The first bird you see in NYC is….

Originally published Oct. 3, 2008

It’s now t-minus 24hrs until the plane takes off and Steve and I are talking packing lists. Mine includes a pair of binoculars.

One of my hobbies is birdwatching — that is, going out with binoculars and looking at (and, when possible, identifying) birds. Many are surprised that NYC is one of the best birding areas in the United States. Central Park is what’s called a “fly-through zone,” and in the spring it’s a wonder to behold. You never know when you might spot one of these beauties:

Yellow Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

 You might even see one of Central Park’s most famous inhabitants: the Red Tailed Hawk Pale Male.

Pale Male on the prowl.

Pale Male on the prowl.

Of course, I can all but guarantee that the first bird you’ll see in New York City is the ubiquitous Rock Pigeon.


If I’m lucky, one of the birds I’ll see in the UAE will be the Eastern Pied Wheatear.

Or maybe this spectacular beast: the Greater Flamingo.


2 responses to “The first bird you see in NYC is….

  1. Be sure to visit the Al Ain Golf Club for bird watching – haven’t done it myself, but it comes highly recommended from bird watchers here.

  2. Thank you for the hint! No surprise about the golf course — birds are smart about spotting quiet swaths of greens. For them, finding a water hazard is a birdie, not a bogey. (excuse the bad puns. i blame jet lag.

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