Glossy Ibis are seen here fairly often in August.
Breeding Common Terns resting on the metal bridge railing at Turtle Cove in summer. Breeding adult Common and Forster's Terns are difficult to differentiate.
An Eastern Kingbird in early August.
A Green Heron down at Turtle Cove. I've seen them often there. Check the first tree past the metal bridge as you enter from the roadway.
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 friendly, non-competitive, fun and free. We all love to see great birds, but without each other, it's never as enjoyable.
This appears to be a non-breeding adult Forster's Tern, also photographed at Turtle Cove.
Everyone Will Always Be Welcome
This is an adult female Barn Swallow. The underneath is a bit whiter than the male. Barn Swallows are easily seen all around our area. Swallow consume about 850 insects a day.
A Greater Yellowlegs in mid-July in Turtle Cove. Most of the yellowlegs that wade here are "Greater."
A Black Skimmer in flight. Occasionally they come and skim the water off the beach where I live on City Island. This photo was taken on Nickerson Beach on L.I.
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.
A Black-crowned Night Heron in breeding plumage. They are common around Pelham Bay Park and City Island.
All photos and text by Jack Rothman. All rights reserved. No photo may be copied or duplicated without written permission.Copyright 2021
Walks To Resume in September
I'm hoping to resume a much more frequent schedule of walks, beginning in September, in Pelham Bay Park. In the past, before the pandemic, we had walks every week with funding from Councilman Gjonaj, administered by NYC Audubon. NYC rules have changed. Funding may no longer be used in this manner. I'm hoping to be able to get a few birding leaders who would be willing to conduct tours here, on a regular and voluntary basis. Hopefully weekly walks at Van Cortlandt Park will continue as in the past.
Summer is a good time for quiet observation. Nesting time is over and birds are getting ready for migration in the fall. In the heat of the summer they feed early and find an inconspicuous place to stay cool. Some species continue to vocalize but most are quiet avoiding being noticed by predators. The summer definitely doesn't have the excitement of the other seasons and it's not easy to be birding in the heat and humidity. However, it's a good time to watch bird behavior, of even the most familiar species
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