Located in the Bronx, New York, City Island is a small island, approximately one mile long and a quarter mile wide. City Island is surrounded by Eastchester Bay on one side and Long Island Sound on the other. Its bridge attaches to a roadway adjacent to Pelham Bay Park, New York City's largest park. In this area, and in the waters and wetlands, in and around City Island, many bird species thrive. Here, several and varied migratory birds are found. This website was created to help study, appreciate, and protect all the birds of this area.

City Island Birds
Since 2007

Welcome to City Island Birds. I created this website 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.


Barnacle Goose at Orchard Beach

Jack Rothman


Traveling and Birding the Amazon

Several people have requested information about our trip to the Amazon.

Birding Interest- Past Articles

Important and Useful

The Wild Bird Fund   (Animal Rehabber)

New York Tide Chart

Urban Park Rangers

NY State Parks

Birdcast (Migration Reports)


Beginner’s Guide

Binocular and Smartphone Help

If you’re not familiar with how your computer or smartphone can help you be a better and more successful birder, you should read my little primer, link here.

If you need or want a new pair of binoculars, you might want to begin here. Binoculars have really changed in the last few years. You can get a fantastic pair for a few hundred dollars and a really good pair for less than $200. Years ago, there wasn’t nearly as much choice. You should link here for ratings.

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A Black and White Warbler posing for me. There should still be some around.

A Black-throated Green warbler, taken at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

List of Birds at Our Puddle 2017

Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Plover, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Pectoral Sandpiper, Baird’s Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Killdeer, White-rumped Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope, Black-headed Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Bonaparte’s Gull, Laughing Gull, Peregrine Falcon, Wilson’s Snipe, American Pipit, Merlin, Canada Goose.


A Blue-headed Vireo right near Turtle Cove.


You’ll definitely see one or several Baltimore Orioles if you bird Pelham Bay Park, particularly Hunter Island.

Upcoming Bird Walks

I’ve been out of the country for the past month and have missed the very peak of the migration. However, there are certainly lots of migrating birds around to see.  As everyone knows, my regular walks are in Pelham Bay Park. This spring I will also be conducting walks in Van Cortland Park.  These walks are sponsored by NYC Audubon and they continue until July 14. I will post the Van Cortland and Pelham Bay Park walks on the website and send out emails if you are on the distribution list.

Want to know what a birdwalk is like? Watch this video done by Rafael Samanez on our last walk, if you were there, you may be in it!

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All photos and text by Jack Rothman

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Updated 5/21/18

Copyright 2018

A Magnolia Warbler, also taken on Hunter Island

A Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, on the path along Turtle Cove

Common Yellowthroats nest in our park and are easily seen.

Spring Birdwalk (with Jack) at Van Cortland Park

Saturday, May 24

All walks here will meet at the Nature Center at 9:00 am

All walks are Free!

Pelham Bay Walks will be on Sundays, to be announced.

Questions? Email me: jack@cityislandbirds.com