Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Central Park Birding in New York City

Among the 28 species of warblers that birders found in New York City’s Central Park last Thursday was a Blue-winged Warbler (photo by Paul Konrad).

There is a thriving community of birders in America’s largest city, and many consider the expansive greenspace of Central Park a favorite birding location. Certainly, migrating birds that see this grand island of trees, fields, and wetlands. Last week’s migrant birds attracted hundreds of birders to the park with binoculars and cameras in hand, logging a collective list of 28 warblers last Thursday including a Connecticut Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Canada Warbler, Mourning Warbler, and Blackburnian Warblers among them. Other standouts were Lincoln Sparrows, a Marsh Wren, and fly-over sightings of migrating Broad-winged Hawks.

Standout sightings last Friday included a Red-headed Woodpecker, Dickcissel, Sora, Great Horned Owl, and a fly-over Peregrine Falcon; while Saturday birders reported a Bald Eagle, Philadelphia Vireo, 4 species of thrushes, and 21 species of warblers! Birders were obviously active Sunday too, when they sighted 17 warbler species including a Hooded Warbler, plus exciting views of a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Lincoln’s Sparrow, and Orchard Oriole, along with Scarlet Tanagers and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks that always excite birders.

Obviously, Central Park birders are being treated to memorable bird sightings and photo opportunities. To monitor the daily reports for Central Park and other New York locations, we use the American Birding Association’s Birding News website at Birding News brought to you by American Birding Association - ( Click the box under the heading “State/Province”, and scroll to New York and click it. Then begin looking below the box to find daily Central Park reports and any others of interest. Of course, you can check out any state and province bird sightings that interest you – it’s always insightful and often a fun activity to see what birders are finding in your state, as well as other locations across North America and beyond.