Birder's Guide

MAR 2018

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Louisiana Waterthrush, and Olive- sided Flycatcher have headlined the spring migrants. Nashville and Orange- crowned warblers have overwintered here, and the various athletic fields can host American Pipits and Horned Larks. The interior lagoon has potential for many regionally scarce birds, as well as high densities of migrants. Street parking is available on the north side of the park, but heed the no parking signs to make sure you won't run afoul of the law. B irding Brooklyn is a splendid expe- rience, one that will vary with the season of your visit and (especially dur- ing the exciting migration periods) with the weather. But regardless of when you come, the juxtaposition of unexpected wild beauty amidst the myriad cultural and historical (and gastronomic!) at- tractions of one of the world's great cit- ies is immensely rewarding and unique. Whether you're visiting New York for work, for play, by car, or by subway, and whether you've got a few hours or a few days, avian exploration in the county of Kings is well worth your time. Brooklyn is truly great birding! n The map shows access points to productive birding locations around Jamaica Bay. The bay is bisected by the Brooklyn/Queens boundary that runs south through Spring Creek. Street parking is available for Canarsie Park, but check signs for street sweeping regulations. For car access to Hendrix Creek, take exit 15 off the Belt Parkway, park in the SW corner of the shopping mall parking lot, and walk across the ballfields towards the creek. It is a fairly safe area, but good judgment should be used, as always, when it comes to the safety of valuables in your vehicle. The landfills where there may be a 400+ acre state park within a few years are located on the south side of the Belt Parkway, one between Fresh Creek and Hendrix Creek, and the other between Hendrix Creek and Spring Creek. Since this is just in the proposal stage as this article goes to print, there is no further information as to access . Map © Rad Smith 35 April 2018 | Birder's Guide to Travel

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