Walks starting at Turtle Pond dock or The Boathouse may cover good birding spots such as The Ramble, Balcony Bridge, Bank Rock Bridge, Shakespeare Garden, Belvedere Castle, Azelea Pond, The Oven, Maintenance Meadow, Evodia Field, the birdfeeders (winter only), The Gill, The Point, Strawberry Fields, and Wagner Cove. Of course, birders constantly exchange tips on new sightings so we may travel most anywhere nearby in search of a good bird. Sunday walks usually end around noon at The Boathouse, where many of the birders linger to rest and visit over lunch. A few diehards generally head out after lunch for a second round of birding in the afternoon.
Walks starting at Conservatory Gardens cover the quieter, wilder, and less populated north end of Central Park. Locations visited often include Harlem Meer, the North Woods, The Loch, Great Hill, Wildflower Meadow, and The Pool. There is no set end point to these walks. When it's time to leave, someone will be able to give you directions out of the park, east or west, to wherever you need to go.
The atmosphere of the walks is friendly and informal. While there are many "regulars," newcomers of all abilities -- from beginner to expert -- are always welcome. We enjoy meeting, and learning from, birders from all over the country and the world. Bob & Deb are both excellent educators, and the more experienced birders enjoy helping those just beginning. The Bob birdwalks truly have become a community, and many valuable and lifelong friendships have resulted. In fact, many come along as much for the people and camaraderie as for the birds.
copyright © Robert DeCandido PhD
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
Information on Central Park bird walks
with Bob DeCandido
(Go to the homepage to see the current schedule of
upcoming walks, starting places, and times)
Here are directions to the starting points. The cost of the walks is $5 on Fridays and $10 on Sundays. Walks last about three hours, but you're free to leave anytime. Walks continue throughout the winter, and are only cancelled for the most severe weather conditions. We are a hardy bunch! Especially during spring or fall migration, Bob slates extra walks on additional days, or special events such as evening owl walks. Please see the homepage for the most up-to-date listing of all upcoming walks and the current starting points, which can change.
Bob sometimes has extra binoculars that can be rented for $10 per walk. Please email him to reserve a pair. If he doesn't know you need them there is no guarantee they'll be there for you. If you are thinking of purchasing new binoculars, ask us. We can make recommendations based on your needs, and let you know where to get them for the best price.