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PictureDebbie Becker, NYBG Bird Guide Debbie Becker lives and works in the New York City area. Her photographs and essays have been published in 
"The New York Times," "The New Yorker," "New York Magazine," "WildBird Magazine," "The Daily News," 
"The New York Post," New York City Audubon and The New York Botanical Garden's "Science Blog." 

Debbie leads bird walks for The New York Botanical Garden and teaches photography and creative writing classes.  This website is an informative way to learn about the birds in and around NYC. 

"I became obsessed with bird watching many years ago and began studying birds and 
their behavior using photography, video and journal/blog writing."

All the text and photographs on this site were written and photographed by Debbie Becker. No reproduction without permission.  © Copyright 2012-2016, Debbie Becker. All rights reserved. FREE BIRD WALKS AT
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Picture Female Great Horned Owl - 11/4/7 NYBG Picture Clay colored sparrow, CP 10/17 Picture Field Sparrow, NYBG 10/15/17 Picture Lincoln's Sparrow, CP 10/17 Picture Magnolia Warbler - immature 10/17 Picture Tennesse Warbler, Central Park, 9/17 Picture Lesser Yellow legs - OB Picture Semipalmated Plover - OB Picture Short billed dowitcher - Orchard Beach Picture Ruby crowned Kinglet- CP 4/15//17 Picture First day back at NYBG and the first bird we see is one of the resident Great Horned Owls!



Picture Belted Kingfisher at Turtle Cove Picture Eastern Blue Bird - Central Park 5/14 Additional pictures under "Seasonal Birds"


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Birding Digest
 

11/25/17- NYBG

American Goldfinch 
Merlin - chasing red winged blackbird flock
Red winged blackbirds -19
Red bellied woodpecker 
Downy woodpecker 
Yellow bellied sapsucker
Juncos
House finch
Song sparrow
Chipping sparrow
Field sparrow
White throated sparrow
Cardinal
Blue jay
White breasted nuthatch
Wood ducks
Mallards
Great blue heron
Mourning doves 
American Robin
Chickadees

Monarch Butterfly! ​

Bryant Park - 11/24
Common Yellowthroats, Hermit Thrush, WT and Swamp Sparrows


NYBG - 11/18

Baltimore Oriole - first year male
Field sparrow
Fox sparrow
Song sparrow
Savannah sparrow
White throated sparrow
Chipping sparrow
House finch
Juncos
Red winged blackbird
Brown creeper-3
Cardinal
Blue jay
Tufted titmouse 
Chickadee
White breasted nuthatch
American Goldfinch
American Robin
Hairy woodpecker 
Downy woodpecker 
Red bellied woodpecker 
Yellow bellied sapsucker
Mallards
Wood ducks
Great blue heron
Mockingbird
Red tailed hawk
Winter wren
Golden crowned kinglet
Hermit thrush
Mourning dove




11/4/17- NYBG
Great Horned Owl
Great Blue Heron
Wood Ducks
Catbird
Juncos
Pine Warbler
​Yellow bellied Sapsucker
Field Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
​Swamp Sparrow

10/6/17- NYBG
Ruby throated hummingbird
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Phoebe
Great Blue Heron

9/21/17- Fall Migration is ON!
Central Park - I birded the North Woods and Loch. Highlights include fleeting views of a much sort after Mourning Warbler. The warbler was located by the Pool in the northwest corner under a willow tree. I had some looks, enough to identify. Also spotted were Magnolia, Nashville, Bay-breasted, Parula, Cape May, Palm, Black throated blue, lots of American Redstarts, Common Yellowthroats and Black and white warblers. Scarlet tanager and male Rose breasted grosbeak added to the magic of the day. 

8/30/17 - Orchard Beach
​If you would like to see shore birds up close and personal - go to the Orchard Beach Parking Lot. Amazing shore birds have been gathering in a large rain puddle on the northeast end of the parking lot. Spotted so far: Semipalmated sandpiper and plovers, Least Sandpipers, Western Semipalmated Sandpipers, Pectoral Sandpipers, Short-billed Dowitchers, Lesser Yellowlegs, Baird's Sandpiper and today (8/30) Whimprels! Click on "Shorebirds" on the top tab to see more photos of these incredible birds. 

8/12/17- Baird's Sandpiper at Orchard Beach! 
After my NYBG bird walk I drove over to Orchard Beach to see the shore birds in the puddles. The puddles were filled with semipalmated sandpipers! Among the sandpipers, three Pectoral Sandpipers stood out and then I caught a glimpse of a record bird for the Bronx- Baird's Sandpiper! My amazing sight was short lived as a car - out of nowhere - drove through the puddle sending all the birds flying towards the lagoon. Some of the birds rejoined in another puddle - but not the Baird's. Also observed semipalmated plovers, Forster's Tern, Common Tern, Osprey, herons and egrets.  

8/12/17-NYBG
Baltimore Orioles
Ruby throated hummingbird- male
Eastern Kingbird
A. Goldfinch
Catbirds
Mockingbird
Chimney swifts
American Kestrel
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow warbler
Common Yellowthroat




7/22/17- Birds, Butterflies and Dragonflies!
The green herons' offspring has fledged the nest and can be seen on the south side of the big lake hanging out with mom near the bushes. All the red tailed hawks are hunting on their own and have flown into the forest. Flickers, red bellied woodpeckers, yellow warbler, common yellowthroat, catbirds, bluejays, cardinals, tufted titmouse, wood thrush, white breasted nuthatch, mourning doves, Balt. Oriole, Eastern Kingbird, Warbling vireo, wood ducks, mallards, Eastern Wood Peewee and Eastern Phoebe were all nesting at NYBG.  We have spotted silver spotted skipper, hairstreaks, summer azure, painted lady, red admiral, comma, tiger swallowtail and many dragonflies, including pond skimmers, saddle bags, cottontail, red damsels, and more. 


6/3-6/24/17- NYBG
Birding during the month of June is always a bit of a let down. After the month of May, June is usually very slow with most birds on the nest. At NYBG we have observed the following birds nesting:
Eastern Wood Peewee
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Baltimore Oriole
Blue Jay
Cardinal
Mourning Doves
Catbirds
Red tailed hawks (3 young!)
Green Heron
Red winged blackbirds
Grackles
Cedar waxwings
Wood ducks
Also spotted:
Rough winged swallows, tree swallows, great blue heron, great egret, great horned owls, mallards, chipping sparrows and song sparrows. 


5/27/17- NYBG 
Thanks to Linda we hit a nice pocket of warblers feeding in the black locust trees next to the Bronx River. We need to remember this location for next late May. 
Cape May -f
N. Parula
Magnolia
Yellow
Black throated blue
Blackpoll

Warbling Vireo
Orioles
Great crested flycatcher
E. Kingbird
Green Herons
Great Blue Herons
Eastern Wood Peewee

5/18/17 - Central Park
Warblers were either dripping from the trees or scarce to find this past week. A very strange spring migration indeed. 
Worm eating
Northern Parula
Northern Waterthrush
Ovenbird
Black throated blue
Black throated Green
Hooded
American Redstart
Black and white
Blue winged
Wilson's
Bay breasted
Chestnut sided
Blackpoll
Yellow
Scarlet Tanager
Swainson's thrush

4/30/17 - Central Park- The Ramble 1-7pm
Hooded Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Blue-winged warbler
Yellow rumped warbler
Black-throated green
Black-throated blue
Ovenbird
Northern Parula
American Redstart
Black and white warbler
LEAST BITTERN- Life bird!
Red headed woodpecker - at the feeders- this is not the same bird that has been on 68th & 5th Ave.
Wood Thrush
Swainson's thrush
Field Sparrow
House Finch
Scarlet Tanager
​Belted Kingfisher

4/29/17- NYBG -They're Here! The warblers and Spring Migrants Have Arrived! To see photos click on "Spring Migrants 2017" from the menu above.


Common Blackpoll-2
Bay breasted warbler -1
Yellow warbler-2
Louisiana water thrush-1
Northern waterthrush -1
Yellow rumped warbler -many
N Parula-3
Prairie warbler-1
Oven bird-1
Black and white warbler-3
Black throated green warbler-1
Warbling vireo-4
Blue Headed Vireo-2
E Phoebe-4
Green heron-1
Baltimore oriole-2
E Kingbird-1
Chimney swifts -many
Northern rough winged swallow-6
Wood ducks-2
Mallards
Red tailed hawk
Great horned owl
Sharp shinned hawk
Cooper's hawk
American Crow-3
Grackles
Chickadee
Tufted titmouse
Cardinal
Bluejay
Mourning doves
Wild male turkey 
Great crested flycatcher
Catbirds

4/28/17- Central Park- The Ramble 4-6pm
Black throated blue -f
Black throated green 
Common yellowthroat -m
Prairie warbler
Black and white
Yellow rumped warbler
Palm warbler
American Redstart - m
Oven bird
Scarlet tanager
Wood thrush
Veery
Great crested flycatcher
Winter wren

4/1/17- Highlights of my bird tour @NYBG include Eastern Bluebird, Phoebes, Turkey Vulture, Sharp shinned hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Cooper's hawk, wood ducks, great horned owls and nesting red tailed hawks.

3/25/17- @NYBG - Eastern Phoebes! The Harbinger of Spring Arrives - spring is on its way!
Golden Crowned Kinglets, Rusty Blackbird, YB Sapsucker, wood ducks, great blue heron and hooded merganser.  

3/23/2017
Go Birding @NYBG, The New York Botanical Garden. Winter birding at its best! Birds of interest include: Rusty Black birds, Field Sparrows, Kinglets and American Woodcocks. 

2/19/17- Canvasbacks have been reported at 147th and Hudson River.

