Birding Guide to Manhattan Hotspots

Clinton Community Garden

by Debbie Mullins

Garden © Hersh Ziani

I just read Jacob Drucker's interesting article on your website about microparks in NYC.  I thought you might be interested in knowing that Clinton Community Garden on West 48th Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues attracts a fair number of birds.  Although the garden is only 0.3 acres, we have recorded 58 species of birds.  A few birders have recently started uploading their lists to eBird.  The garden is kept locked, but anyone living between 34/59 St and Eighth Ave to the Hudson can get a key.

Posted on LSNY 11/29/2015


An astonishing 60 species of birds have been sighted in Clinton Community Garden. Birds migrating north in the Spring and south in the Fall need to stop now and then for rest and food (mostly insects). The populations of some of these species, especially warblers, have been dangerously declining. The island of Manhattan used to be forested with habitat for all kinds of wildlife. Now that the island is mostly concrete, community gardens and parks provide critical habitat for birds making the long trek to their breeding grounds to the north and to their wintering territory as far away as South America. Birds generally migrate at night and when morning comes, or a storm brings them down, they look for green. Central Park and the various community gardens and parks are what they see as they fly over Manhattan. Therefore, there is a concentration of birds looking for rest and food in these parks during migration seasons.

Following is a list of some of the birds sighted in the Clinton Community Garden. Bring a pair of binoculars to the garden sometimes – you might be surprised at what you find.

Northern Cardinal Tufted Titmouse
House Sparrow Black-capped Chickadee
Starling Dark Eyed Junco
House Finch Common Grackle
Rock Dove (Pigeon) Downy Woodpecker
White-throated Sparrow Song Sparrow
Northern Mockingbird American Goldfinch
Mourning Dove
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Robin
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Brown-headed Cowbird
Spring and Fall Migrants
Brown Thrasher Magnolia Warbler
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Northern Parula
Hermit Thrush Scarlet Tanager
Black and White Warbler Chipping Sparrow
Eastern Towhee Summer Tanager
Brown Creeper Swainson’s Thrush
Redstart Eastern Wood-Pewee
House Wren Least Flycatcher
Ovenbird Lincoln’s Sparrow
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Veery
Golden-crowned Kinglet Red-eyed Vireo
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Northern Waterthrush
American Kestrel Mourning Warbler
Eastern Phoebe Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Indigo Bunting Wilson’s Warbler
Common Yellowthroat Blackpoll Warbler
Great Crested Flycatcher American Woodcock
Blue-winged Warbler  

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS to be on the wait list.


434 West 48th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues, Manhattan, NYC 10036

Hell’s Kitchen/Clinton Neighborhood — Subway E-C (50th Street Station) #1 (50th Street)

Acres: 0.35