OTHER SITES TO VISIT
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.
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.