Saturday, June 10, 2017

Birding the Bronx River Corridor

Looking downstream along the Bronx River, 
at New York Botanical Garden in June 2017

A sign at the Bronx Zoo (at the World of Birds) depicts 
an American Redstart and notes the ecological importance of the 
Bronx River for migratory birds. 

I saw an American Redstart chasing insects in a tree about 
50 feet from the sign pictured above, at the Bronx Zoo.

The Bronx River corridor is from top center to bottom center 
on this map of green spaces in the Bronx. While there are 
some other large green spaces in the Bronx (Van Cortlandt- 
not shown and Pelham Bay Park- top right),New York 
Botanical Garden, the Bronx Zoo, Soundview Park, and their
adjoining green spaces provide some of the only remaining 
habitat in the Bronx.

A relatively wide section of the Bronx River at the Bronx Zoo, 
visible from the Mitisubisi River Walk or from the opposite site
at the Fordham Road entrance.

A Great Egret stalks its prey in the Bronx River, 
at Soundview Park  just before it empties into the East River 
(a tidal straight between Long Island Sound and 
Upper New York Bay).

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