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Updated 2/21/17
Copyright 2017

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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Magnolia Warbler on Hunter Island.

Beautiful Chestnut-sided Warbler near the City Island Traffic Circle

Unusual for our park is this Blue-winged Warbler.

Our most common warbler for sure, the Yellow Warbler.

The Black-throated Blue is usually around the area behind Turtle Cove.

Black-throated Green Warbler the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum.

Our trip to see Cuban Endemic Birds

My wife Jane and I spent two weeks in Cuba with three friends, a bird tour guide and driver, searching and learning about Cuban endemic birds, meeting the Cuban people and soaking up as much of Cuba as we could.  I’ve put together a bunch of photos if you’re interested. I’ve broken the photos into sections, so you can skip the parts you may not be interested in seeing. If you want to see it all, just start at the beginning and it will flow from one section to another.

Section 1- Birds

Section 2- People, Landscapes

Section 3- All of Us

Section 4- Fabulous Cars                  

Blackpoll Warbler behind the old City Island Bridge.

A fiery male Blackburnian Warbler getting some water in the mud.

Looking Forward to Spring

February is waning and March will be here in ten days. It’s been a relatively warm winter but I still can’t wait for it to be over. So I decided to post some photos of warblers, just as a reminder of what’s to come in a month or so. The photos were taken in Pelham Bay Park.