How and where to bird watch in Brooklyn

 Sites

from Michael Novakhov on Inoreader

Bird watching has soared in popularity during the pandemic, with pent up Brooklynites taking up the hobby en masse as a safe way to get outdoors while social distancing — leading many to discover a passion for the rich feathered wildlife around them, according to a seasoned borough birder.

“There’s this impetus to see what’s there and what haven’t I seen all along,” Dennis Hrehowsik, president of the century-old Brooklyn Bird Club, told Brooklyn Paper. “You’re looking at all this stuff that was there this whole time under your nose and you didn’t realize it.”

The, which does work to advance the hobby, has seen its membership roughly doubled during the past year to almost 400 birders, according to Hrehowsik.

For those interested in taking up the avian pastime, there are many great places in Brooklyn to watch them at different times of the year.

New York City offers great bird watching three seasons out of the year, with only summer being the exception, as many birds flee the city during the hotter months. Still, the upcoming spring weeks offer a prime time to spot flocks of colorful birds heading north for breeding.

A Northern Parula.Wikimedia Commons

Brooklyn sits along the so-called Atlantic Flyway, a north-south migration route stretching from Greenland to the Caribbean and passing through the Eastern Seaboard.

“Even though we built this city here, this is still an important path for them,” Hrehowsik said. “This area has been a crucial area on the migration path for birds for about 40,000 years.”

The club hosts three walks a week in Prospect Park and big upcoming event on the feathered calendar is International Migratory Bird Day, which takes place on the second weekend in May, or Saturday May 8 this year, when migration in the Western Hemisphere is in full swing.

How to start?

Hrehowsik advises to start by looking for larger birds that you know and are easier to find, such as ducks and other waterfowl. As you discover unknown birds, you can look them up and expand your knowledge along the way.

“Look at big birds that are easy to see and take note of what you know and get a really good feeling for what you recognize,” he said. “And then you find something you don’t know and you look that up.”

For example, you can try to spot Ruddy Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons or Laughing Gulls.

A Great Egret.Wikimedia Commons

Song birds are smaller and harder to see, but there are many beautiful specimens, such as the Northern Parula, the Yellow-rumped Warbler, the Song Sparrow, the White-throated Sparrow, the Common Grackle, along with robins and cardinals.

Peak time of day for bird watching is between sunrise and about 11 am, and again around 5-5:30 pm, Hrehowsik said.

Where to go bird watching?

Because of the dense city environment, birds seek refuge in urban meadows like Prospect Park, Owl’s Head Park in Bay Ridge, or Green-Wood Cemetery. Luckily for birders, this allows the watchers to find more species in a much smaller area, compared to more rural pastures, where the animals spread out more.

“We have this effect where you can see many more species in an area of Prospect Park than for the same area in the Adirondacks,” Hrehowsik said. “You really get them all funneling through these areas.”

A White-throated Sparrow.Wikimedia Commons

The birder recommends looking for wooded areas with understory growth, because many birds feed off of the bugs in shrubs and heaps of leaves beneath trees. 

“Anywhere that looks like the woods is a really good place right now,” he said.

The Brooklyn Bird Club also has a handy map for good spots around the borough. 

A walk around Prospect Park Lake which has a lot of mature trees harboring insects, brushy areas, and wet spots, is a great place to start in Brooklyn’s Back Yard. Nearby Lookout Hill also offers a great vantage point 177 feet above sea level.

Quack: The Ruddy Duck.Wikimedia Commons

Or head to Bush Terminal in Sunset Park or Shirley Chisholm State Park in East New York. Other coastal hotspots like Jamaica Bay are busier during the fall and winter months.

The best way to start birding is to just go out and do it, if possible with a group of fellow bird watchers, so Hrehowsik.

“Birding is like learning a language, you can only learn so much from books and tapes, you have to immerse yourself,” he said. 

FREILICH_191214_BIRD_COUNTERS_PROSPECT_P

249752 Brooklyn Paper

The post Brooklyn Paper: Flyover county: How and where to bird watch in Brooklyn first appeared on The Brooklyn Bridge.



8118355 The Brooklyn Bridge

4015160 Voice of America – English

The post Voice of America – English: VOA Newscasts (2 Minute) first appeared on Russia News.



7957402 Russia News

The post ‘Marriage of convenience’: A fragile Saudi, Russian oil alliance – Yahoo Finance UK first appeared on The Brooklyn Bridge.



8118355 The Brooklyn Bridge
BROOKLYNN.Y., April 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — At the time of this press release, the #Chlorophyll hashtag has amassed over 188 million views, with …

The post Chlorophyll Water Trending on TikTok first appeared on The Brooklyn Bridge.



8118355 The Brooklyn Bridge
Раменский суд Подмосковья приговорил блогера Стаса Решетняка, также известного как Reeflay, к шести годам в колонии строго режима за убийство своей девушки на стриме, сообщает Mash.

В отношении 30-летнего Решетняка было возбуждено …

1-pic905-895x505-54165.jpg

123516 Газета.Ru – Новости дня

The post Газета.Ru – Новости дня: Стас Reeflay Решетняк получил 6 лет колонии строго режима first appeared on Russia News.



7957402 Russia News

The post EU Lawmakers Debate Brexit Accord Before Decisive Vote – Voice of America first appeared on The Brooklyn Bridge.