2/19/17- Central Park Reservoir
N. Shovelers
Black duck
Pied billed grebe
Red necked grebe
Common loon
Coots
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Ducks

2/18/17 - Lagoon, Orchard Beach
Red throated loon
Buffleheads
Black ducks
Red breasted merganser
Bald eagle, immature
Belted Kingfisher, flyby

2/18/17- NYBG
Highlights of today's bird walk include our nesting Great Horned Owls. The female seems to be attending to her nest as she was observed moving about and reaching low into the nest with her beak. The male is nearby, in a tree, guarding his family. Rusty blackbirds, red-winged blackbirds, yellow bellied sapsucker and a continuing Field Sparrow were some of the top birds we spotted. 

2/4/17- NYBG
Our resident GHO are nesting and we are keeping our fingers crossed for owlets this year. For the last two years, the nest was not a success. If you should see nesting owls, at NYBG, or elsewhere, please KEEP your distance. Do not disturb them with noise, flash, or baiting. If you like to photograph wildlife then please respect the wildlife. 

1/22/17
At the NYBG on my Saturday morning bird walk.
Wood ducks- 30
Belted kingfisher
Cooper's hawk
RT hawk
​Sharp shinned hawk
Great blue heron
American Crow
A Robins
N Cardinal
Downy Woodpecker
White breasted nuthatch
Juncos

1/14/17
At the NYBG on my Saturday morning bird walk. 22 people.
Rusty blackbirds
Peregrine falcon
Cooper's hawk
YB Sapsucker
RB woodpecker
Wild turkey
Song sparrow
WT sparrow
Juncos
Chickadee 
Tufted Titmouse
Cardinals
Blue jays
American Robins



12/28/16- Central Park 59th St. Pond
Green winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Wood duck


NYBG - 12/10/16
​On my Saturday morning bird walk @NYBG we saw the following:

Red winged blackbirds-large flock of mostly immature males. 50+
House finch
Swamp sparrow
Fox sparrow
White crowned sparrow
Song sparrow
White breasted nuthatch
A Goldfinch
A Robin
Tufted titmouse
Chickadee
Cooper's hawk
Sharp shinned hawk
Red tailed hawk
Wood ducks
Mallards
Belted Kingfisher
Red bellied woodpecker 
Downy woodpecker 
Juncos

NYBG -12/3/16
Great day of winter Birding on my Saturday morning bird walk @NYBG. We saw the following:

Cedar waxwings 20+
Red winged blackbirds 50+
Belted Kingfisher 
Mallards
Red tailed Hawks 
Blue jay 
Cardinals
Mourning dove
American crow
A Goldfinch
House finch
Swamp sparrow
Song sparrow
White throated sparrow
Red breasted nuthatch
White breasted nuthatch
Downy woodpecker 
Red bellied woodpecker
Yellow bellied sapsucker 
Great horned owl
A. Robin
Chickadee
Tufted titmouse


11/12/16
​Red shouldered hawk
Red tailed hawk
Yellow bellied sapsucker
Downy woodpecker 
Red bellied woodpecker 
Hairy woodpecker 
Chickadee
Tufted titmouse
Golden Crowned kinglet
Ruby crowned Kinglet
White throated sparrow
Swamp sparrow
Song sparrow
Mallards
Belted Kingfisher 
White breasted nuthatch
Cedar waxwing
A Goldfinch
House finch
Northern Cardinal
Mourning dove
Blue jay
Mockingbird
Hermit thrush
Juncos
Tufted titmouse
American Robins



10/8/17- NYBG
Despite the dreary day - we found some good birds to watch on my Saturday morning bird walk @ NYBG. 

Cooper's hawk
Red tailed hawk
Great horned owl
Palm warbler
Pine warbler
Black and white warbler
Yellow rumped warbler
White crowned sparrow- Twin Lakes
Savannah sparrow- Twin Lakes
Field sparrow- Crab Apples
Chipping sparrow- Crab Apples
Song sparrow- Bronx River
Swamp sparrow- Swale
White throated sparrow
House finch
Purple finch- male/2 females- Twin Lakes
A Goldfinch
Catbird
Mockingbird
American Robin
Swainson's thrush
Chimney swift
N Flicker
Red bellied woodpecker 
Yellow bellied sapsucker 
Chickadee
Eastern Phoebe
Ruby throated hummingbird
Black crowned night heron- immature
Cedar waxwings


​9/25/17- NYBG
Finally,  a day with north west winds! While it remained overcast we saw many low flying migratory hawks and osprey. We also had a nice pocket of warblers in the woods, in addition to a gray cheeked thrush. 
Here is a list of what we saw and what was reported by those who birded before the walk began:

Broad winged Hawks -3
Cooper's hawk-1
Osprey-11
American Kestrel-1
Red tailed hawk-2
Great horned owl
Black throated blue warbler
Black throated green warbler
Black and white warbler
Blackpoll - immature
Common yellowthroat
American Redstart
Palm warbler
Northern Parula
Grey cheeked thrush
Mockingbird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown thrasher 
Chimney Swifts- many
American Goldfinch-many
Flickers-many
Red bellied woodpecker
Yellow bellied sapsucker
Red breasted nuthatch
White breasted nuthatch
Downy woodpecker 
House finch
Mourning dove
Blue jays
Cardinals
Tufted titmouse
Ruby throated hummingbird-6
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern wood peewee
Wood ducks
Mallard



9/17/16- NYBG
At the beginning of today's walk there were reports of an unusual bulcuoop. canada goose naisten takkibird in the Native Plant Garden. The general consensus seemed to suggest a cockatiel. The bird was not found again. We heard and observed the following:

Scarlet tanager
Chimney swift
Black and white warbler
Yellow warbler
American Redstart
Northern waterthrush
Common Yellothroat
Eastern wood peewee-2
Red breasted nuthatch
White breasted nuthatch
Tufted Titmouse
Catbird
N. Cardinal
A. Goldfinch
Bluejay
Mockingbird
Mourning dove
Wood duck-female
Mallard
Ruby throated hummingbird-9
House finch
Downy woodpecker
Red bellied woodpecker
N Flicker
A. Robin
Red tailed hawk
Osprey
American Kestrel


9/10/16-NYBG
A very warm and humid day on the Saturday morning bird walk at NYBG. We toured Twin Lakes, Native Plant Garden, swale and the Rock Garden. We saw/heard the following:

Eastern wood Peewee-4
Least flycatcher -1
Empidonax flycatcher -2
Northern flicker
Downy woodpecker
Blue gray gnatcatcher -1
Black capped chickadee
Warbling video-2
Red eyed vireo-2
Ruby throated hummingbird-2
Cedar waxwings
Red tailed hawk-3
Song sparrow
A. Goldfinch
Carolina wren
House wren
Common Yellowthroat
Black and white warbler
White breasted nuthatch
Mourning dove
American Robin
Chimney swifts-many
Catbird
Cardinal
Bluejay



​9/3/16- NYBG
The first bird walk of the new season was simply fantastic! We had birds for three hours in most garden locations. Highlights include our first bird, a Great Horned Owl looking as majestic as ever sitting prominently out on a branch. We moved on to see a Solitary Sandpiper giving spectacular views at Twin Lakes. Also on the lakes were two Green Herons, an immature Night Heron and Belted Kingfisher. We viewed a family of wood ducks, mallards, Baltimore Orioles and a Ruby throated hummingbird's nest. We found a hummer later in the walk. 
We ran into a splendid pocket of warblers including black throated green, black and white, Northern Parula, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart and two Red eyed vireos. 

Here is a list of what we saw:
Great horned owl
Red tailed Hawks
Solitary sandpiper
Immature Night Heron
Green herons-2
Belted kingfisher
Song sparrow
House finch
American Goldfinch-15
Mourning dove
Blue jays
Cardinals
House wren
Red bellied woodpecker
Downy woodpecker 
Great created flycatcher
Ruby throated hummingbird
Red eyed vireo-2
Warbling vireo
Baltimore Oriole-2
Black throated green warbler
Black and white-3
Northern Parula-2
American Redstart-2
Common Yellowthroat
Mallards
Wood ducks
Black capped chickadee-1
Tufted titmouse-5
Northern Flicker-2
American Robins - many in assorted states of maturity
Catbird-5


8/1/16
​Most birders, during the summer, become restless with free time between birding seasons. Many have comforted themselves by watching butterflies, dragonflies, moths and anything else that flies. It has been a long hot summer with not many birds to see. Shore birds were supposed to arrive the third week in July, but judging by some of the posts from Jamaica Bay, they are late or have diverted to another wetland area. Since Hurricane Sandy, the shorebird population, in the NYC area seems to have dwindled. 

​Most of the nesting summer visitors have raised their young and have begun their migratory journey back to their winter habitats. As soon as September arrives we will see this migration begin and all the spring visitors will pass through again, but this time in drabber plumage. Look for Orioles, Tanagers, Hummingbirds, Grosbeaks, Warblers and of course, the highlight of the migration: Hawks and Eagles  during the months of September and October. 


Turtle Cove- 7/30/16
Yellow warbler, nesting Alder/Willow type flycatcher, great egrets, snowy egrets, great blue heron, osprey, red winged blackbirds, marsh wrens, barn swallows, Common Yellowthroats, Song Sparrows and flickers. 

NYBG 6/19/16
Highlights of my free Saturday bird walk at NYBG include a MALE RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD. 

Also observed and heard:
Eastern Wood Peewee
Balt Oriole
N. Flicker
Yellow bellied Sapsucker 
Downy woodpecker 
Red bellied woodpecker 
Chipping sparrow
Song sparrow
Cedar waxwings
Mourning dove
Bluejay
Cardinal
American Goldfinch
American Kestrel
Red tailed hawk
Cormorant
Great egret
Eastern Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Chimney swifts
Catbird
Red winged blackbird
Grackles
American Robin
Cowbird
Mallard
House Wren

Clouded Sulphur
Tiger swallowtail 


5/21/16- NYBG
Even though it was an overcast day and the migration seems to be winding down we still had good looks at some pretty good birds on my Saturday morning bird walk @NYBG. Cedar waxwings were everywhere but most visible and posing for the camera while taking baths in the Native Plant Garden. Warbling vireos were definitely the voice of the day perched high in the trees warbling while the B. Orioles, in the same trees, were quiet and busy building nests. Eastern Kingbirds, perched high in treetops, were fly catching throughout the garden. Most the warblers we saw and heard were in the Native Plant Garden including the female Indigo bunting. 

