Brooklyn Heights: It’s For The Birds

The Urban Wildlife Guide, a website maintained by Julie Feinstein—a Brooklyn resident, author & collection manager at New York’s American Museum of Natural History—keeps watch on animals, birds and insects located in public areas throughout the city.

For Brooklyn Heights bird-watching aficionados, Feinstein noted that with the unseasonably warm weather, migrant fowl are returning early from winter locales, feasting on insects and blossoming flowers. In Cadman Plaza Park, she located an Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe), “behaving typically by perching on a low branch and flicking its tail.” The “small drab” birds spend the winter in Central America, Mexico and the southern half of the eastern United States, then breed throughout the eastern United States and across Canada.

In Brooklyn Bridge Park, Feinstein saw a Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) “passing through New York on its way to Canada to breed. Palm warblers spend the winter along the coasts of the southern states, and in Central America and the Caribbean.”

There’s your lesson in winged creatures for the week. And for more bird loving, BHB correspondent Claude Scales shares that there will be a bird tour, guided by the Brooklyn Bird Club, on Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, this Sunday, April 22, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. If you’d like to participate, please e-mail rsvp@bbcp.org or call Kara Gilmour at 718-802-0603.

(Photos: Julie Feinstein)

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  • Joe from Grace

    Great post. Saw a red tailed hawk on Grace Ct a few weeks ago. Very exciting.

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com Claude Scales

    There will be a bird tour, guided by the Brooklyn Bird Club, on Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, this Sunday, April 22, from 9:00 to 10:30. If you’d like to participate, please e-mail rsvp@bbcp.org or call Kara Gilmour at 718-802-0603.

  • Joe from Grace

    Thank you, Claude. I will rsvp.

  • Martin L

    Birds are coming this way.
    Sunday went to Green-Wood and the bird life was limited: YBSapsucker: Red Bellied Woodpecker; Yellow Crown Sparrow; Robins Galore; Femaile Cardinal. Came home and on Sunday in our backyard we had a Hermit Thrush (which also sang); Cardinal; and a Flicker. Not bad for the Heights!! Curious to know what others are seeing in the neighborhood.
    Congrats on the fine photos.

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com Claude Scales

    I looked out my window a couple of days ago and saw, between Two Montague Terrace and the Promanade entrance, a flash of red pursuing a flash of light brown. I don’t know if this was inter-species competition or Ms. Cardinal playing hard-to-get.

  • Selli

    Bird activity is at an all-time high in Bed Stuy as well. This morning I was awoken to the chirping of a blue fanned fowl perched on my backyard fence. I could probably learn a thing or two from that upcoming tour huh? ;)

  • PO

    Wonderful influx of birds early this year. Each species has a different chirp and they sound like a well coordinated ensemble. Two red breasted robins, many sparrows in my backyard. Does anyone else hear the owl in Cadman Plaza Park?

  • Julie Feinstein

    Hi! You credited my photos to Julie Weinstein not Julie Feinstein — could you fix that please? LOL!

    Best, Julie

  • Julie Feinstein

    Thanks!

  • BKNYNative

    I am not a bird watcher, just a a light sleeper, I have been amazed by the variety of birdcalls I’ve heard out my windows this spring. Its really amazing.