Bird Watching in Central Park, New York City
Brown creeper, summer tanager, worm-eating warbler and golden-crowned kinglet—with a little bit of patience and luck, you can all spot them in the middle of Manhattan. It's one of the city's best secrets, but more than 200 different species of birds can be found in Central Park throughout the year. Lying at the intersection of major avian migration routes (from Latin America to Canada) and thanks to its seed-bearing trees and forested areas, the park is considered one of the most interesting birding sites in the US. A host of organizations, including Central Park Conservancy and Audubon Society, lead organized bird walks. Those who prefer to explore solo can rent binoculars, maps, and even sketching materials free of charge from the Henry Luce Nature Observatory at Belvedere Castle. Cal Vornberger's Birds of Central Park, containing great photographs and maps with locations of various birds, is also a great resource. Get up early and head towards the Ramble. Stay quiet, look around, and you will be amazed.