The American Goldfinch in non-breeding plumage.

Common Yellowthroat are all around the park now. They stay low in the foliage.

A male Bobolink in late September. They can be seen in the southern zone of the park near the landfall during migration.

An American Pipit at the Orchard Beach oval after a rain.

All photos and text by Jack Rothman. All rights reserved. No photo may be copied or duplicated without written permission.Copyright 2022

Updated 9/26/22

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.

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The Fall Migration is Here

The NW winds are blowing  and the birding is excellent. If you decide to take a day off from work to go birding, check the weather for those winds and also consult Birdcast the night before. You can check the migration prediction for any day here.

I will announce a walk here very soon. My schedule has been busy and I'm looking for an predicted excellent migration day when my morning is free.

The southern zone of the park, alongside the gravel path, at the landfill, seems to be the recent hotspot. One local birder arrived at dawn and by 11:00am had 70 species!

Upcoming Walks

Van Cortlandt Park upcoming walks:

October 1 with Joseph McManus

October 8 with Jack

You can link here for more information.

You check here or sign up to be on the mailing list. All walks are free and totally non-commercial.

Send an email to

Upcoming Talk

I will be giving a live, not Zoomed talk called, The Joy of Birding, for the Hudson River Audubon Society on September 28 at 7pm. Everyone is invited and it's free. Lots of friendly and welcoming birders.

Hudson River Audubon is at the Lenoir Preserve in Yonkers, 19 Dudley Street. There is lots of parking and there will be some light refreshments.

Viva la Sound Festival is on City Island and will be a nice way to spend an afternoon. I will be sitting at a table there, talking about birding in our area. Stop by to say hello.

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

Our last walk was terrific. You can link above, Recent Sightings, to see our species account. We should be having another walk soon.

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.

Coming soon, the Golden-crowned Kinglet.

A fall Eastern Bluebird at Rockefeller State Park.

Ruby-crowned Kinglets are slowly arriving and migrating through. You can't see the ruby crown in this photo.

A Field Sparrow in early October.

One of the last fall warblers to arrive, the Yellow-rumped Warbler.