Bird watching or birding is the observation of birds as a recreational activity. It can be done with the naked eye, through a binoculars and telescopes to enhance visuals, or by listening for bird sounds. Many bird species are more easily detected and identified by ear than by eye.
There are over 400 species of birds living on Long Island. Some more famous species are ospreys, robins, plovers, egrets, double-crested cormorants, hawks, falcons, red cardinals, blue jays and more.
I had my own up close and personal experience in my backyard two years ago. I could not believe that birds built a nest on top of my outdoor speaker. I guess it was a great location, as it was under the overhang. (Real estate is always about the location!) The birds worked diligently on the nest. Several weeks later, their eggs hatched. We heard the most amazing sounds coming from the nest. The parent birds took turns getting food for their four babies and guarding them at all times. It was amazing to watch from the window, as I was petrified to go into my backyard.
Here are the Top 10 places where you can observe a variety of these feathered flyers.
Hallockville Museum Farm
6038 Sound Avenue, Riverhead (631) 298-5292
Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audobon Center
134 Cove Road, Oyster Bay (516) 922-3200
Cold Spring Harbor State Park
25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Huntington (631) 423-1770
Elizabeth A. Morton Wildlife Refuge
2595 Noyak Road, Sag Harbor (631) 286-0485
Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge
For Oyster Bay Residents (631) 286-0485
Garden City Bird Sanctuary
181 Tanners Pond Road, Garden City (516) 326-1720
Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge
340 Smith Road, Shirley (631) 286-0485
Dock Road, Stony Brook (631) 751-2244
Garvies Point Preserve
50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove (516) 571-8010
Uplands Farm Sanctuary
Lawrence Hill Road, Cold Spring Harbor (631) 367-3225
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If you've got a love for nature, and you're looking to get into bird watching, be sure to check out LIBirding.com, which features tons of great information and resources for birding here on Long Island!