Sculpture Garden

Wren sitting in a tree. Photo: lues01

Birdwatching in the Garden. 2019 121

Birder, Jason Ward: Hello everyone my name is Jason Ward, and I’m a birder.

Born and raised in the Bronx NY I am the host of the brand new show, Birds of North America and I also work for the national Audubon society.

I’m a bird nerd essentially. Most of the facets of my life revolve around birds and the places that they live.

To everyone’s surprise, New York City has more birds than just pigeons and sparrows. There are over 250 species that can be seen in Manhattan.

At the Sculpture Garden, you’re going to find birds that love to be on the ground like morning doves or brown thrashers.

You may also find birds that like to forage in the mid-level of the tree like chickadees or the tufted titmouse. Or different species of warbler but don’t forget this part: look into the sky. That’s something that we forget to do when we’re looking for birds. Up there in the sky you may find turkey vultures you may find red tailed hawks. And you may find my favorite bird, a peregrine falcon flying by. New York City is one of the best places to see peregrine falcons.

There’s a lot of foliage on the trees so the birds, it’s not easy to see them. But you’re always going to be able to hear them because birds are very, very territorial. And one way that they establish this territory is by singing.

The ever popular northern cardinal which makes this metallic chipping note. One of its many songs sounds like it’s shooting lasers so we kind of nick named that the storm trooper bird.

You also have the very loud and kind of bold and brash Carolina wren which is a bird that’s about 3-4 inches long it’s a very small bird with a very big personality.

Birds are for the most part generalists so they only need a couple of things to be able to thrive in any given area. They need water available preferably running water. They also need places to hide and they also need places to eat. Because you all are providing that in the Sculpture Garden you never know what types of species can be found there.

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That was a Carolina wren singing.

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There it goes again singing it’s very loud song.

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Giving you a variety of different sounds.

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Show off!

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