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Nesting** Spring Migration*** Fall Migration*** Winter**
(no star = birding is not very productive, * = somewhat productive, ** = productive, *** = very productive)
Long Pond Park, owned by the City of New York/Parks and Recreation, features seven ponds, the largest being 5-acre Long Pond. Long Pond is one of the most pristine ponds in the New York City area. Located 65 feet above sea level, it is fed completely from underground springs. With its special level of purity, the pond is a vital habitat supporting many species of animals.
A network of old roadbeds and foot trails make it easy to search different areas of the park. This area is excellent from late August through October for autumn migrants, including large numbers of sparrows, including Fox, Lincoln’s, and White-crowned.
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From April through May good numbers of neotropical migrants (especially warblers and thrushes) can be found in the woods and along the roads leading to the Long Pond. It is also a good spot for migratory shorebirds and Wood Duck. From early May through late summer, Purple Martin and Northern Rough-winged Swallow carry out an energetic gleaning of air-borne insects over this area.
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Eastern Towhee, Gray Catbird, and Red-eyed Vireo are the most common breeding birds; Great Horned Owl, White-eyed Vireo, and Warbling Vireo are less common, but present.
Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Founded in 1972, Protectors of Pine Oak Woods is Staten Island’s primary land conservation organization protecting its parks, natural areas, and wildlife. Besides its success in saving Mt. Loretto Nature Preserve, Protectors helped establish Long Pond Park, as well as the Greenbeltand the Bluebelt.
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When to Go
Early to mid-May, Bobolink arrive in the fields on the NYSDEC nature preserve side. The Chuck-will’s-widow is a regular in June. Visit early in the morning for the best results, unless you want to see Common Nighthawk, which can be seen in good numbers soaring overhead in the evening, particularly in late August and September. Also in the evening, you may be able to call in Eastern Screech-Owl.
Days from late August through October are excellent times to see a variety of migratory landbirds and raptors. In mid-October, the fields at Long Pond are alive with Yellow Warbler, Palm Warbler, and sparrows.
This area is relatively safe. Teens use the woods near Long Pond as a “hang-out,” but do not cause problems. Nevertheless, it is recommended that you bird with others.
Poison ivy is prevalent, and ticks abound, so wear long pants. In a wet summer, mosquitoes are also plentiful.
There are two entrances -
Entrance 1 - Page Ave. and Adelphi Ave.
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Entrance 2 - the end of Richard Ave.
This entrance leads right to Pam's Pond. Look carefully for the trail, it has become a bit over grown.
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Resource Persons for Long Pond Park Birding:
2012- Howard Fischer and
Seth Wollney, Program Associate, Staten Island Museum. 2001- Howard Fischer