Clinton Community Garden
by Debbie Mullins
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. http://clintongarden.org/garden-life/birds/ A few birders have recently started uploading their lists to eBird. http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L3922875 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|
|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|
|House Wren||Least Flycatcher|
|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|
http://clintongarden.org/rules-and-forms/ 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)