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CEN­TRAL PARK

With an in­cred­i­ble list of nearly 300 species, it is of­ten cited as one of the best bird­ing sites in the whole of the US. Spring mi­gra­tion dur­ing May is the time to visit, when the park can be in­vaded by thou­sands of mi­grants, in­clud­ing more than 30 species of Amer­i­can war­blers. There could be hun­dreds of bird­ers present, too, es­pe­cially in the Ram­ble area. Au­tumn mi­gra­tion is also pretty hec­tic, too, but a visit at any time of the year will yield birds. And don’t for­get to check out that doc­u­men­tary about Cen­tral Park.

PROSPECT PARK

A 526-acre, largely wooded oa­sis in Brook­lyn, with a species list of 280 birds. Look out for Brown Creeper and North­ern Flicker. Win­ter saw the much-lauded visit from a gor­geous male Painted Bunting, an out-of-sea­son and ex­tremely rare va­grant.

JA­MAICA BAY AND EN­VI­RONS

The wild ex­panses of this world-fa­mous wildlife refuge in Queens have long been known as a bird mag­net. Any­thing from Black Duck to Snowy Owl have been lo­cated here. You could eas­ily spend a day in the area.

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