One of the most common warblers, seen here, is the Yellow-rumped Warbler.

It won't be long for the Common Yellowthroat to begin callling.

This Yellow-throated Warbler photo was taken in Central Park. We have yet to see one in Pelham Bay Park. Keep your eyes open, they are likely here!

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It's still a little early for Cape May Warblers. It's easiest to find them in Central Park.

A male Black-throated Blue Warbler, often seen on Hunter Island in May.

Often sought out by photographers is the spectacular Blackburnian Warbler.

A Black and White Warbler winding its way around a tree.

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          Updated 5/20/22

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.

A beautiful Chestnut-sided Warbler in May.

A Blue-winged Warbler, not often seen here. They nest in Rockefeller State Park.

Bird Walks

Bird Walk every Saturday at Van Cortlandt Park @ 9:00am, Jack will lead on May 21, Nadir on May 28, Joe on June 4, Jack on June 11. Meet at the Nature Center. Sign up now at The walks will fill up!  

Bird Walk Wednesday May 11 @ 8:30am in Pelham Bay Park. RESULTS of a Great Day

May is the best month of the year for birds! Get out there!

The WARBLERS here and their migration is ending.

Flycatchers are next!

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.

Walk Announcements

Walks for City Island Birds will be announced as the migration progresses. As I write this, the park is still pretty slow. Migration here seems to be about two weeks behind other areas in NYC.

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.

A male Bobolink, photographed in the southern zone of the park, near the landfill, in late May. The southern zone of the park can be quite birdy, with different species found from the northern zone. Bobolink favor tall grassy areas and are easily seen in the Shawangunk NWR upstate.