There are more than pigeons to see when you head to New York for bird watching. Although Central Park is beautiful during the summer, you are definitely going to see a fair share of these birds with many others around the state, too.
According to Audubon's 'Birding the States' page, the state is more than just New York City for birding opportunities.
"Upstate, Adirondack Park, for example, is known for "northern" specialties such as Spruce Grouse, Gray Jay, and Boreal Chickadee."
1. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
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"Located in Long Island's Jamaica Bay, with open water, islands, and marsh, the refuge is known mostly for various waterbirds: flocks of waterfowl, grebes, wading birds, abundant shorebirds, gulls, and terns. Many of these nest in the refuge, including Gadwall, American Black Duck, Least Bittern, Tricolored Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Clapper Rail, American Oystercatcher, Least Tern, and Black Skimmer."
2. Montauk Point State Park
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"Just about any diving duck or seabird of the Northeast can show up at Montauk Point on migration or in winter. A few to be expected are Brant, Common Eider, all three scoters, Long-tailed Duck, Red-throated Loon, Northern Gannet, Great Cormorant, and Razorbill. Less-expected species include Harlequin Duck, Red-necked Grebe, Dovekie, and Common Murre. Montauk gulls can include Black-legged Kittiwake, Iceland Gull, and Lesser Black-backed Gull, among the common species. Purple Sandpiper is found along the rocky shore."
3. Adirondack Park
"Two of the species for which the Adirondacks are well known are the elusive Spruce Grouse and the equally scarce Black-backed Woodpecker. Bicknell's Thrush breeds on the slopes of the highest mountains. Usually easier to find are Olive-sided Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Nashville Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Canada Warbler, Lincoln's Sparrow, and Purple Finch."
Other birds of New York?
Make sure to check out the Blackbird, Nuthatch, Tanager, Plover, Blue Jay, Mourning Dove, Hummingbird, Meadowlark, Grosbeak, Eastern Bluebird, Downy Woodpecker, American Robin, Wild Turkey, Woodcock, Osprey, and Bald Eagle.
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