This website is hosted by Dr. Robert DeCandido, PhD, better known around Central Park as "Birding Bob," who has led guided walks in the park for over 20 years. He is joined in leading the walks by Deb Allen, a noted New York City bird and nature photographer. Deb is featured in this online video about NYC birdwatching. We invite you to join us to watch and study the approximately 235 species of birds that either live year-round in Central Park, winter here, or visit New York City during the spring and fall migrations.
A Sunday morning 9:00 a.m. walk enjoys
spring migration in New York City's Central Park
Your home for information on the guided bird walks lead each week in
New York City's Central Park by Dr. Robert "Birding Bob" DeCandido
MEET BOB & GET A FEEL FOR A BOB BIRD WALK: FILM BY JEREMY ROCKLIN
This 7-minute film is a great way to get introduced to Bob. Follow him through Central Park on a walk. Get a sense of the park's incredible beauty, along with Bob's background and expertise, his passion for birding,
and his sense of humor.
RECENT HIGHLIGHTS FROM BOB BIRD WALKS IN CENTRAL PARK (11/28, 11/31)
water birds: common merganser, northern pintail duck, ring-necked duck, ruddy duck, gadwall, bufflehead, canada goose, ring-billed gull, northern shoveler,great blue heron,pie-billed grebe,american coot,wood duck, hooded merganser, double-crested cormorrant
other species: american goldfinch, mourning dove,red-bellied woodpecker, brown creeper, brown thrasher, american robin, yellow-bellied sapsucker, red-tailed hawk, eastern towhee, black-capped chickadee, house finch, northern mockingbird, ruby-crowned kinglet, gray catbird, hermit thrush, downy woodpecker, baltimore oriole, northern cardinal, cedar waxwing, fox sparrow, dark-eyed junco
Please make payment to Bob DeCandido or Deb Allenin cash at the start of the walk, thanks. Walks last approximately three hours, but you're free to leave anytime, of course. If you're late for the start just call 347-703-5554 to catch up with the group -- when Bob remembers to carry the cell phone, that is. Or is not too busy to answer.
Sunday walks almost always start at either the Boathouse (approx. 74th street and the East Drive), or the Dock on Turtle Pond (79th street in the center of the park next to Delacorte Theater). Walks are $10 for adults, and $5 for kids under 10 years old. We end our walks (about three hours later) at the (Loeb) Boathouse where you can get coffee ($2.25 ), muffins and cookies ($2.00) plus sandwiches ($5 - 8.00) and french fries ($2.75). Bathrooms are located in two places: inside (better) the Boathouse in the bar that is adjacent to the Boathouse Cafeteria or outside on the east side of the Boathouse. Bathrooms also available on the west side of the Delacorte Theater near the Dock at Turtle Pond.
Weekday walks generally meet at Conservatory Garden, 105th street and 5th Avenue (just inside the main gates). There are bathrooms open year-round at Conservatory Garden.
In spring, most bird walks last about three hours, but you are free to leave at any time. We won't take it personally. We have an extra pair or two of binoculars to rent, so if you want to rent a pair, just call or email before the walk to let us know ($10). Also, if you are thinking of purchasing new binoculars, ask us - we probably have used them, and we will let you know how to get them for the best price. These days we like a relatively unknown brand by the name of Zen-Ray, specifically their 8 x 43 (ED3 model) for about $400; or the Nikon Monarchs for about $300... Look for used binoculars on Ebay too - good deals can occasionally be found there especially on Swarovksi 8x32 binocs.
Note: Bob is currently in Nepal until December 22
to conduct raptor migration research. Deb Allen
(pictured right) is leading walks while he's away. Sunday Walks in Central Park: December 8, 15, 22, 29 January 5, 12, 19, 26 February 2, 9, 16, 23 (Sunday walks continue all year. Check back for details)
Meet at the The Boathouse, Central Park, 9:30 am. $10 Saturday Walks in Central Park: December 7, 21
Meet at the The Boathouse, Central Park, 9:30 am. $10 Special Saturday Walk in Pelham Bay Park: December 14 Pelham Bay Park, 9:30 a.m. $10
Meet at the Dunkin' Donuts opposite Pelham Bay Station on
#6 train (last stop)
Special Christmas & New Years Walks in Central Park: December 25, January 1
Meet at the The Boathouse, Central Park, 10:00 am. $10
Bob & Deb encourage you to show up early & do some birding on your own, as they do. They can usually be found somewhere near the start point before the walk begins.
One of Bob's unique infra-red images of Central Park (Upper Lobe)
Bob DeCandido (left) leads a walk at New York's
famed Jamaica Bay to view wading and shore birds.
ASIAN RAPTORS In his "other life" Bob conducts much raptor migration research in Thailand. Read his 2012 report.