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Best of Brooklyn: Top 5 Places to Watch Birds

Brooklyn is for the birds!
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Brooklyn is home to diverse species of birds.

Brooklyn is not just known for its bustling urban environment; it is also home to a wide variety of birds. The borough offers several excellent bird-watching locations, ranging from large parks to waterfront areas. Here are the top five places to go bird-watching in Brooklyn:

  1. Prospect Park

Prospect Park is a 526-acre park located in the heart of Brooklyn and is home to over 200 species of birds. The park features several bird-watching hotspots, including the Boathouse Lake, the Ravine and the Long Meadow. Visitors can spot a wide variety of birds, including songbirds, waterfowl and birds of prey. The park also hosts bird-watching tours and other bird-related events throughout the year.

  1. Marine Park

Marine Park is a 530-acre park located in southeastern Brooklyn and is a popular destination for bird-watching. The park is home to several species of waterfowl, including ducks, geese and herons. Visitors can also spot birds of prey, such as hawks and ospreys, soaring above the park's freshwater ponds and saltwater bay.

  1. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is a 12,600-acre wildlife sanctuary (technically in Queens, but easily accessible from Brooklyn) and is home to over 330 species of birds. The refuge features several bird-watching trails, including the West Pond Trail and the East Pond Trail. Visitors can spot a wide variety of birds, including shorebirds, waterfowl and birds of prey. The refuge also hosts bird-watching tours and other events throughout the year.

  1. Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park is a waterfront park located along the East River and is a popular destination for bird-watching. Visitors can spot several species of waterfowl, including ducks, geese, and swans. The park also features several bird-watching hotspots, including Pier 1 and Pier 6.

  1. Green-Wood Cemetery

Green-Wood Cemetery is a historic cemetery located in southwestern Brooklyn and is home to over 275 species of birds. The cemetery features several bird-watching trails, including the Dell Water and the Sylvan Water. Visitors can spot a wide variety of birds, including woodpeckers, warblers, and birds of prey. The cemetery also hosts bird-watching tours and other events throughout the year.

Brooklyn offers several excellent bird-watching destinations for enthusiasts of all levels. From large parks to waterfront areas, the borough is home to a wide variety of birds and offers plenty of opportunities to spot them. So grab your binoculars, head to one of these top bird-watching locations, and enjoy a day of birding in Brooklyn!