Monday, May 2, 2011

American Woodcock Spotted in Bryant Park

Photo by Mary Margaret Miller






















We had a rare sighting on our weekly Birding Tour of Bryant Park last Thursday evening: an American Woodcock sleeping under some shrubbery on the south side of the park.

Out of 15 people in the group it was the youngest member, a little girl taking the tour with her father, who spotted the bird. Gabriel Willow, Senior Naturalist at the New York City Audubon Society and leader of our tours, immediately identified the bird by its extraordinarily long bill, which it uses to probe the dirt for earthworms. 

Click here to listen to the American Woodcock's call, and join us on our next Birding Tour to learn how to identify it amongst the sounds of midtown Manhattan.

Photo by Mary Margaret Miller























Birding Tours of Bryant Park
Mondays, 8:00am – 9:00am
Thursdays, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
April 11 – June 2
Meet at the corner of 42nd Street & 6th Avenue

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