Some people have said NYC is for the birds. They haven’t been to Bryant Park, where birds are so abundant that Bryant Park partners with the New York Audobon Society each spring to conduct FREE spring birding tours, starting next week.
More than 120 bird species have been spotted in recent years, according to the Bryant Park bird spotting blog.
It’s amazing that so many species make a home in this dot of green, open space in the middle of Manhattan.
And, like their human counterparts, many more are tourists, visiting briefly, including the Savanna sparrow, which was seen in Bryant Park in 2017 for the first time in five years.
New York City, after all, is on the North Atlantic fly over route, and a popular rest stop for our feathered friends making their way north or south in spring or fall.
The Bryant Park Spring Birding Tours are one hour long, twice a week, Monday and Thursday, April 23 through mid-May.
The birding tours are FREE, but donations are accepted, either to the New York Audobon Society or to Bryant Park, or to both.
Mondays, Spring Birding Tours are 8am to 9am.
Thursdays, Spring Birding Tours are 5pm to 6pm.
Meet at the park entrance at 42nd St. and Sixth Ave. Wear sturdy shoes and bring your own binoculars.
Here’s a sample of the birds you can expect to see in the spring in Bryant Park, and thanks to the Audobon Society for this amazing list:
Black-throated Blue warbler
Bryant Park Spring Birding Tours are in April/May, and again in September/October for the fall migration.