Thursday, April 10, 2014

107 Reasons to Go on a Birding Tour

Last week Gabriel Willow, our Bryant Park Bird guide, noted that over 107 species of birds have been spotted in the park. If you aren't able to make our biweekly tours, you can still keep up with the park's avian life here on the blog, where we will post weekly discoveries from our Spring Tours. If you spot any species on your own, please feel free to leave comments or questions here, which we can relay to Gabriel.

Birding Tours of Bryant Park
Mondays, 8am - 9am
Thursdays, 5pm - 6pm
April 7 to May 22
Meet at 42nd Street and 6th Avenue for start of tour

Monday, April 7
Rock Pigeon, American Robin, Hermit Thrush, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Common Grackle, House Sparrow

Thursday, April 10
Rock Pigeon, Hermit Thrush, Song Sparrow, House Sparrow

Monday, April 14
Rock Pigeon, Northern Flicker, Hermit Thrush, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, House Sparrow

Thursday, April 17
Rock Pigeon, Hermit Thrush, White-throated Sparrow, House Sparrow

Monday, April 21
Rock Pigeon, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, Common Grackle, and House Sparrow
Heard: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker call

Thursday, April 24
Hermit Thrush, White-throated Sparrow, Rock Pigeon, Song Sparrow, House Sparrow

We've enjoyed many close up views of the Hermit Thrush this season. Like this one:

Monday, April 28
Rock Pigeon, American Robin, Hermit Thrush, European Starling, Brown Thrasher, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, House Sparrow

Thursday, May 1
Rock Pigeon, White-throated Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Song Sparrow, House Sparrow, Hermit Thrush

Monday, May 5
White-throated Sparrow, Baltimore Oriole, Unidentified Flycatcher (most likely an Eastern Wood-Pewee), House Sparrow, Gray Catbird, House Wren, Ovenbird, American Robin, European Starling, Common Yellowthroat, Swamp Sparrow, Rock Pigeon, Black-and-White Warbler, Brown Thrasher, Wood Thrush, and two flyover Turkey Vultures
Heard: Northern Waterthrush call

Thursday, May 8
Gray Catbird, Eastern Towhee, Ovenbird, House Sparrow, Rock Pigeon, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Common Yellowthroat, Ruby-crownded Kinglet, Black-and-White Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Parula, Veery

Monday, May 13
Double-crested Cormorant (flyover flock, headed West), Rock Pigeon, Red-eyed Vireo, European Starling (actually unusual in the park, but a pair is now nesting in a tree above the Bryant Park Cafe), American Robin, Swainson's Thrush, Wood Thrush, Gray Catbird (many), Northern Parula, Yellow Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler (several), Prairie Warbler (2), Black-and-White Warbler, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, Eastern Towhee, White-throated Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Baltimore Oriole (flyover), House Sparrow

Thursday, May 15
Rock Pigeon, Hermit Thrush, Gray Catbird, European Starling, Black-and-White Warbler, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, Swamp Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, House Sparrow

Monday, May 19
Rock Pigeon, American Robin, Wood Thrush, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing (flock of a dozen birds), European Starling, Black-and-white Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, Indigo Bunting (species #110 for the park!), Swamp Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow


  1. Gabriel, thanks for a great walk this morning, and for your recommendation to check out the Prothonotary Warbler at Madison Square Park. I saw it, and a number of Warblers and other characters. Please remind me - what's the name of the bird reporting app you were using this morning?

    1. Hi Meryl,
      I'm glad you were able to join us on the Bryant Park walk and caught the Prothonotary Warbler down at Madison Square Park! Good looking bird eh?
      As for the app I use to report/track my sightings, it's called WildLab Bird ( and is available for iOS devices (iPads and iPhones) through the App Store for free! You can track your sightings in real-time with locations on a map, see what others are seeing in the area, and see a selection of birds and hear their songs. Full disclosure - I helped to develop the app.