I took this photo of a Cape May Warbler in Central Park. They are seen here too.

One of the most vocal and common warblers is the Common Yellowthroat.

Prarie Warblers have a distincet face pattern and have an easy to remember call that are rising ZeZeZeZeZe's.

One of the prettiest warblers in the Chestnut-sided Warbler.

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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 welcomed. Our walks are always friendly, non-competitive and fun. We all love to see great birds, but without each other, it's never as enjoyable.

One of our more common warblers in our park is the Black and White Warbler. They are usually seen going around the tree trunks.

Everyone Will Always Be Welcomed

Blue-winged Warblers are found in our park but you're more likely to find them in Rockefeller State Park, in Pleasantville, NY, where they nest.

A Black-throated Green Warbler. There isn't really much green on him except for his head  and back which is greenish.

Migration Birdwalk

Wednesday, May 19 @ 8:30am

Meet at Orchard Beach Parking Lot to bird Hunter Island for spring migrants.

You must preregister:  jack@Cityislandbirds.com

Limited space! First come, first served.

This is the best time of the year to go birding. Many species are in our park now and they are singing and  feeding.

Northern Parulas are often found on Hunter Island.

Approximate Bird Arrivals For May


This beautiful Prothonotary Warbler was found by Richard Aracil in Van Cortlandt park on May 1. The next day I went out to refind the bird. I could hear him calling occasionally but he was hidden. After a frustrating 1.5 hours, he finally flew out and I was able to get this photo.

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

          Updated 5/15/21

Early May- Least Bittern, Ruddy Turnstone, Willet, Short-billed Dowitcher, Common Tern, Least Tern, Ruby throated Hummingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Great-crested Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Marsh Wren, Catbird, Wood Thrush, Veery, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Golden-winged Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Black-throat Blue Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Yellowthroat, Hooded Warbler, American Redstart, Bobolink, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Mid May- Red Knot, White-rumped Sandpiper, Roseate Tern, Black Skimmer, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Black-billed Cuckoo, Common Nighthawk, Wood Peewee, Swainson's Thrush, Gray- cheeked Thrush, Cedar Waxwing, Red-eyed Vireo, Tennessee Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackpoll, Yellow-breasted. Chat, Wilson's Warbler, Canada Warbler, Indigo Bunting, White-crowned Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow

Late May- Sooty Shearwater, Wilson's Storm Petrel, Black Tern, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Alder/ Willow Flycatcher, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Mourning Warbler, Nelson's Sparrow

Be Tech Ready

When I began birding there was no technology to find birds. If you saw a good bird, you might use your landline to call a friend and tell her/him aboout your find. Now there is so much help. You can use your smartphone and go to ebird, get emails from NYS Bird listserves, get on rare bird alerts, use WhatsApp or Twitter or contact a birding club.

Link here for more info.