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.

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

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Bird Arrivals

Late April- Little Blue Heron, Common Moorhen, Semi-palmated Plover, Solitary Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Dunlin, Semi-palmated Sandpiper, Whip-poor-will, Chimney Swift, Bank Swallow, Cliff swallow, House Wren, Brown Thrasher, Blue-headed Vireo, Black & White Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula, Yellow Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Grasshopper Sparrow, Sharp-tailed Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow

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-throated Blue Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Common 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

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Updated 4/24/19

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Black and White Warbler, already seen here.

NYC Audubon Walks

Pelham Bay Park through June 30

Van Cortlandt Park through July 20

Pelham Bay, Sundays - meet in the Orchard Beach parking lot, NE corner, 9:00am,with Joe, Jeff or Jack, subject to change.

April 28 -Jeff

May 5- Jack

May 12-Joe

May 15 Advanced Bird Walk, see below, registration preferred.

May 19- Jeff

May 26- Jack- We begin meeting at Rodman’s Neck Parking Lot!

June 2- Joe


Van Cortlandt Park, Saturdays - meet at the Nature Center, 9:00am, with Joe, Nadir or Jack, subject to change

April 27 - Jack

May 4- Joe

For more information check the NYC Audubon page: http://www.nycaudubon.org

On May 15, we will have our second Advanced Birdwalk. For this walk we will be more focused and hope it will appeal more to experienced birders. Please go to the NYC Audubon website for information.

Watch this video all about us from BronxNet ! You may be in it ! Link Here

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 bird walk 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

A Chestnut-sided Warbler in early May.

Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are here on Hunter Island. They nest in the park.

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.

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.             

Blue-winged Warblers have been seen here but not too common. A good place to find them is Rockefeller State Park where they nest.

Northern Parula in our park. They’re usually pretty easy to find in Central Park.

City Island Birds
Since 2007