8118355 The Brooklyn Bridge

The post Secretary of State warns Moscow of consequences as Russian troops amass near Ukraine – CNBC first appeared on Zip Guides.



8116615 Zip Guides

The post EU Lawmakers Debate Brexit Accord Before Decisive Vote – Voice of America first appeared on Zip Guides.



8116615 Zip Guides

The post Secretary of State warns Moscow of consequences as Russian troops amass near Ukraine – CNBC first appeared on The Brooklyn Bridge.



8118355 The Brooklyn Bridge
С такой инициативой выступили депутаты парламента Башкирии.

The post В Госдуму внесли законопроект об обязательном чипировании животных first appeared on The Brooklyn Bridge.



8118355 The Brooklyn Bridge

Watch as a panel of experts demystify colorectal cancer.

Experts discuss why screening is important, warning signs of colorectal cancer, who should be screened and when, can I be screened despite the pandemic, what are the current treatments available, and how to minimize risk of recurrence after a colorectal cancer diagnosis.

Speakers:

Dr. Hans Burkholder – Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery, Weill Cornell Medicine, Colon and Rectal Surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

Dr. Gokhan Ozuner – Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

Dr. Uqba Khan – Assistant Professor in Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine Medical Oncologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

Dr. Meghaben Kothari – Gastroenterologist, Assistant Director of Hepatology and Director of Women’s GI Health at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

The post Watch it: Colorectal Cancer Screening, Treatment and Risk Reduction first appeared on Zip Guides.



8116615 Zip Guides

The post Russia fines Apple $12.1 million for abusing power in market, favouring own apps – Republic TV first appeared on Zip Guides.



8116615 Zip Guides
When he was young and came to New York for the first timethe crowded … They played together for the Brooklyn and L.A. Dodgers and the 1962 …

The post Friendship, memories and a year with the 1969 New York Mets first appeared on The Brooklyn Bridge.



8118355 The Brooklyn Bridge
The New York Times, he noted, may run an op-ed with the headline “Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police,” but the paper has police officers in its …

The post Eric Adams’s Pro-Police Bet first appeared on Zip Guides.



8116615 Zip Guides
When he was young and came to New York for the first timethe crowded … They played together for the Brooklyn and L.A. Dodgers and the 1962 …

The post Friendship, memories and a year with the 1969 New York Mets first appeared on Zip Guides.



8116615 Zip Guides
Чтобы правильно встретить Пасху и все успеть, надо хорошо представлять, что в эти дни происходит в храмах и что происходило в Страстную неделю почти две тысячи лет назад. Давайте посмотрим на эти события глазами великих художников

678.jpg

396889 Российская Газета

The post Российская Газета: Страстная неделя день за днем, как это увидели великие художники first appeared on Russia News Review.



7990436 Russia News Review
В “РГ” прошла “горячая линия” по вакцинации против COVID-19. На вопросы читателей ответили авторитетные эксперты из Роспотребнадзора и “Вектора”. Именно в этом Центре была разработана “ЭпиВакКорона”, поэтому специалисты подробно рассказали об этой вакцине

1p_parovoz.jpg

Download video: https://img.rg.ru/video/content/0/79/50/Gor_Linya_COVID_Epivak.mp4

396889 Российская Газета

The post Российская Газета: Горячая линия “РГ”: Все, что нужно знать о вакцине “ЭпиВакКорона” first appeared on Russia News Review.



7990436 Russia News Review
АСВ повысило ставку взносов банков в Фонд страхования вкладов

396889 Российская Газета

The post Российская Газета: АСВ повысило ставку взносов банков в Фонд страхования вкладов first appeared on Russia News Review.



7990436 Russia News Review
В 2020 году был зафиксирован четырехкратный рост кибератак на информационные системы “Вектора”, создателей российской вакцины от коронавируса “ЭпиВакКорона”. Целью хакеров было хищение технологии разработки препарата

5.jpg

379818 Вести.Ru

The post Вести.Ru: Хакеры атаковали разработчиков российской вакцины от коронавируса first appeared on Russia News Review.



7990436 Russia News Review
Драматург Аркадий Инин заболел коронавирусом. В настоящее время он находится в больнице и идет на поправку.

8.jpg

379818 Вести.Ru

The post Вести.Ru: Драматург Инин попал в больницу first appeared on Russia News Review.



7990436 Russia News Review

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

9:39 AM 8/25/2020 - Kremlin: Navalny poisoning accusations 'empty noise'

3:59 PM 8/29/2020 - Saved Stories - 1. Video - Music - YouTube Playlists Brilliant Classics Radio

7:22 AM 9/13/2020 - Brooklyn News Review: Current and Saved Stories

9.13.20 - Man dies after being shot three times while sitting in BMW in Brooklyn, police say - Brooklyn News Review

5:37 PM 8/25/2020 - Michael Novakhov - SharedNewsLinks: Cuomo removes five states, adds Guam to coronavirus quarantine list

7:11 AM 8/29/2020 - News - Brooklyn

6:13 AM 12/23/2020 - Overwhelmed by virus victims, a New York funeral home became a scene of ‘horrifying disrespect.’

In ambulances, an unseen, unwelcome passenger: COVID-19 – AP | The Brooklyn News - bklynnews.com

7:46 AM 1/20/2021 - President-elect Biden to be sworn in during toned down inauguration with tightened security

Covid-19 in NYC - 5:59 AM 10/1/2020