glasses are pretty useless for birding. If you want to buy a pair, email me and I will make suggestions depending on your budget.

4. Bring a snack and water. Most walks are a few hours. You'll see that birding is not fast walking. Expect to be moving slowly.

5. Get a portable field guide to bring with you when you bird alone. Use it at home too. Look for the Peterson or Sibley guide.

You have to like the yellow socks of the Snowy Egret.

A bird endemic to Florida, the Limpkin.

An adult Roseate Spoonbill at Ding Darling NWR.

January Bird Tours etc.

Joseph McManus and I will be doing a series of winter bird tours for NYC Audubon on Hunter and Twin Islands in Pelham Bay Park every Sunday, except New Year's Day, this January. I'm hoping the weather will cooperate. To learn more about the bird tours, link here. I will be leading on Jan. 8 and 22. Joe will lead on Jan.15 and 29. No registration needed, and of course, bird tours are always free. Expect lots of waterfowl. Bring a scope if you have one and wear many layers of clothing.



Results from The Bronx-Westchester Christmas Count are posted. You can link here for the results.



Results from our Jan 22 walk. You can link here and see the results and some photos here from the Jan. 8 walk.





As some of you know, I usually spend some time on Sanibel Island during the cold winter. Sanibel was totally devestated during the last hurricane. I'm not sure when we will be able to return. I decided to post some photos of the bird life at Ding Darling NWR and other locations on the Island. Hopefully these birds will return.


An Anhinga with its lunch.

A Black-bellied Plover in non-breeding plumage, many wander the beaches on Sanibel.

A Roseate Spoonbill reflection.