We heard/observed the following:
Indigo bunting - female 
Wood duck w two ducklings
Balt Orioles
Eastern Kingbirds
House Wrens
Chestnut sided warbler
Common yellowthroat
Yellow warbler
Cedar waxwings- large flocks throughout he garden
Tree swallow on Twin Lakes & Native Plant Garden
Chimney swifts
Red tailed hawk
Cooper's hawk
Warbling vireos- everywhere
Swainson's thrush
American Robin
Goldfinch
Mockingbird
Tufted titmouse
Chickadee
Song sparrow
Chipping sparrow
Cardinal
Mourning dove
Grackle
Red winged blackbird
Cowbird
N. Flicker
Red bellied woodpecker
Downy woodpecker 
Catbird
5/14/16-NYBG
A spectacular day of birding on my Saturday morning bird walk @NYBG. There were 57 birders ready to see warblers and the birds do not disappoint! We had wonderful eye level views of BAY BREASTED, BLACKPOLL and Black -throated Green off Hester Bridge. On the Ridge Trail we had great views of a male CAPE MAY and female BLACKBURNIAN -in one eyeglass - battling over inch worms. A female black-throated green and CANADA were also competing for insects in a nearby tree. A YELLOW warbler came in for a drink at the water basin inside the Native Plant Garden - the sun reflecting brightly off its yellow feathers - it really was a sight to behold. At the Swale we watched two Cedar Waxwings courting and also observed red tailed hawks circling, one with prey in its talons. 

We heard/observed the following:

Bay breasted- eye level
Blackburnian-great looks
Cape May male - great looks
Blackpoll - eye level
Black n white-3
Common yellowthroat-male/female
Yellow- great looks
Northern waterthrush-1
American redstart-male
Ovenbird 
Black throated green- eye level-3
Black throated blue 
Blue winged
Northern Parula 
Canada-1
Yellow rumped-7
Eastern kingbird-1
Warbling vireo-2
Baltimore Orioles - everywhere
Cedar waxwings-2
Least flycatcher-heard and observed
Eastern Wood pewee- calling
Red wing blackbirds
Wood ducks
Mallards
House wren-2
Grackle
Mourning dove
Cardinal
Bluejay
Mockingbird
Red tailed hawk
American kestrel
Red bellied woodpecker 
Tufted titmouse
Catbird 
American crow
Chimney swifts
American Goldfinch
Chipping sparrow
Song sparrow
Swamp sparrow 
Cormorant 

NYBG - 5/7/16
It was a damp and dreary start to my Saturday morning bird walk at NYBG. Highlights of the walk included YELLOW WARBLERS, RED Tailed Hawks courting and Eastern Kingbirds. 

It was a feeding frenzy at the Native Plant Garden as 100's of chimney swifts were swooping into the pond grabbing insects. Also hawking were tree swallows, Eastern Kingbirds and house sparrows. Over Twin Lakes two red tailed Hawks were performing a mating ritual. Throughout the garden,
Yellow warblers were calling and Baltimore Orioles were busily feeding in the trees. 

A lone Nighthawk flew over Twin Lakes at 3:30pm. 

We saw/heard the following:
NIGHTHAWK
Red tailed Hawks 
Kestrel
Cooper's hawk
Yellow warbler-6
Yellow rumped warbler-5
Blue winged warbler-heard
Black and white warbler
Cormorants 
Wood duck
Mallard
Belted Kingfisher
Mockingbird
Red winged blackbird
Grackles
Tree swallow -3
Barn swallow-1
Chimney swifts- 100+
House wren-2
Balt Oriole-4
Eastern Kingbird-3
Warbling vireo-3
Downy
White breasted nuthatch
Cardinal
Bluejay
Mourning Dove
Swamp sparrow
Song sparrow
House finch
American goldfinch
Eastern Towhee
Chickadee
American Crow-3



NYBG 4/23/16 - Highlights include:
Black throated blue warbler
Prairie Warbler
Yellow Warbler
House Wren
Chimney Swift

Turtle Cove
Osprey
Greater Yellowlegs
Snowy Egrets


NYBG 4/2/16
Highlights of my Saturday morning bird walk at NYBG include: an early VEERY, PINE WARBLERS, HERMIT THRUSH, TREE SWALLOWS and the spectacular sight of 5-6 GREAT BLUE HERONS, in breeding plumage, perched on the forest tree tops. 

Also observed:
Osprey
Red tailed hawk
Sharp shinned hawk 
Juncos
American Goldfinch
House finch
White throated sparrow
Fox sparrow-5
Song sparrow
Hermit thrush
VEERY
Pine warblers-6
N. Flickers-4 - displaying tails
Yellow bellied sapsucker
Red bellied woodpecker 
Downy woodpecker 
Eastern Phoebe-4
Red winged blackbird
Grackles
Wood ducks
Mallards
Cardinal
Blue jay
Mourning doves
Tree swallows on Twin Lakes-3
Golden crowned kinglet
Ruby crowned kinglet 
Chickadee
White breasted nuthatch
American Crow-6




3/13/16
The Saturday morning bird walk was delightful with blossoming daffodils and spring crocuses welcoming the warmer weather. At Twin Lakes and the Bronx River we counted 14 pairs of wood ducks. The turtles were on the log and mourning cloaks were everywhere! We saw / heard the following birds:
​SNOW GEESE - 2 flyover
Red tailed hawk
American Kestrel
Cooper's hawk
Sharp shinned hawk
Hairy woodpecker 
Downy woodpeckers 
Red bellied woodpecker 
Yellow bellied sapsucker
Red winged blackbird
White breasted nuthatch
Chickadee
Song sparrow
White throated sparrow
Fox sparrow
House finch
American goldfinch
Juncos 
Cardinal
Bluejay
Mourning dove
Grackle
American Robin
Wood ducks
Mallards
2/20/16 NYBG Birdwalks 

We have run the gamut of -1 degree to 56 degrees in a matter of seven days. But how does it affect the birds? Most birds, who do not have layers of down feathers, will shiver to keep warm. Some will flock together on a branch in tight rows to share body warmth and shiver together. The real challenge is finding enough food, during the day, to give them the energy to shiver at night. Birds who frequent feeders have a better chance of survival. They can take the peanuts and sunflower seeds and use the protein in these nuts to fuel their shivering abilities. Wild birds, who cannot find feeders, use nature's own products to help them survive. At NYBG, crabapples, plant seeds, and sweet gum sticky ball seeds offer sustenance for our avian friends. The seeds and berries that were not picked off the branch now lay below the trees, buried in the shrubbery of winter's dormant foliage. Ground birds feast on these morsels gathering the precious food for survival. 
​On yesterday's bird walk, we found a dead American Robin. The robin is an interesting bird. Once a migratory bird who signaled the beginning of spring in the northeast, the robin has been overwintering - for more than 15 years. And the number of overwintering robins continue to grow. They are a classic example of a evolution through adaptation. During the warmer months the American robin, or red breast robin will run along the ground, tilting its head trying to hone in on worm vibrations as they move through the dirt below. When the robin's toes feel the vibration of a worm it will jump and sharply drive its pointy beak into the ground to pull the worm from the warm earth. During the winter months, the worms are hibernating and not moving. The ground is frozen with ice and snow and not even a robin's beak can penetrate the winter frost. So robins have adapted to eating different types of food. Crabapples are a favorite, as the robins follow the example of resident winter birds who are feasting on the berries. We have observed robins turning over leaves in a marsh  imitating rusty blackbirds who are also leaf turners. Is this learned behavior or a natural adaptation?
The Eastern Towhee performs a dance in dry winter leaves thrusting itself back and forth to dislodge any hibernating spiders and insects from the leaves. Once an insect crawls out it is quickly gobbled up. White throated sparrows have adapted the Towhee's behavior in searching for food. Now you can watch a ballet of movement in shrubs on the grounds of NYBG as the white throated sparrow and towhee dance for their dinner. So who does the robin mimic when it comes to finding food? Most often we see robins with blackbirds, European Starlings, Cedar Waxwings, House Finch and American Goldfinch. Wherever we see these birds feeding in trees a poke of red breast robin with their distinctive call will peak out. When anyone doubts the theory of evolution, they need not look any further than the wintering American Robin. As for the dead robin we found, it could be that it was also evolution and the survival of the fittest that lay this robin to rest. Future generations will adapt in ways we have yet to observe to survive the northeast winter. 

1/23/16- Snow Storm Jonas
Many people have been emailing me asking what types of birds they may see after the storm. Since this storm is coming from the west and up the coast - it might bring any southwestern birds into our area. Look for ducks and long earned owls who might get caught up in the powerful winds. As the storm turns off the Atlantic Coast it will bring sea birds closer to shore. The best time to see these rarities - if it is SAFE - is right after the storm ends. Sunday morning might be a good time to look off shore for seabirds and ducks who were drawn in by the wind gusts and high tide. If you see anything good please email me: birdingaroundnyc@gmail.com or tweet @debbiebecker1. 


Orchard Beach 1/9/16
After the bird walk at NYBG I took a ride to Pelham Bay Park. The unusually warm weather has impacted the duck population usually observed in the waters of the lagoon, Hunter Island and local beaches. I was able to find a few buffleheads, red breasted mergansers, hooded mergansers, gadwall, and even more surprisingly, 15 scaup!  There were plenty of Canada geese, but nothing out of the ordinary. Except for the one red tailed hawk perched high on a snag it was pretty quiet. I stayed around till sunset to watch the deer gently emerge from the forest. They are so lovely to watch!

