The 2013 Public Access Season has concluded
The 2013 public access season on Governors Island has ended. Governors Island will re-open to the public Memorial Day Weekend, 2014.
Birding on Governor Island with Annie Barry, October 2010
October 2, 2010
Sunny, breezy, 63-70 degrees
It was another beautiful day on the island, and a good day for birding. I spotted many migrants, a few early winter residents, summer lingerers and year-round residents, for a total of 44 species. The double-crested cormorant count was higher than usual, with 27 spotted around the island's edge. Many were clustered on the Tango Pier.
The warbler species tally was not that high, but some were there in good numbers:
I don't often see chickadees on the island, and never in large numbers. Today was the exception. I counted 10 scattered all over the island, suggesting that a loose flock was moving through the area.I also don't see many nuthatches or goldfinches on
Migrating birds included hermit thrushes (4), a wood thrush, phoebes (4) a great-crested flycatcher, a warbling vireo, a red-eyed vireo, a female scarlet tanager, golden-crowned kinglets (10), a ruby-crowned kinglet, chipping sparrows (3), winter wrens (3) and brown creepers (4). New arrivals that will likely reside on the island over the winter included white throated sparrows (8) and a male dark-eyed junco. Four catbirds were passing through as well. They reside in the
Woodpecker species counted were northern flickers (6), a female red-bellied woodpecker, a female hairy woodpecker, and an unknown downy woodpecker.
Year round residents included a mockingbird, a male northern cardinal, blue jays (2), mourning doves (4), rock pigeons (2), and house sparrows (27).
October 9, 2010
Sunny, breezy, 60-70 degrees
This weekend Governors Island was one of many destinations for Open House
9:30-10:00 am & 1:00-4:00 pm
Before and after the census program, I counted birds in the remaining areas of the island, along Buttermilk Channel, in
October 10, 2010
This was the last day of the 2010 season on Governors Island. I didn't bird today as other duties kept me busy, but casual observation showed that the island was once again host to many migrating birds. There seemed to be kinglets, warblers and red-breasted nuthatches everywhere. The island truly is an important stopover point for birds migrating along the eastern seaboard. Many birds also reside on the island, either all year or seasonally. As the park on south island is developed, I expect that important role to grow and that future census data will show an increase in the number of both resident and migrating birds on Governors Island.
Did You Know?
Oliver Otis Howard (1830-1909), from Maine, graduated from West Point in 1856. During the Civil War, he fought at Manassas; Fair Oaks – where he lost his right arm; Antietam; Chancellorsville; Gettysburg; Chattanooga; Atlanta; and participated in the march across Georgia. In 1865 he headed the Freedmans’ Bureau, which resettled and enforced the rights of newly freed African-American slaves in the South. His interest in their education led him to establish Howard University in Washington, D.C. and Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. From 1884 to the end of his Army career, he commanded the U.S. Army in the Eastern United States from Governors Island.