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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Updated 11/10/19

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A beautiful female Gadwall in Turtle Cove.

Ongoing Walks and Two Talks

Come to hear Jack on “The Birds Of Pelham Bay Park,” slideshow and talk on Nov. 4, 10:00am at the City Island Yacht club for the Garden Club.

Come to hear Jack on, “The Birds of Cuba” on Dec. 4 @ 7:30 pm at Lenoir Preserve for the Hudson River Audubon. Both talks are free.

NYC Audubon Walks in Pelham Bay Park:

All walks begin in the Orchard Beach Parking Lot. Drive to the left side of the parking lot as you enter, closest to the beach.We begin at 9:00am. Be prepared for fun. We go rain or shine unless there’s a dangerous condition.

Nov. 17  Jeff

Nov. 24  Joe

NYC Audubon Walks in Van Cortlandt Park:  Because of the work on the Putnam Trail, we will meet at the Mosholu Entrance. It’s on Mosholu Ave. and Broadway. We’ll assemble on the SE Corner.  You can park in the free lot by driving into the park on Mosholu Ave. If you are coming on the #1 train, connect to the Bus at 242nd St. and take it North. Then walk to the SE corner of Mosholu and Broadway.

Walks are from 9:00 until 10:30.

Here’s a link if you’re confused: https://goo.gl/maps/upNz6wEt1ZV2rC746

Nov. 16  Jack

Nov. 23  Nadir    Last walk for the season


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

Try the fall Sparrow Quiz.... Link

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 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.             

City Island Birds
Since 2007

We can expect both Common and Red-throated Loons. This is a Common Loon.

A pair of American Wigeon, soon to be off Hunter and Twin Islands

Lots of Red-breasted Mergansers in the water now.

Bufflehead are back!You can see their mating antics off Twin and Hunter Islands now.

A Snow Goose around the Orchard Beach oval a few years ago. Hopefully we’ll get a few this season.