1/9/16- NYBG
On my Saturday morning bird walk, through the rain drops, we saw the following birds:

Red tailed hawk
Cooper's hawk w pigeon in talons
Sharp shinned hawk
Hooded mergansers-2
Grackles -200+
Rusty Blackbirds -3 Twin Lakes
Mockingbird-2
White breasted nuthatch
Red breasted nuthatch-2
Yellow bellied sapsucker - adult
Red bellied woodpecker 
Downy woodpecker 
House finch-5
American goldfinch
Fox sparrow -4
Song sparrow
White throated sparrow
Juncos
American Robin
Cardinal
Bluejay
Mourning dove
American crow
Ruby crowned kinglet
Chickadee 

JANUARY 2, 2016 - NYBG
The Saturday morning bird walks @NYBG are free with grounds admission and everyone is welcome. Today we had 25 people on my first bird walk of 2016 and saw the following birds: 

Great Horned Owl - 1 
Red tailed hawk-1
Cooper's hawk-1
American Robin - many
Mockingbird-1
Chickadee-6
American Goldfinch -12
Pine Siskin-1
Rusty Blackbird -2
Grackles -300+ large flock
Blue jay -12
Cardinal-4
Song sparrow-2
Swamp sparrow-1
White throated sparrow-many
Fox sparrow-2
Juncos-many
House finch-3
Red bellied woodpecker-3
Downy woodpecker -4
Wood ducks-2
Mallards-8
Hermit thrush-1
Ruby crowned kinglet-2
American Crow-1
Mourning doves-9
Red winged blackbird -1
White breasted nuthatch-3



NYBG 12/26/15
The last Saturday morning bird walk of 2015 produced a surprising Nashville and black and white warbler.
We saw the following on today's walk:
Great horned owl-1
Red tailed hawk-1
Cooper's hawk-1
Fox sparrow -9
White throated sparrow -44
Song sparrow -2
Swamp sparrow -2
Eastern towhee-1
Hermit thrush-1
American Robin-29
White breasted nuthatch-1
Chickadee-6
Junco-14
House finch-19
American goldfinch-3
Red winged blackbird-1
Mockingbird-1
Blue jay-6
Mourning doves-15
Cardinal-3
Cedar waxwing-2
Ruby crowned kinglet-1
Golden crowned kinglet-2
Eastern Phoebe-1
Mallard-5
Hairy woodpecker -1
Downy woodpecker -3
Red bellied woodpecker -2
American crow-1
Nashville warbler - swale
Black and white warbler- crabapples

​12/13/15 NYBG
On the unofficial Christmas bird count (temp 65 degrees) @NYBG we saw the following:

Fox sparrow -4
Swamp sparrow-1
Song sparrow -5
House sparrow-26
House finch-7
White throated sparrow-17
Mallards-27
American crow-2
Red tailed hawk-3 including one bathing in the Bronx River
Red winged blackbirds-86+ (more than a spring/summer day)
Rusty blackbirds-2
Pine Siskin-1
Cardinal-2
Bluejay-11
Mourning doves-58
American Goldfinch -1
Cedar waxwing -2
American Robin-29
Yellow bellied sapsucker-1
Downy woodpecker -3
Red bellied woodpecker -4
Chickadee-3
White breasted nuthatch-2

​NYBG 12/6/15
Another great day of birding on the Saturday morning bird walk at NYBG. 
We started out on the forest trail walking to Twin Lakes. Mallards were on the small lake and there was a bit of a birding frenzy at the larger lake. Thirty + red winged blackbirds were circling the lake along with a Pine Siskin and Rusty Blackbirds. Also observed was a brilliant mature yellow bellied sapsucker. The bird was beautiful with red and yellow highlights. An immature bird was also present as was a male purple finch. Another birder reported a flock of Pine Siskins earlier in the week. 
We followed the path back kicking up the juncos feeding by the Watson Building and found American Goldfinch, Fox, white throated, song and swamp sparrows, Chickadees and another mature sapsucker at the Swale. 
As we moved down toward the crab apples we spotted a BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER and a FLYCATCHER. The flycatcher appeared to be an Eastern Phoebe. 

Bird List
BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER
Eastern Phoebe 
Red tailed hawk
Sharp shinned hawk
Cooper's hawk
Purple Finch- male
Yellow bellied sapsucker - mature & immature
Hairy woodpecker 
Downy woodpecker
Red bellied woodpecker
Fox sparrow
Swamp sparrow
Song sparrow
White throated sparrow
Eastern towhee - heard
Chickadee
Blue jays
Mourning doves - many
Red winged blackbirds- 30+
Rusty Blackbird
American Crow
White breasted nuthatch
Mallards
Pine Siskin
Juncos
American Goldfinch
American Robin

11/28/15- NYBG
Today's morning bird walk @NYBG had to be the best - since fall migration. Birds were everywhere and very active for a cloudy/rainy day. 
We started off by observing Rusty Blackbirds in the swale when I received a phone call from fellow birder Joanne Wasser who found one of our GHOs. We left the Rusty and headed straight for the forest finding the owl in a deciduous tree- quite visible. When comparing this male owl to the owl in Central Park you can certainly see differences in age and perhaps health. As nesting season approaches, we hope the NYBG owls have much better luck this year.  

At Twin Lakes we found a female Cooper's hawk being harassed by a mob of blue jays but the hawk held tight. 

We headed towards the Native Plant Garden spooking up Juncos as we walked. Earlier we had watched American Goldfinch on seed balls and scanned for the Pine Siskin, who might have been up there, but we were unable to get good looks in the dead light. In front of the Rock Garden we found 9 Cardinals -all juveniles - in a tree eating berries. It was a fantastic sight. (Photos on my website tomorrow). There was also a Hermit Thrush and Chickadees. And bird watcher Maya got her Yellow bellied sapsucker! 
We proceeded down to the Mitsubishi Path and encountered a pair of downy woodpeckers, white throated, song, swamp and fox sparrows. The white throated sparrows were singing sweetly. A red winged blackbird was sitting on the fence watching us watch all the commotion. There were birds everywhere! 

We wandered down to the crab apples where we found American Robins all over the red, orange and yellow berries. Another beautiful sight. Cedar waxwings, two Ruby Crowned Kinglets and a Purple Finch were trying to partake in the fruit while being buzzed by a Merlin and red tailed hawk. 

We spotted three more Rusty Blackbirds on the way back and a Cooper's hawk while scattering sparrows, cardinals and chickadees on the path. 

Cedar waxwings
Rusty blackbirds
Purple finch
American Goldfinch
Cooper's hawk
Red tailed hawk
Great Horned owl-1
Merlin
Red tailed hawk
Ruby crowned kinglets
American Robins
Red winged blackbird
Grackle
Fox sparrow
White throated sparrow
Swamp sparrow 
Song sparrow
Cardinal
Blue jays
Hood Mergansers - Bronx River
Mallards
Red bellied woodpecker
Yellow bellied sapsucker
Hermit thrush
Chickadees
Tufted titmouse
Mourning doves




11/27/15 NYBG
Beautiful day at the Saturday morning bird walk. Quiet winds and the last of the fall foliage made the day quite nice. Highlights include Purple Finch, Pine Siskin, and Rusty Blackbird. 

Purple finch spotted in Native Plant Garden.
Rusty Blackbirds in the marsh area.
Red winged blackbirds
Cooper's hawk
Red tailed hawk
American Kestrel 
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin in the Sweet Gum at the bottom of Azalea Way. 
House Finch
Fox Sparrow
Song sparrow
White throated sparrow
White breasted nuthatch
Downy woodpecker 
Red bellied woodpecker (heard)
Yellow bellied sapsucker
American robin
Chickadee 
Cardinal
Blue Jay
Wood ducks on Bronx River
Mallards
Hermit Thrush


11/14/15 - NYBG
​On a windy Saturday morning bird walk, at NYBG, we saw the
following:

Peregrine Falcon
Red tailed hawk
Cooper's hawk
American
Goldfinch- many
Purple finch-2 in sweet gum trees
House finch
Savannah
sparrow-1
Swamp sparrow
White throated sparrow 
Song sparrow
American crow
Red winged blackbird-2 females/4 immature males
White breasted
nuthatch
Chickadee
Blue jay
Mallard
American Robin
Red bellied woodpecker-heard
Cedar waxwings- mixed flock immature and mature-8
Downy woodpecker
Dark eyes juncos

10/17/15 - The New York Botanical Garden
The radar from last night was quite accurate as there were many birds at the
garden especially hawks. But the rarest find was a NELSON's SPARROW in the swale
closest to the sign that reads "What is a Wetland."  It was hunkered down in a
bush with other swamp and song sparrows. The orange face was the immediate give
away and we had brief but rewarding looks. We also had a flock of Brant and
Canada Geese separately fly over. 
We also saw:
Black vultures-4
Turkey
vulture-1
Rough legged Hawks-2
Sharp shinned hawk-1
Cooper's hawk-1
Red
tailed hawk-2
American Kestrel-1
Indigo Bunting -3
Cape may warbler-1
Yellow
rumped warbler-3
Palm warbler-2
Common yellowthroat -1
Nelson's sparrow-1
Song sparrows -7
Swamp sparrows -3
White throated sparrow -1
Field sparrows-2
Savannah sparrows -1
Towhee - male and female-2
American
Goldfinch-8
Ruby crowned kinglet -2
Tufted titmouse-1
Cardinal-3
Bluejay-12
White breasted nuthatch-2
Hairy woodpecker-1
Downy woodpecker -2
Red bellied woodpecker -2
Northern Flicker-1
Eastern Phoebe-1
Mockingbird-1
American Robin-2
Gray Catbird -1

