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


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You can always count on an Osprey or two over the Orchard Beach lagoon, particularly beginning in late summer.

Yet another photo taken on that day, a Black-throated Green Warbler. I believe it was at the 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.


Another late August photo from a few years back, an Indigo Bunting. Odd that he would be singing in late summer.


Here’s a female Bobolink photo I took on August 19, 2012 while standing at Turtle Cove. It would really be nice to see some more migrating through.

The Fall Migration is on.

The hot weather and rainy August has not made birding easy. I’ve been walking over to Turtle Cove and the puddles at Orchard Beach when the weather cooperates. At both of these locations shorebirds have returned. Each day of NW winds brings another chance of fall migratory species. So as the weather finally begins to change, more birds will show. When they show in greater numbers, we should have a walk.

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

jack@city islandbirds.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

All photos and text by Jack Rothman

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Updated 8/31/18

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A Black-throated Blue Warbler, taken on the same day as the Bobolink above


Eastern Kingbird in late August at Turtle Cove.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron, having an early morning August snack at Turtle Cove.