The group was a mix of somewhat experienced to newbie birders guided by Urban Park Rangers, Tom Preston and Anthony Pastaro who were both excellent hosts. Overall, the day was a fun one and the group ended up seeing lots of birds. I believe the number that the rangers tallied was 101 species. Some of us, including myself kept separate day lists and I ended up with a total of 132 species, which was definitely boosted by my early morning birding of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. ( Note, that Jamaica Bay was not one of our stops because it is a federal and not a state park). There were many highlights of the day, with my favorites being Cape May Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Bay Breasted Warbler and my second Olive-sided Flycatcher in as many days. Here are some photos from the event.
Red-tailed Hawk with a meal that it took to its nest.Tags: Birding, Urban Park Rangers New York City