Recent Sightings

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On our walks, these are the birds seen. Not everyone saw all of the species.

Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, New York, US

Feb 24, 2024 9:09 AM - 11:53 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.54 mile(s)

Checklist Comments:     LSNY Pelham Bay Park trip led by Jack Rothman.


Overcast clouds - broken clouds

Temperature: 40°F

Wind: Gentle breeze - fresh breeze

Wind Direction: NW

Cloud Cover: 75 - 100%

Humidity: 51 - 67%

Sunrise: 6:37am

Sunset: 5:39pm

Weather generated by RainCrow

39 species

Brant  22

Canada Goose  40

American Wigeon  3

Mallard  12

American Black Duck  13

Greater Scaup  33

Long-tailed Duck  1

Bufflehead  33

Common Goldeneye  7     Medium sized duck, dark heads, white spot on the cheeks of males. Exact count done by many birders through scopes.

Red-breasted Merganser  8

Red-necked Grebe  3     Thin neck, dark cap, yellowish heavy bill

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5

Mourning Dove  4

Purple Sandpiper  3     Plump brownish sandpiper resting on rocks with yellowish legs

Razorbill  3     Floating in water, distinctive shape and black and white color pattern

Ring-billed Gull  40

Herring Gull  4

Great Black-backed Gull  3

Red-throated Loon  4

Common Loon  5

Great Cormorant  1

Double-crested Cormorant  4     Flying and perched on rocks

Red-tailed Hawk  2

Red-bellied Woodpecker  3

Downy Woodpecker  2

Peregrine Falcon  1

Blue Jay  1

Fish Crow  1

White-breasted Nuthatch  1

European Starling  50

Northern Mockingbird  1

American Robin  8

House Sparrow  2

American Tree Sparrow  3     Bi-colored bill

White-throated Sparrow  9

Song Sparrow  6

Red-winged Blackbird  30

Common Grackle  12

Northern Cardinal  3

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Pelham Bay Park--Hunter Island, Bronx, New York, US

Mar 17, 2024 9:04 AM - 11:00 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.149 mile(s)

30 species

Amerciacn Oystercatcher

Canada Goose  18

Mallard  2

American Black Duck  2

Long-tailed Duck  8     Estimate seen out in distance

Bufflehead  25

Red-breasted Merganser  5

Horned Grebe  1

Ring-billed Gull  X

Herring Gull  2

Great Black-backed Gull  1

Common Loon  2

Great Blue Heron  1

Bald Eagle  2

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  3

Downy Woodpecker  4

Blue Jay  10

White-breasted Nuthatch  5

Winter Wren  1

Carolina Wren  2

European Starling  9

Northern Mockingbird  1

American Robin  44

House Sparrow  X

White-throated Sparrow  X

Song Sparrow  5

Red-winged Blackbird  16

Common Grackle  23

Northern Cardinal  1

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Pelham Bay Park--Hunter Island, Bronx, New York, US

Mar 31, 2024 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 mile(s)

Checklist Comments:     NYC Audubon Walk

25 species

Canada Goose  30

Mallard  4

Long-tailed Duck  23     Large raft seen between Twin and Hunter Island, ongoing.

Red-breasted Merganser  5

Horned Grebe  2

Red-necked Grebe  2     Ongoing, has been seen off Twin Island for months. Beginning to come into breeding plumage.

Mourning Dove  5

American Oystercatcher  2

Killdeer  1

Ring-billed Gull  15

Common Loon  6

Double-crested Cormorant  1

Osprey  2

Bald Eagle  1     juvenile, seen on distant island in same location as last walk on 3.17.24

Red-tailed Hawk  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  2

Downy Woodpecker  1

Blue Jay  3

European Starling  12

Northern Mockingbird  1

American Robin  12

House Sparrow  6

White-throated Sparrow  3

Song Sparrow  5

Northern Cardinal  4

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