urban parks end up with denser
concentrations of migrants
than the wild spaces outside
the cities on the morning after
a big migration. Every city has
its birding hotspots—some
of these include Central Park
in Manhattan and Prospect
Park in Brooklyn, both in
New York; Rock Creek Park
in Washington, D.C.; Mount
Auburn Cemetery in Boston;
and Montrose Point in Chicago.
Sometimes migrants don’t
find the parks. Many years ago,
I was working at a food co-op in
an urban area where there was
one small, scraggly tree growing
in the alley behind the store,
next to the dumpster. In two
separate years, I found a yellow
warbler in this little tree during
spring migration. One day, in
that same area, I remember
identifying eight species of
warblers by song right at dawn,
before I got out of bed.
One of the great joys of
birding is that birds are literally
everywhere. It may be a bit less
obvious in the heart of a city,
but with a bit of sleuthing and
hunting you can find the birds.
Mark S. Garland is a naturalist who leads birding and nature
tours to many parts of the world.
He also leads workshops and
teaches Road Scholar programs
in his home region of Cape May,
New Jersey. Email questions to
him at questionmark
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