Bird sightings in the Greenbelt – an interactive feature

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper’s Hawks now breed in High Rock Park and Buck’s Hollow.

By Howard Fischer

Here is a list of birds that have been sighted in the Staten Island Greenbelt from 1968 to 2016.

Click on the bird names for a link to species information.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
American Black Duck
Ring-necked Duck (Ohrbach Lake)
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Ring-necked Pheasant (now very rare)
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
American Bittern (High Rock and Pouch)
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
(1968 in High Rock Swamp)
Glossy Ibis
Black Vulture (2000, 2005 rare)
Turkey Vulture
Mississippi Kite
(June 5, 2005 – second record for Staten Island over
Ohrbach Lake, observed by NYC Audubon led by Howie Fischer)
Bald Eagle
Golden Eagle (only one record in late fall)
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
(It now breeds in High Rock and Buck’s Hollow.)
Northern Goshawk (adult October 1985)
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Common Moorhen (dead and prey of owl)
American Coot
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
(Hourglass Pond, near Ohrbach Lake)
Least Sandpiper
Laughing Gull (overhead)
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (breeds)
Black-billed Cuckoo
Eastern Screech-Owl
(breeds – a real specialty for the five boroughs
as it is not an introduced population)
Great Horned Owl
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher (Ponds or lake in the Greenbelt)
Red-headed Woodpecker (rare spring sightings)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
(2007 accepted record of a pair and another 1985 record,
which is questioned but most likely accurate)
Olive-sided Flycatcher (High Rock Swamp)
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher
(confirmed breeding in July 2008 after a long
absence in the metropolitan region)
Least Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
(breeds in summer, a long distance migrant)
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
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Purple Martin (overhead)
Tree Swallow (breeds in summer)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow (Moravian cemetery)
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Boreal Chickadee
(One 1981-82 record and older records)
Eastern Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Bicknell’s Thrush
(A bird was banded at High Rock in 1985)
Swainson’s Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
American Pipit
Cedar Waxwing
Blue-winged Warbler
Golden-winged Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
(rare-one Pouch Camp record)
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Palm Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Prothonotary Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Louisiana Waterthrush
Kentucky Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Canada Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
(The first documented breeding for this species in
New York State was in the Buck’s Hollow hill
in the Greenbelt in 1982)
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
Common Grackle
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Purple Finch
House Finch
Red Crossbill
White-winged Crossbill (1982)
Common Redpoll
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
Evening Grosbeak
House Sparrow