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Birders Slideshow


American Goldfinch: A common bird throughout the year that all but disappears during the summer as it goes elsewhere to breed.


Baltimore Oriole: Frequenting the upper canopy, this strictly spring-through-fall visitor breeds annually in several places in the Park.


Black and White Warbler: A common warbler in spring and fall, where it can be seen climbing up trunks of trees, often at very close range.


Black-Throated Green Warbler: A common and aptly named warbler. Easy to find in the low vegetation in spring and fall.


Blue Jay: A familiar bird across the Eastern US, as well as in the Park. Very smart. Has been known to imitate hawks to scare other birds away from food.


Common Grackle: Although can be found year round, the numbers swell greatly in spring and summer. In fall, they form massive flocks in preparation for migration.


Common Yellowthroat: Very common and like all warbers, only found during spring and fall migrations. Often found near water.


Cooper's Hawk: Found in all seasons except summer, this forest hawk hunts other birds, and will often stake out the feeders in the Ramble.


Double-Crested Cormorant: Can be found all year long on one of the Park's water bodies, or flying overhead.


Eastern Towhee: Can be found year round, but more often in migration. A ground feeder of the forests where it scratches at the leaf litter in search of food.


Gadwall: Might be found any day of the year, on the Lake, Turtle Pond or the Reservoir.


Green Herron: Has been known to breed in the Park, but lately just passes through.


Hermit Thrush: The sometimes abundant early-spring, late-fall thrush, found throughout the woodlands and even sometimes on the more open areas of the Park.


Hooded Merganser: Reliably around in the winter, usually on the Reservoir or the Lake. Always arresting to see.


Lincoln's Sparrow: A reliable migrant whose secretive habits make it a treasured find.


Louisiana Waterthrush: A migrating warbler that is almost always seen along the muddy edges of a waterway.


Mallard: Ubiquitous in the Park and around the US. Found on all bodies of water, including creeks and puddles.


Northern Cardinal: A year-round resident. Conspicuous and beloved. Some have learned how to entice peanuts from humans.


Northern Flicker: Thousands of these noisy and conspicuous woodpeckers migrate through the Park every year. A few remain to nest in holes in trees.


Pied-Billed Grebe: Usually at least one can be found lurking around the edges of the Reservoir in winter.


Rose-Breasted Grosbeak: Large and usually not too hard to find, it is strictly a spring and fall migrant.


Scarlet Tanager: The bird that makes people go "wow." Fortunately, it is fairly common. Unfortunately, it likes to stay high in the trees.


Wild Turkey: Despite limited flying abilities, a single turkey seems to show up in the Park every so often, sometimes staying for many weeks.


Wood Duck: This spectacularly patterned visitor can be found in almost any month, but most commonly in winter.

Birders: The Central Park Effect

Reveals the extraordinary array of wild birds who grace Manhattan's celebrated patch of green and the equally colorful New Yorkers who schedule their lives around the rhythms of migration.