10/10/15- NYBG
There were 26 people on my Saturday morning bird walk @NYBG. We saw the following birds:

Red tailed Hawks-2
Cooper's hawk-1
Osprey-1
Field sparrow-3
White crowned sparrow-1
Chipping sparrow -too many to count
Eastern towhee-3
White throated sparrow -12
Fox sparrow-1
American goldfinch -12
Yellow rumped warbler-2
Common yellowthroat -3
Black n white warbler-1
Red eyed vireo-1
Cardinals
Blue jays
Catbird-3
Northern flicker -1
Red bellied woodpecker-2
White breasted nuthatch-1

9/12/15- NYBG
Although the weather looked threatening 24 birders turned out for late summer
birding. Migration is underway with warblers, and migrating osprey flying over
NYBG. Highlights include a late afternoon Bald Eagle and a pair of green herons


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11/25/17- NYBG

American Goldfinch 
Merlin - chasing red winged blackbird flock
Red winged blackbirds -19
Red bellied woodpecker 
Downy woodpecker 
Yellow bellied sapsucker
Juncos
House finch
Song sparrow
Chipping sparrow
Field sparrow
White throated sparrow
Cardinal
Blue jay
White breasted nuthatch
Wood ducks
Mallards
Great blue heron
Mourning doves 
American Robin
Chickadees

Monarch Butterfly! ​

Bryant Park - 11/24
Common Yellowthroats, Hermit Thrush, WT and Swamp Sparrows


NYBG - 11/18

Baltimore Oriole - first year male
Field sparrow
Fox sparrow
Song sparrow
Savannah sparrow
White throated sparrow
Chipping sparrow
House finch
Juncos
Red winged blackbird
Brown creeper-3
Cardinal
Blue jay
Tufted titmouse 
Chickadee
White breasted nuthatch
American Goldfinch
American Robin
Hairy woodpecker 
Downy woodpecker 
Red bellied woodpecker 
Yellow bellied sapsucker
Mallards
Wood ducks
Great blue heron
Mockingbird
Red tailed hawk
Winter wren
Golden crowned kinglet
Hermit thrush
Mourning dove




11/4/17- NYBG
Great Horned Owl
Great Blue Heron
Wood Ducks
Catbird
Juncos
Pine Warbler
​Yellow bellied Sapsucker
Field Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
​Swamp Sparrow

10/6/17- NYBG
Ruby throated hummingbird
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Phoebe
Great Blue Heron

9/21/17- Fall Migration is ON!
Central Park - I birded the North Woods and Loch. Highlights include fleeting views of a much sort after Mourning Warbler. The warbler was located by the Pool in the northwest corner under a willow tree. I had some looks, enough to identify. Also spotted were Magnolia, Nashville, Bay-breasted, Parula, Cape May, Palm, Black throated blue, lots of American Redstarts, Common Yellowthroats and Black and white warblers. Scarlet tanager and male Rose breasted grosbeak added to the magic of the day. 

8/30/17 - Orchard Beach
​If you would like to see shore birds up close and personal - go to the Orchard Beach Parking Lot. Amazing shore birds have been gathering in a large rain puddle on the northeast end of the parking lot. Spotted so far: Semipalmated sandpiper and plovers, Least Sandpipers, Western Semipalmated Sandpipers, Pectoral Sandpipers, Short-billed Dowitchers, Lesser Yellowlegs, Baird's Sandpiper and today (8/30) Whimprels! Click on "Shorebirds" on the top tab to see more photos of these incredible birds. 

8/12/17- Baird's Sandpiper at Orchard Beach! 
After my NYBG bird walk I drove over to Orchard Beach to see the shore birds in the puddles. The puddles were filled with semipalmated sandpipers! Among the sandpipers, three Pectoral Sandpipers stood out and then I caught a glimpse of a record bird for the Bronx- Baird's Sandpiper! My amazing sight was short lived as a car - out of nowhere - drove through the puddle sending all the birds flying towards the lagoon. Some of the birds rejoined in another puddle - but not the Baird's. Also observed semipalmated plovers, Forster's Tern, Common Tern, Osprey, herons and egrets.  

8/12/17-NYBG
Baltimore Orioles
Ruby throated hummingbird- male
Eastern Kingbird
A. Goldfinch
Catbirds
Mockingbird
Chimney swifts
American Kestrel
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow warbler
Common Yellowthroat




7/22/17- Birds, Butterflies and Dragonflies!
The green herons' offspring has fledged the nest and can be seen on the south side of the big lake hanging out with mom near the bushes. All the red tailed hawks are hunting on their own and have flown into the forest. Flickers, red bellied woodpeckers, yellow warbler, common yellowthroat, catbirds, bluejays, cardinals, tufted titmouse, wood thrush, white breasted nuthatch, mourning doves, Balt. Oriole, Eastern Kingbird, Warbling vireo, wood ducks, mallards, Eastern Wood Peewee and Eastern Phoebe were all nesting at NYBG.  We have spotted silver spotted skipper, hairstreaks, summer azure, painted lady, red admiral, comma, tiger swallowtail and many dragonflies, including pond skimmers, saddle bags, cottontail, red damsels, and more. 


6/3-6/24/17- NYBG
Birding during the month of June is always a bit of a let down. After the month of May, June is usually very slow with most birds on the nest. At NYBG we have observed the following birds nesting:
Eastern Wood Peewee
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Baltimore Oriole
Blue Jay
Cardinal
Mourning Doves
Catbirds
Red tailed hawks (3 young!)
Green Heron
Red winged blackbirds
Grackles
Cedar waxwings
Wood ducks
Also spotted:
Rough winged swallows, tree swallows, great blue heron, great egret, great horned owls, mallards, chipping sparrows and song sparrows. 


5/27/17- NYBG 
Thanks to Linda we hit a nice pocket of warblers feeding in the black locust trees next to the Bronx River. We need to remember this location for next late May. 
Cape May -f
N. Parula
Magnolia
Yellow
Black throated blue
Blackpoll

Warbling Vireo
Orioles
Great crested flycatcher
E. Kingbird
Green Herons
Great Blue Herons
Eastern Wood Peewee

5/18/17 - Central Park
Warblers were either dripping from the trees or scarce to find this past week. A very strange spring migration indeed. 
Worm eating
Northern Parula
Northern Waterthrush
Ovenbird
Black throated blue
Black throated Green
Hooded
American Redstart
Black and white
Blue winged
Wilson's
Bay breasted
Chestnut sided
Blackpoll
Yellow
Scarlet Tanager
Swainson's thrush

4/30/17 - Central Park- The Ramble 1-7pm
Hooded Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Blue-winged warbler
Yellow rumped warbler
Black-throated green
Black-throated blue
Ovenbird
Northern Parula
American Redstart
Black and white warbler
LEAST BITTERN- Life bird!
Red headed woodpecker - at the feeders- this is not the same bird that has been on 68th & 5th Ave.
Wood Thrush
Swainson's thrush
Field Sparrow
House Finch
Scarlet Tanager
​Belted Kingfisher

4/29/17- NYBG -They're Here! The warblers and Spring Migrants Have Arrived! To see photos click on "Spring Migrants 2017" from the menu above.


Common Blackpoll-2
Bay breasted warbler -1
Yellow warbler-2
Louisiana water thrush-1
Northern waterthrush -1
Yellow rumped warbler -many
N Parula-3
Prairie warbler-1
Oven bird-1
Black and white warbler-3
Black throated green warbler-1
Warbling vireo-4
Blue Headed Vireo-2
E Phoebe-4
Green heron-1
Baltimore oriole-2
E Kingbird-1
Chimney swifts -many
Northern rough winged swallow-6
Wood ducks-2
Mallards
Red tailed hawk
Great horned owl
Sharp shinned hawk
Cooper's hawk
American Crow-3
Grackles
Chickadee
Tufted titmouse
Cardinal
Bluejay
Mourning doves
Wild male turkey 
Great crested flycatcher
Catbirds

4/28/17- Central Park- The Ramble 4-6pm
Black throated blue -f
Black throated green 
Common yellowthroat -m
Prairie warbler
Black and white
Yellow rumped warbler
Palm warbler
American Redstart - m
Oven bird
Scarlet tanager
Wood thrush
Veery
Great crested flycatcher
Winter wren

4/1/17- Highlights of my bird tour @NYBG include Eastern Bluebird, Phoebes, Turkey Vulture, Sharp shinned hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Cooper's hawk, wood ducks, great horned owls and nesting red tailed hawks.

3/25/17- @NYBG - Eastern Phoebes! The Harbinger of Spring Arrives - spring is on its way!
Golden Crowned Kinglets, Rusty Blackbird, YB Sapsucker, wood ducks, great blue heron and hooded merganser.  

3/23/2017
Go Birding @NYBG, The New York Botanical Garden. Winter birding at its best! Birds of interest include: Rusty Black birds, Field Sparrows, Kinglets and American Woodcocks. 

2/19/17- Canvasbacks have been reported at 147th and Hudson River.

2/19/17- Central Park Reservoir
N. Shovelers
Black duck
Pied billed grebe
Red necked grebe
Common loon
Coots
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Ducks

2/18/17 - Lagoon, Orchard Beach
Red throated loon
Buffleheads
Black ducks
Red breasted merganser
Bald eagle, immature
Belted Kingfisher, flyby

2/18/17- NYBG
Highlights of today's bird walk include our nesting Great Horned Owls. The female seems to be attending to her nest as she was observed moving about and reaching low into the nest with her beak. The male is nearby, in a tree, guarding his family. Rusty blackbirds, red-winged blackbirds, yellow bellied sapsucker and a continuing Field Sparrow were some of the top birds we spotted. 

2/4/17- NYBG
Our resident GHO are nesting and we are keeping our fingers crossed for owlets this year. For the last two years, the nest was not a success. If you should see nesting owls, at NYBG, or elsewhere, please KEEP your distance. Do not disturb them with noise, flash, or baiting. If you like to photograph wildlife then please respect the wildlife. 

