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 digiscoped shot, using my iPhone, of White-winged Scoter swimming off Belden Point on City Island.

Red-breasted Merganser swimming away from me as I try to get a better angle on the shot.

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 Common Loon, taken in the water off Orchard Beach on one November 24. They should be here again very soon.


Finally! I saw this Pileated Woodpecker in Pelham Bay Park on Hunter Island. I hope he stays!

All photos and text by Jack Rothman

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Updated 12/9/18

Copyright 2018


You have to love these animated birds. Hooded Mergansers are sometimes found at Turtle Cove, but less since they changed the culvert. When you get anywhere near them, they immediately flee. It makes it hard to get a good photograph.

Common Goldeneye. They are usually petty far out, off Twin Island.

Jack’s Upcoming Walks

Sunday, December 16 at 8:30am

Hunter Island for Waterfowl and other Surprises

Link for more information

December 23, Christmas Bird Count -Email me for details

January 19, We host the Brooklyn Birding Club, all invited!

If you’re interested in being on our distribution list, just send an email to:

jack@cityislandbirds.com.  We are totally non-commercial and your name and email address won’t be shared with anyone. All walks are free.

Want to know what a birdwalk is like? Watch this video done by Rafael Samanez on one of our PBPK walks, if you were there, you may be in it!  Link Here

Barred Owls have been showing up in many areas of the park.

We’ve also had two Northern Saw-whet Owls. They have also been seen in many areas of the New York area. It seems there’s been an irruption. Now we’re waiting for the Long-eared Owls to show.