This website is hosted by Dr. Robert DeCandido, PhD, better known around Central Park as "Birding Bob," who has led guided walks in the park for over 20 years. He is joined in leading the walks by Deb Allen, a noted New York City bird and nature photographer. Deb is featured in this online video about NYC birdwatching. We invite you to join us to watch and study the approximately 235 species of birds that either live year-round in Central Park, winter here, or visit New York City during the spring and fall migrations.
Your home for information on the guided bird walks led each week in
New York City's Central Park by Dr. Robert "Birding Bob" DeCandido
copyright ©Robert DeCandido PhD
MEET BOB & GET A FEEL FOR A BOB BIRD WALK: FILM BY JEREMY ROCKLIN
This 7-minute film is a great way to get introduced to Bob. Follow him through
Central Park on a walk. Get a sense of the park's incredible beauty, along with Bob's background and expertise, his passion for birding, and his sense of humor.
BOB'S BIRD WALKS: THE FINE PRINT
Please make payment to Bob DeCandido or Deb Allen in cash at the start of the walk, thanks. Walks last approximately three hours, but you're free to leave anytime, of course. If you're late for the start just call 347-703-5554 (Debs' cell phone) to catch up with the group -- but be advised that she may not be able to answer because she is busy ... or your message is delayed because of coverage problems in the park. If you are concerned about the weather call us the night before at home (until 10pm: 718-828-8262) or the morning of the walk (we are awake by 6am) to ask if the walk is still on or cancelled due to rain or snow.
Many walks start at the Boathouse (approx. 74th street and the East Drive), or the Dock on Turtle Pond (79th street in the center of the park next to Delacorte Theater). We generally end our walks (about three hours later) at the (Loeb) Boathouse where you can get coffee ($2.25), muffins and cookies ($2.00) plus sandwiches ($5-$8) and french fries ($2.75). Bathrooms are located in two places: inside (better) the Boathouse in the bar that is adjacent to the Boathouse Cafeteria or outside on the east side of the Boathouse. Bathrooms also available on the west side of the Delacorte Theater near the Dock at Turtle Pond. Please note that the Boathouse is located at the Southeast corner of the lake. It is not located at the nearby Conservatory Waters -- also called the Model Boat Pond or Sailboat Pond -- a small body of water completely surrounded by concrete, and closer to 5th Ave. If you find yourself at the Model Boat Pond just take one of the paths headed into the interior of the park and you will come across the Boathouse in just a few hundred feet.
Friday walks generally meet at Conservatory Garden, 105th street and 5th Avenue (just inside the main gates). There are bathrooms open year-round at Conservatory Garden.
While most bird walks last about three hours, you are free to leave at any time. We won't take it personally. We have an extra pair or two of binoculars to rent, so if you want to rent a pair, just call or email before the walk to let us know ($10). NOTE: Binocular rentals are suspended from 11/8 to 11/23/14. Also, if you are thinking of purchasing new binoculars, ask us - we probably have used them, and we will let you know how to get them for the best price. These days we like a relatively unknown brand by the name of Zen-Ray, specifically their 8 x 43 (ED3 model) for about $400; or the Nikon Monarchs for about $300... Look for used binoculars on Ebay too - good deals can occasionally be found there especially on Swarovksi 8x32 binocs.
Sunday Walks in Central Park:
March 8, 15, 22, 29
April 5, 12, 19, 26
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Meet at the The Boathouse, 9:30 am. $10
Sunday walks continue all year. Check back for details. Walks on many other days of the week will be added during spring migration.
photographed by Bob in Nepal.
BIRD SIGHTING HIGHLIGHTS FROM RECENT BOB BIRD WALKS
Please have a look at Bob's weekly narrative report on what was seen on his Central Park walks during the past week. A good way to predict what birds you will likely see on this week's walks.
When not in Central Park, Bob sends several months each fall conducting raptor migration research in
Thailand and Nepal. Read his 2013 Nepal report covering Steppe Eagles & other species. Links to Bob's many other studies on Asian raptors and NYC flora are on his Papers and Research page.
Bob (in green hat) leads a flock of hardy winter birders near the Shakespeare Theater in January.
A few birds you might see in Central Park in winter. Top row (l to r): white-throated sparrow, house finch, northern cardinal. Middle row: american goldfinch, white-breasted nuthatch, yellow-bellied sapsucker, fox sparrow. Bottom row: downy woodpecker, tufted titmouse, mallard ducks, red-tailed hawk. Photos by Brad Woodward. The Ramble. Feb 26, 2015.