So all of a sudden there's a bit of interest in the birds that call New York City home.
Conveniently, even before the mishap with the US Airways 1549, there were a number of bird watching tours planned in all five boroughs of the city, several that are free.
NYC Department of Parks &Recreation has a number of free upcoming bird-watching tours, including a Saturday morning eagle watch at Inwood Hill Park, an early-morning birding tour of Marine Park in Brooklyn, as well as a Sunday morning woodpecker walk at Fort Totten Park in Queens and a search for ducks and geese at Flushing Meadows/Corona Park.
Robert DeCandido, known as Birding Bob, leads a Sunday morning walk through Central Park , starting at the BoatHouse at 9 a.m. And on Monday at 10 a.m., he'll lead a walk through Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx . His e-mail newsletter, (which went out on Tuesday, before the plane snafu,) details the birds that have been in the location recently:
"In the last week at this location, Deborah and I have seen 500+ Greater Scaup; 500+ Brant Geese; two Rough-legged Hawks (a Dark Morph and an Intermediate/Light Morph); a Peregrine Falcon chasing one of the Rough-leggeds; and of course the big flock of 50-100 Monk Parakeets feeding on the ground ... as well as American Tree Sparrows, Purple Finch, Cooper's Hawk and a hybrid Goose with white head (Snow Goose) and brown (Canada) Goose body. Short-eared Owls (2) have been reported here recently too."
Elsewhere, the NYC Audubon leads regular Central Park birding walks in warmer weather. February walks include Snow Birds of Floyd Bennett Field / Fort Tilden and a Winter Wildlife Hike at Jamaica Bay .
The New York Water Taxi offers a Winter Waterfowl & Seals Audubon EcoCruise "in search of gulls, ducks (such as mergansers & scaup), geese, loons (common and red-throated), grebes, cormorants (double-crested and great), and even harbor seals." the next cruise is February 21.
The The City Birder blog also has a great ongoing list of bird watching treks.