Summer Birds in the Park 2020
As a managed green space, Madison Square Park is a vital source of food and shelter for native and migrating fauna throughout the year. This summer, we will highlight a selection of birds that visit the Park during the season.
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
Arguably our most exciting visitor, a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk has claimed Madison Square Park as his territory. You can look for this hawk perched on taller trees on the east side, although he does prefer morning hunts and will occasionally spend entire afternoons in the Park. The surrounding ledges, bird variety, and taller oaks and ginkgos make Madison Square Park a reliable hunting ground for our visitor. We look forward to seeing him grow into adulthood when his bright reddish-orange tail feathers will be on full display.
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
Widespread throughout the country, American Kestrels have been documented in the Park for the past three years, and are especially active in July—just in time for Independence Day! This kestrel is a small falcon about the size of a pigeon or a starling, and can be spotted perched on lampposts, nearby building ledges, and trees throughout the Park. You might even witness this falcon swoop down to prey on a small mammal or insect!
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
American Robins are your common bird, but they are still a pleasant sighting. Listen for their singing and keep an eye out for their grey feathers and red underbellies—usually perched in bushes or hopping across lawns throughout the Park looking for food. Robins eat different types of food depending on the time of day with a preference for earthworms in the morning and fruits later in the day.
Local birders and online data collection platforms such as eBird and iNaturalist help us track biodiversity. To learn more about the birds and other flora and fauna throughout Madison Square Park, visit eBird and iNaturalist.