1/22/17
At the NYBG on my Saturday morning bird walk.
Wood ducks- 30
Belted kingfisher
Cooper's hawk
RT hawk
​Sharp shinned hawk
Great blue heron
American Crow
A Robins
N Cardinal
Downy Woodpecker
White breasted nuthatch
Juncos

1/14/17
At the NYBG on my Saturday morning bird walk. 22 people.
Rusty blackbirds
Peregrine falcon
Cooper's hawk
YB Sapsucker
RB woodpecker
Wild turkey
Song sparrow
WT sparrow
Juncos
Chickadee 
Tufted Titmouse
Cardinals
Blue jays
American Robins



12/28/16- Central Park 59th St. Pond
Green winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Wood duck


NYBG - 12/10/16
​On my Saturday morning bird walk @NYBG we saw the following:

Red winged blackbirds-large flock of mostly immature males. 50+
House finch
Swamp sparrow
Fox sparrow
White crowned sparrow
Song sparrow
White breasted nuthatch
A Goldfinch
A Robin
Tufted titmouse
Chickadee
Cooper's hawk
Sharp shinned hawk
Red tailed hawk
Wood ducks
Mallards
Belted Kingfisher
Red bellied woodpecker 
Downy woodpecker 
Juncos

NYBG -12/3/16
Great day of winter Birding on my Saturday morning bird walk @NYBG. We saw the following:

Cedar waxwings 20+
Red winged blackbirds 50+
Belted Kingfisher 
Mallards
Red tailed Hawks 
Blue jay 
Cardinals
Mourning dove
American crow
A Goldfinch
House finch
Swamp sparrow
Song sparrow
White throated sparrow
Red breasted nuthatch
White breasted nuthatch
Downy woodpecker 
Red bellied woodpecker
Yellow bellied sapsucker 
Great horned owl
A. Robin
Chickadee
Tufted titmouse


11/12/16
​Red shouldered hawk
Red tailed hawk
Yellow bellied sapsucker
Downy woodpecker 
Red bellied woodpecker 
Hairy woodpecker 
Chickadee
Tufted titmouse
Golden Crowned kinglet
Ruby crowned Kinglet
White throated sparrow
Swamp sparrow
Song sparrow
Mallards
Belted Kingfisher 
White breasted nuthatch
Cedar waxwing
A Goldfinch
House finch
Northern Cardinal
Mourning dove
Blue jay
Mockingbird
Hermit thrush
Juncos
Tufted titmouse
American Robins



10/8/17- NYBG
Despite the dreary day - we found some good birds to watch on my Saturday morning bird walk @ NYBG. 

Cooper's hawk
Red tailed hawk
Great horned owl
Palm warbler
Pine warbler
Black and white warbler
Yellow rumped warbler
White crowned sparrow- Twin Lakes
Savannah sparrow- Twin Lakes
Field sparrow- Crab Apples
Chipping sparrow- Crab Apples
Song sparrow- Bronx River
Swamp sparrow- Swale
White throated sparrow
House finch
Purple finch- male/2 females- Twin Lakes
A Goldfinch
Catbird
Mockingbird
American Robin
Swainson's thrush
Chimney swift
N Flicker
Red bellied woodpecker 
Yellow bellied sapsucker 
Chickadee
Eastern Phoebe
Ruby throated hummingbird
Black crowned night heron- immature
Cedar waxwings


​9/25/17- NYBG
Finally,  a day with north west winds! While it remained overcast we saw many low flying migratory hawks and osprey. We also had a nice pocket of warblers in the woods, in addition to a gray cheeked thrush. 
Here is a list of what we saw and what was reported by those who birded before the walk began:

Broad winged Hawks -3
Cooper's hawk-1
Osprey-11
American Kestrel-1
Red tailed hawk-2
Great horned owl
Black throated blue warbler
Black throated green warbler
Black and white warbler
Blackpoll - immature
Common yellowthroat
American Redstart
Palm warbler
Northern Parula
Grey cheeked thrush
Mockingbird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown thrasher 
Chimney Swifts- many
American Goldfinch-many
Flickers-many
Red bellied woodpecker
Yellow bellied sapsucker
Red breasted nuthatch
White breasted nuthatch
Downy woodpecker 
House finch
Mourning dove
Blue jays
Cardinals
Tufted titmouse
Ruby throated hummingbird-6
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern wood peewee
Wood ducks
Mallard



9/17/16- NYBG
At the beginning of today's walk there were reports of an unusual bird in the Native Plant Garden. The general consensus seemed to suggest a cockatiel. The bird was not found again. We heard and observed the following:

Scarlet tanager
Chimney swift
Black and white warbler
Yellow warbler
American Redstart
Northern waterthrush
Common Yellothroat
Eastern wood peewee-2
Red breasted nuthatch
White breasted nuthatch
Tufted Titmouse
Catbird
N. Cardinal
A. Goldfinch
Bluejay
Mockingbird
Mourning dove
Wood duck-female
Mallard
Ruby throated hummingbird-9
House finch
Downy woodpecker
Red bellied woodpecker
N Flicker
A. Robin
Red tailed hawk
Osprey
American Kestrel


9/10/16-NYBG
A very warm and humid day on the Saturday morning bird walk at NYBG. We toured Twin Lakes, Native Plant Garden, swale and the Rock Garden. We saw/heard the following:

Eastern wood Peewee-4
Least flycatcher -1
Empidonax flycatcher -2
Northern flicker
Downy woodpecker
Blue gray gnatcatcher -1
Black capped chickadee
Warbling video-2
Red eyed vireo-2
Ruby throated hummingbird-2
Cedar waxwings
Red tailed hawk-3
Song sparrow
A. Goldfinch
Carolina wren
House wren
Common Yellowthroat
Black and white warbler
White breasted nuthatch
Mourning dove
American Robin
Chimney swifts-many
Catbird
Cardinal
Bluejay



​9/3/16- NYBG
The first bird walk of the new season was simply fantastic! We had birds for three hours in most garden locations. Highlights include our first bird, a Great Horned Owl looking as majestic as ever sitting prominently out on a branch. We moved on to see a Solitary Sandpiper giving spectacular views at Twin Lakes. Also on the lakes were two Green Herons, an immature Night Heron and Belted Kingfisher. We viewed a family of wood ducks, mallards, Baltimore Orioles and a Ruby throated hummingbird's nest. We found a hummer later in the walk. 
We ran into a splendid pocket of warblers including black throated green, black and white, Northern Parula, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart and two Red eyed vireos. 

Here is a list of what we saw:
Great horned owl
Red tailed Hawks
Solitary sandpiper
Immature Night Heron
Green herons-2
Belted kingfisher
Song sparrow
House finch
American Goldfinch-15
Mourning dove
Blue jays
Cardinals
House wren
Red bellied woodpecker
Downy woodpecker 
Great created flycatcher
Ruby throated hummingbird
Red eyed vireo-2
Warbling vireo
Baltimore Oriole-2
Black throated green warbler
Black and white-3
Northern Parula-2
American Redstart-2
Common Yellowthroat
Mallards
Wood ducks
Black capped chickadee-1
Tufted titmouse-5
Northern Flicker-2
American Robins - many in assorted states of maturity
Catbird-5


8/1/16
​Most birders, during the summer, become restless with free time between birding seasons. Many have comforted themselves by watching butterflies, dragonflies, moths and anything else that flies. It has been a long hot summer with not many birds to see. Shore birds were supposed to arrive the third week in July, but judging by some of the posts from Jamaica Bay, they are late or have diverted to another wetland area. Since Hurricane Sandy, the shorebird population, in the NYC area seems to have dwindled. 

​Most of the nesting summer visitors have raised their young and have begun their migratory journey back to their winter habitats. As soon as September arrives we will see this migration begin and all the spring visitors will pass through again, but this time in drabber plumage. Look for Orioles, Tanagers, Hummingbirds, Grosbeaks, Warblers and of course, the highlight of the migration: Hawks and Eagles  during the months of September and October. 


Turtle Cove- 7/30/16
Yellow warbler, nesting Alder/Willow type flycatcher, great egrets, snowy egrets, great blue heron, osprey, red winged blackbirds, marsh wrens, barn swallows, Common Yellowthroats, Song Sparrows and flickers. 

NYBG 6/19/16
Highlights of my free Saturday bird walk at NYBG include a MALE RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD. 

Also observed and heard:
Eastern Wood Peewee
Balt Oriole
N. Flicker
Yellow bellied Sapsucker 
Downy woodpecker 
Red bellied woodpecker 
Chipping sparrow
Song sparrow
Cedar waxwings
Mourning dove
Bluejay
Cardinal
American Goldfinch
American Kestrel
Red tailed hawk
Cormorant
Great egret
Eastern Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Chimney swifts
Catbird
Red winged blackbird
Grackles
American Robin
Cowbird
Mallard
House Wren

Clouded Sulphur
Tiger swallowtail 


5/21/16- NYBG
Even though it was an overcast day and the migration seems to be winding down we still had good looks at some pretty good birds on my Saturday morning bird walk @NYBG. Cedar waxwings were everywhere but most visible and posing for the camera while taking baths in the Native Plant Garden. Warbling vireos were definitely the voice of the day perched high in the trees warbling while the B. Orioles, in the same trees, were quiet and busy building nests. Eastern Kingbirds, perched high in treetops, were fly catching throughout the garden. Most the warblers we saw and heard were in the Native Plant Garden including the female Indigo bunting. 

