Bring your binoculars to Fort Tryon Park! The park is home to a diverse bird population, with 20 bird species that live here year-round and over 60 more that visit during certain seasons. From late February to early June, spring migrants arrive by the dozens to rest and fuel up on the nuts, seeds, berries and insects found in the park before continuing to fly north. Many of the same birds – including the golden-crowned kinglet and yellow-rumped warbler – stop in Fort Tryon again during their fall migration south. In the winter, it is more common to see some of our year-round residents such as the northern cardinal, northern mockingbird, and birds of prey like the red-tailed hawk.
The park has guided birding walks throughout the year. Please see the Events Calendar for upcoming dates.
One of the best birding spots in Fort Tryon Park is Cabrini Woods Nature Sanctuary, a narrow woodland located at the southwest corner of the park. Due to the topography, the site offers visitors an elevated, canopy-level viewpoint from the sidewalk along Cabrini Boulevard (stretching between 190th Street and Margaret Corbin Circle). This unique vantage point attracts local birders throughout the year and is an excellent spot for beginning birders to hone their skills. Find a full Cabrini Woods bird list and other educational resources on the Cabrini Woods page!