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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Photo of our Pelham Bay Park “Advanced Walk.” We saw 50 species that day!

Link for results. Photo by Gerry McGee.

All photos and text by Jack Rothman.

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Updated 5/20/19

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Blackburnian Warbler, they are in our parks now!

NYC Audubon Walks

Pelham Bay Park through June 30

Van Cortlandt Park through July 20

This is the time of the year to be out birding. Try to get out as much as possible. Check out all the parks! Try to plan at least one trip out of the Bronx too. Central and Prospect Parks can be amazing this time of the year. There are organized walks all over the city. Check the clubs and organizations listed on this webpage.

Pelham Bay, Sundays - We now meet in the Rodman’s Neck parking lot. 9:00am. The parking lot is on the right as you go around the City Island Traffic Circle. Link for a Map.

Walk with Joe, Jeff or Jack, subject to change.

Walks go, rain or shine, unless there’s a dangerous condition. Wear long pants and bring insect repellent.

Questions? jack@cityislandbirds.com

We begin meeting at Rodman’s Neck Parking Lot!

May 26- Jack

June 2- Joe

June 9- Jeff


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

Walks go, rain or shine, unless there’s a dangerous condition.

May 25-Joe

June 1- Nadir

June 8-Joe

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

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 in our park.

Cape May Warbler in Central 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.             

Male Black-throated Blue Warbler in our park. Lots are here now..

City Island Birds
Since 2007

Baltimore Oriole in our park. They nest here as well as Orchard Oriole.