We heard/observed the following:
Indigo bunting - female 
Wood duck w two ducklings
Balt Orioles
Eastern Kingbirds
House Wrens
Chestnut sided warbler
Common yellowthroat
Yellow warbler
Cedar waxwings- large flocks throughout he garden
Tree swallow on Twin Lakes & Native Plant Garden
Chimney swifts
Red tailed hawk
Cooper's hawk
Warbling vireos- everywhere
Swainson's thrush
American Robin
Goldfinch
Mockingbird
Tufted titmouse
Chickadee
Song sparrow
Chipping sparrow
Cardinal
Mourning dove
Grackle
Red winged blackbird
Cowbird
N. Flicker
Red bellied woodpecker
Downy woodpecker 
Catbird
5/14/16-NYBG
A spectacular day of birding on my Saturday morning bird walk @NYBG. There were 57 birders ready to see warblers and the birds do not disappoint! We had wonderful eye level views of BAY BREASTED, BLACKPOLL and Black -throated Green off Hester Bridge. On the Ridge Trail we had great views of a male CAPE MAY and female BLACKBURNIAN -in one eyeglass - battling over inch worms. A female black-throated green and CANADA were also competing for insects in a nearby tree. A YELLOW warbler came in for a drink at the water basin inside the Native Plant Garden - the sun reflecting brightly off its yellow feathers - it really was a sight to behold. At the Swale we watched two Cedar Waxwings courting and also observed red tailed hawks circling, one with prey in its talons. 

We heard/observed the following:

Bay breasted- eye level
Blackburnian-great looks
Cape May male - great looks
Blackpoll - eye level
Black n white-3
Common yellowthroat-male/female
Yellow- great looks
Northern waterthrush-1
American redstart-male
Ovenbird 
Black throated green- eye level-3
Black throated blue 
Blue winged
Northern Parula 
Canada-1
Yellow rumped-7
Eastern kingbird-1
Warbling vireo-2
Baltimore Orioles - everywhere
Cedar waxwings-2
Least flycatcher-heard and observed
Eastern Wood pewee- calling
Red wing blackbirds
Wood ducks
Mallards
House wren-2
Grackle
Mourning dove
Cardinal
Bluejay
Mockingbird
Red tailed hawk
American kestrel
Red bellied woodpecker 
Tufted titmouse
Catbird 
American crow
Chimney swifts
American Goldfinch
Chipping sparrow
Song sparrow
Swamp sparrow 
Cormorant 

NYBG - 5/7/16
It was a damp and dreary start to my Saturday morning bird walk at NYBG. Highlights of the walk included YELLOW WARBLERS, RED Tailed Hawks courting and Eastern Kingbirds. 

It was a feeding frenzy at the Native Plant Garden as 100's of chimney swifts were swooping into the pond grabbing insects. Also hawking were tree swallows, Eastern Kingbirds and house sparrows. Over Twin Lakes two red tailed Hawks were performing a mating ritual. Throughout the garden,
Yellow warblers were calling and Baltimore Orioles were busily feeding in the trees. 

A lone Nighthawk flew over Twin Lakes at 3:30pm. 

We saw/heard the following:
NIGHTHAWK
Red tailed Hawks 
Kestrel
Cooper's hawk
Yellow warbler-6
Yellow rumped warbler-5
Blue winged warbler-heard
Black and white warbler
Cormorants 
Wood duck
Mallard
Belted Kingfisher
Mockingbird
Red winged blackbird
Grackles
Tree swallow -3
Barn swallow-1
Chimney swifts- 100+
House wren-2
Balt Oriole-4
Eastern Kingbird-3
Warbling vireo-3
Downy
White breasted nuthatch
Cardinal
Bluejay
Mourning Dove
Swamp sparrow
Song sparrow
House finch
American goldfinch
Eastern Towhee
Chickadee
American Crow-3



NYBG 4/23/16 - Highlights include:
Black throated blue warbler
Prairie Warbler
Yellow Warbler
House Wren
Chimney Swift

Turtle Cove
Osprey
Greater Yellowlegs
Snowy Egrets


NYBG 4/2/16
Highlights of my Saturday morning bird walk at NYBG include: an early VEERY, PINE WARBLERS, HERMIT THRUSH, TREE SWALLOWS and the spectacular sight of 5-6 GREAT BLUE HERONS, in breeding plumage, perched on the forest tree tops. 

Also observed:
Osprey
Red tailed hawk
Sharp shinned hawk 
Juncos
American Goldfinch
House finch
White throated sparrow
Fox sparrow-5
Song sparrow
Hermit thrush
VEERY
Pine warblers-6
N. Flickers-4 - displaying tails
Yellow bellied sapsucker
Red bellied woodpecker 
Downy woodpecker 
Eastern Phoebe-4
Red winged blackbird
Grackles
Wood ducks
Mallards
Cardinal
Blue jay
Mourning doves
Tree swallows on Twin Lakes-3
Golden crowned kinglet
Ruby crowned kinglet 
Chickadee
White breasted nuthatch
American Crow-6




3/13/16
The Saturday morning bird walk was delightful with blossoming daffodils and spring crocuses welcoming the warmer weather. At Twin Lakes and the Bronx River we counted 14 pairs of wood ducks. The turtles were on the log and mourning cloaks were everywhere! We saw / heard the following birds:
​SNOW GEESE - 2 flyover
Red tailed hawk
American Kestrel
Cooper's hawk
Sharp shinned hawk
Hairy woodpecker 
Downy woodpeckers 
Red bellied woodpecker 
Yellow bellied sapsucker
Red winged blackbird
White breasted nuthatch
Chickadee
Song sparrow
White throated sparrow
Fox sparrow
House finch
American goldfinch
Juncos 
Cardinal
Bluejay
Mourning dove
Grackle
American Robin
Wood ducks
Mallards
2/20/16 NYBG Birdwalks 

We have run the gamut of -1 degree to 56 degrees in a matter of seven days. But how does it affect the birds? Most birds, who do not have layers of down feathers, will shiver to keep warm. Some will flock together on a branch in tight rows to share body warmth and shiver together. The real challenge is finding enough food, during the day, to give them the energy to shiver at night. Birds who frequent feeders have a better chance of survival. They can take the peanuts and sunflower seeds and use the protein in these nuts to fuel their shivering abilities. Wild birds, who cannot find feeders, use nature's own products to help them survive. At NYBG, crabapples, plant seeds, and sweet gum sticky ball seeds offer sustenance for our avian friends. The seeds and berries that were not picked off the branch now lay below the trees, buried in the shrubbery of winter's dormant foliage. Ground birds feast on these morsels gathering the precious food for survival. 
​On yesterday's bird walk, we found a dead American Robin. The robin is an interesting bird. Once a migratory bird who signaled the beginning of spring in the northeast, the robin has been overwintering - for more than 15 years. And the number of overwintering robins continue to grow. They are a classic example of a evolution through adaptation. During the warmer months the American robin, or red breast robin will run along the ground, tilting its head trying to hone in on worm vibrations as they move through the dirt below. When the robin's toes feel the vibration of a worm it will jump and sharply drive its pointy beak into the ground to pull the worm from the warm earth. During the winter months, the worms are hibernating and not moving. The ground is frozen with ice and snow and not even a robin's beak can penetrate the winter frost. So robins have adapted to eating different types of food. Crabapples are a favorite, as the robins follow the example of resident winter birds who are feasting on the berries. We have observed robins turning over leaves in a marsh  imitating rusty blackbirds who are also leaf turners. Is this learned behavior or a natural adaptation?
The Eastern Towhee performs a dance in dry winter leaves thrusting itself back and forth to dislodge any hibernating spiders and insects from the leaves. Once an insect crawls out it is quickly gobbled up. White throated sparrows have adapted the Towhee's behavior in searching for food. Now you can watch a ballet of movement in shrubs on the grounds of NYBG as the white throated sparrow and towhee dance for their dinner. So who does the robin mimic when it comes to finding food? Most often we see robins with blackbirds, European Starlings, Cedar Waxwings, House Finch and American Goldfinch. Wherever we see these birds feeding in trees a poke of red breast robin with their distinctive call will peak out. When anyone doubts the theory of evolution, they need not look any further than the wintering American Robin. As for the dead robin we found, it could be that it was also evolution and the survival of the fittest that lay this robin to rest. Future generations will adapt in ways we have yet to observe to survive the northeast winter. 

1/23/16- Snow Storm Jonas
Many people have been emailing me asking what types of birds they may see after the storm. Since this storm is coming from the west and up the coast - it might bring any southwestern birds into our area. Look for ducks and long earned owls who might get caught up in the powerful winds. As the storm turns off the Atlantic Coast it will bring sea birds closer to shore. The best time to see these rarities - if it is SAFE - is right after the storm ends. Sunday morning might be a good time to look off shore for seabirds and ducks who were drawn in by the wind gusts and high tide. If you see anything good please email me: birdingaroundnyc@gmail.com or tweet @debbiebecker1. 


Orchard Beach 1/9/16
After the bird walk at NYBG I took a ride to Pelham Bay Park. The unusually warm weather has impacted the duck population usually observed in the waters of the lagoon, Hunter Island and local beaches. I was able to find a few buffleheads, red breasted mergansers, hooded mergansers, gadwall, and even more surprisingly, 15 scaup!  There were plenty of Canada geese, but nothing out of the ordinary. Except for the one red tailed hawk perched high on a snag it was pretty quiet. I stayed around till sunset to watch the deer gently emerge from the forest. They are so lovely to watch!

1/9/16- NYBG
On my Saturday morning bird walk, through the rain drops, we saw the following birds:

Red tailed hawk
Cooper's hawk w pigeon in talons
Sharp shinned hawk
Hooded mergansers-2
Grackles -200+
Rusty Blackbirds -3 Twin Lakes
Mockingbird-2
White breasted nuthatch
Red breasted nuthatch-2
Yellow bellied sapsucker - adult
Red bellied woodpecker 
Downy woodpecker 
House finch-5
American goldfinch
Fox sparrow -4
Song sparrow
White throated sparrow
Juncos
American Robin
Cardinal
Bluejay
Mourning dove
American crow
Ruby crowned kinglet
Chickadee 

JANUARY 2, 2016 - NYBG
The Saturday morning bird walks @NYBG are free with grounds admission and everyone is welcome. Today we had 25 people on my first bird walk of 2016 and saw the following birds: 

Great Horned Owl - 1 
Red tailed hawk-1
Cooper's hawk-1
American Robin - many
Mockingbird-1
Chickadee-6
American Goldfinch -12
Pine Siskin-1
Rusty Blackbird -2
Grackles -300+ large flock
Blue jay -12
Cardinal-4
Song sparrow-2
Swamp sparrow-1
White throated sparrow-many
Fox sparrow-2
Juncos-many
House finch-3
Red bellied woodpecker-3
Downy woodpecker -4
Wood ducks-2
Mallards-8
Hermit thrush-1
Ruby crowned kinglet-2
American Crow-1
Mourning doves-9
Red winged blackbird -1
White breasted nuthatch-3



NYBG 12/26/15
The last Saturday morning bird walk of 2015 produced a surprising Nashville and black and white warbler.
We saw the following on today's walk:
Great horned owl-1
Red tailed hawk-1
Cooper's hawk-1
Fox sparrow -9
White throated sparrow -44
Song sparrow -2
Swamp sparrow -2
Eastern towhee-1
Hermit thrush-1
American Robin-29
White breasted nuthatch-1
Chickadee-6
Junco-14
House finch-19
American goldfinch-3
Red winged blackbird-1
Mockingbird-1
Blue jay-6
Mourning doves-15
Cardinal-3
Cedar waxwing-2
Ruby crowned kinglet-1
Golden crowned kinglet-2
Eastern Phoebe-1
Mallard-5
Hairy woodpecker -1
Downy woodpecker -3
Red bellied woodpecker -2
American crow-1
Nashville warbler - swale
Black and white warbler- crabapples

​12/13/15 NYBG
On the unofficial Christmas bird count (temp 65 degrees) @NYBG we saw the following:

Fox sparrow -4
Swamp sparrow-1
Song sparrow -5
House sparrow-26
House finch-7
White throated sparrow-17
Mallards-27
American crow-2
Red tailed hawk-3 including one bathing in the Bronx River
Red winged blackbirds-86+ (more than a spring/summer day)
Rusty blackbirds-2
Pine Siskin-1
Cardinal-2
Bluejay-11
Mourning doves-58
American Goldfinch -1
Cedar waxwing -2
American Robin-29
Yellow bellied sapsucker-1
Downy woodpecker -3
Red bellied woodpecker -4
Chickadee-3
White breasted nuthatch-2

​NYBG 12/6/15
Another great day of birding on the Saturday morning bird walk at NYBG. 
We started out on the forest trail walking to Twin Lakes. Mallards were on the small lake and there was a bit of a birding frenzy at the larger lake. Thirty + red winged blackbirds were circling the lake along with a Pine Siskin and Rusty Blackbirds. Also observed was a brilliant mature yellow bellied sapsucker. The bird was beautiful with red and yellow highlights. An immature bird was also present as was a male purple finch. Another birder reported a flock of Pine Siskins earlier in the week. 
We followed the path back kicking up the juncos feeding by the Watson Building and found American Goldfinch, Fox, white throated, song and swamp sparrows, Chickadees and another mature sapsucker at the Swale. 
As we moved down toward the crab apples we spotted a BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER and a FLYCATCHER. The flycatcher appeared to be an Eastern Phoebe. 

Bird List
BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER
Eastern Phoebe 
Red tailed hawk
Sharp shinned hawk
Cooper's hawk
Purple Finch- male
Yellow bellied sapsucker - mature & immature
Hairy woodpecker 
Downy woodpecker
Red bellied woodpecker
Fox sparrow
Swamp sparrow
Song sparrow
White throated sparrow
Eastern towhee - heard
Chickadee
Blue jays
Mourning doves - many
Red winged blackbirds- 30+
Rusty Blackbird
American Crow
White breasted nuthatch
Mallards
Pine Siskin
Juncos
American Goldfinch
American Robin

11/28/15- NYBG
Today's morning bird walk @NYBG had to be the best - since fall migration. Birds were everywhere and very active for a cloudy/rainy day. 
We started off by observing Rusty Blackbirds in the swale when I received a phone call from fellow birder Joanne Wasser who found one of our GHOs. We left the Rusty and headed straight for the forest finding the owl in a deciduous tree- quite visible. When comparing this male owl to the owl in Central Park you can certainly see differences in age and perhaps health. As nesting season approaches, we hope the NYBG owls have much better luck this year.  

At Twin Lakes we found a female Cooper's hawk being harassed by a mob of blue jays but the hawk held tight. 

We headed towards the Native Plant Garden spooking up Juncos as we walked. Earlier we had watched American Goldfinch on seed balls and scanned for the Pine Siskin, who might have been up there, but we were unable to get good looks in the dead light. In front of the Rock Garden we found 9 Cardinals -all juveniles - in a tree eating berries. It was a fantastic sight. (Photos on my website tomorrow). There was also a Hermit Thrush and Chickadees. And bird watcher Maya got her Yellow bellied sapsucker! 
We proceeded down to the Mitsubishi Path and encountered a pair of downy woodpeckers, white throated, song, swamp and fox sparrows. The white throated sparrows were singing sweetly. A red winged blackbird was sitting on the fence watching us watch all the commotion. There were birds everywhere! 

We wandered down to the crab apples where we found American Robins all over the red, orange and yellow berries. Another beautiful sight. Cedar waxwings, two Ruby Crowned Kinglets and a Purple Finch were trying to partake in the fruit while being buzzed by a Merlin and red tailed hawk. 

We spotted three more Rusty Blackbirds on the way back and a Cooper's hawk while scattering sparrows, cardinals and chickadees on the path. 

Cedar waxwings
Rusty blackbirds
Purple finch
American Goldfinch
Cooper's hawk
Red tailed hawk
Great Horned owl-1
Merlin
Red tailed hawk
Ruby crowned kinglets
American Robins
Red winged blackbird
Grackle
Fox sparrow
White throated sparrow
Swamp sparrow 
Song sparrow
Cardinal
Blue jays
Hood Mergansers - Bronx River
Mallards
Red bellied woodpecker
Yellow bellied sapsucker
Hermit thrush
Chickadees
Tufted titmouse
Mourning doves




11/27/15 NYBG
Beautiful day at the Saturday morning bird walk. Quiet winds and the last of the fall foliage made the day quite nice. Highlights include Purple Finch, Pine Siskin, and Rusty Blackbird. 

Purple finch spotted in Native Plant Garden.
Rusty Blackbirds in the marsh area.
Red winged blackbirds
Cooper's hawk
Red tailed hawk
American Kestrel 
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin in the Sweet Gum at the bottom of Azalea Way. 
House Finch
Fox Sparrow
Song sparrow
White throated sparrow
White breasted nuthatch
Downy woodpecker 
Red bellied woodpecker (heard)
Yellow bellied sapsucker
American robin
Chickadee 
Cardinal
Blue Jay
Wood ducks on Bronx River
Mallards
Hermit Thrush


11/14/15 - NYBG
​On a windy Saturday morning bird walk, at NYBG, we saw the
following:

Peregrine Falcon
Red tailed hawk
Cooper's hawk
American
Goldfinch- many
Purple finch-2 in sweet gum trees
House finch
Savannah
sparrow-1
Swamp sparrow
White throated sparrow 
Song sparrow
American crow
Red winged blackbird-2 females/4 immature males
White breasted
nuthatch
Chickadee
Blue jay
Mallard
American Robin
Red bellied woodpecker-heard
Cedar waxwings- mixed flock immature and mature-8
Downy woodpecker
Dark eyes juncos

10/17/15 - The New York Botanical Garden
The radar from last night was quite accurate as there were many birds at the
garden especially hawks. But the rarest find was a NELSON's SPARROW in the swale
closest to the sign that reads "What is a Wetland."  It was hunkered down in a
bush with other swamp and song sparrows. The orange face was the immediate give
away and we had brief but rewarding looks. We also had a flock of Brant and
Canada Geese separately fly over. 
We also saw:
Black vultures-4
Turkey
vulture-1
Rough legged Hawks-2
Sharp shinned hawk-1
Cooper's hawk-1
Red
tailed hawk-2
American Kestrel-1
Indigo Bunting -3
Cape may warbler-1
Yellow
rumped warbler-3
Palm warbler-2
Common yellowthroat -1
Nelson's sparrow-1
Song sparrows -7
Swamp sparrows -3
White throated sparrow -1
Field sparrows-2
Savannah sparrows -1
Towhee - male and female-2
American
Goldfinch-8
Ruby crowned kinglet -2
Tufted titmouse-1
Cardinal-3
Bluejay-12
White breasted nuthatch-2
Hairy woodpecker-1
Downy woodpecker -2
Red bellied woodpecker -2
Northern Flicker-1
Eastern Phoebe-1
Mockingbird-1
American Robin-2
Gray Catbird -1

10/10/15- NYBG
There were 26 people on my Saturday morning bird walk @NYBG. We saw the following birds:

Red tailed Hawks-2
Cooper's hawk-1
Osprey-1
Field sparrow-3
White crowned sparrow-1
Chipping sparrow -too many to count
Eastern towhee-3
White throated sparrow -12
Fox sparrow-1
American goldfinch -12
Yellow rumped warbler-2
Common yellowthroat -3
Black n white warbler-1
Red eyed vireo-1
Cardinals
Blue jays
Catbird-3
Northern flicker -1
Red bellied woodpecker-2
White breasted nuthatch-1

9/12/15- NYBG
Although the weather looked threatening 24 birders turned out for late summer
birding. Migration is underway with warblers, and migrating osprey flying over
NYBG. Highlights include a late afternoon Bald Eagle and a pair of green herons