My Inwood List

Below is my total Inwood list. There are one or two birds that were outside of the official park boundaries of Inwood Hill Park, but just barely. For instance, the American Avocet was on the dock of the Dyckman Street Marina just outside the south end of the park. My total as of the end of August 2021 was 226 species. NOTE: The following is my personal bird list for Inwood. It is not meant to be a complete list of the birds of Inwood Hill Park. ADDENDA: At the end of this list I have placed an addenda of another 33 species recorded in the park. Please check that list for notes on these additional species. This brings the total park list to 259 species, but I am sure it should be more.

In the list below, comments on occurrence are based solely on my own records. They do not intend to reflect all park records. Occurrence refers to birds in their preferred habitat. For instance Chipping Sparrows are mainly on the ballfields; Swamp Sparrows in the marshy areas. Species listed as rare I have seen on a handful of occasions. All photos were taken in the park.

Snow Goose (usually as migrant flocks overhead; very rarely on the ground)
Brant (usually as migrant flocks overhead; very rarely on the ground)
Brant - 11/15/2020
Barnacle Goose (Nov 12 2012 - Seaman ballfields)
Cackling Goose (March 2013)
Cackling Goose - 03/13/2013
Canada Goose (year round; breeds)
Canada Goose - 05/03/2020
Mute Swan (formerly regular, now rare)
Mute Swan - 04/16/2014
Wood Duck (rare)
Gadwall (rare)
Gadwall - 01/07/2016
American Wigeon (March 10 2014)
American Wigeon - 03/10/2014
American Black Duck (regular in small numbers)
American Black Duck - 11/03/2020
Mallard (year round; breeds in park)
Mallard - 05/10/2020
Northern Shoveler (rare)
Northern Shoveler - 12/27/2015
Northern Pintail (rare)
Green-winged Teal (Nov 2 2019)
Canvasback (formerly regular in winter; now uncommon)
Canvasback - 03/06/2014
Redhead (Feb 23 2014)
Ring-necked Duck (Mar 13 2014)
Ring-necked Ducks - 03/13/2014
Greater Scaup (winter 2014; Nov 16 2020)
Lesser Scaup (winter 2014)
Surf Scoter (Dec 22 1995)
White-winged Scoter (March to early April 2014; up to five individuals)
White-winged Scoter - 03/06/2014
Black Scoter (Nov 15 2020)
Long-tailed Duck (Nov 3 2013)
Bufflehead (winter)
Hooded Merganser (rare)
Common Merganser (rare)
Red-breasted Merganser (winter)
Red-breasted Merganser - 04/11/2017
Ruddy Duck (Dec 17 1995 and Jan 1 2000)
Ring-necked Pheasant (resident in park late 1980s to early 1990s; now gone)
Wild Turkey (occasionally in last 20 years)
Wild Turkey - 05/03/2015
Red-throated Loon (rare spring migrant; rare in winter)
Red-throated Loon - 04/16/2018
Common Loon (migrant overhead spring and fall)
Pied-billed Grebe (rare)
Horned Grebe (March 28 to April 3 2015)
Horned Grebe - 03/28/2015
Red-necked Grebe (April 6 2014)
Double-crested Cormorant (year round; uncommon in winter)
Double-crested Cormorant - 11/04/2020
American Bittern (Sep 25 2020)
American Bittern - 9/25/2020
Great Blue Heron (year round)
Great Blue Heron - 04/24/2020
Great Egret (summer)
Great Egret - 04/15/2018
Snowy Egret (uncommon in spring and summer)
Snowy Egret - 04/30/2020
Little Blue Heron (July 20, 2021)
Little Blue Heron immature 07/20/2021

Green Heron (uncommon in summer; possible breeder)
Green Heron 08/26/2020
Black-crowned Night-Heron (regular in summer; uncommon rest of year)
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (April 23 to 28 2019)
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - 04/27/2019
Black Vulture (uncommon, but regular in recent years)
Black Vulture - 04/27/2020
Turkey Vulture (regular; often visible over the Palisades in warmer months)
Turkey Vulture - 11/02/2020
Osprey (regular in warmer months)
Osprey - 10/02/2020
Bald Eagle (most likely in spring and fall; possible anytime)
Bald Eagle - 12/01/2018
Northern Harrier (rare)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (formerly regular on migration; now rare)
Cooper's Hawk (reverse of Sharp-shin; formerly rare on migration, now regular; sometimes in winter)
Cooper's Hawk - 11/14/2014
Northern Goshawk (Nov 6 2001)
Red-shouldered Hawk (uncommon fall migrant)
Broad-winged Hawk (mainly fall migrant)
Red-tailed Hawk (year round; breeds)
Red-tailed Hawk - 11/03/2020
Rough-legged Hawk (Jan 31 2009)
American Kestrel (year round; possible breeder;
American Kestrel - 11/14/2020
Merlin (regular fall migrant; occasionally in spring)
Peregrine Falcon (year round; nests on Broadway bridge)
Peregrine Falcon - 04/11/2014
American Coot (Jan 4 to 6 2014)
Black-bellied Plover (I saw one once on the mudflats north of the soccer fields but have lost the date)
Semipalmated Plover (uncommon on mudflats August to September some years)
Semipalmated Plover - 10/04/2004
Killdeer (mudflats in warmer months; very rare in winter)
Killdeer - 05/31/2020
American Avocet (Jul 15 2014)
Spotted Sandpiper (regular in spring; uncommon in fall; possible breeder)
Spotted Sandpiper - 05/11/2020
Solitary Sandpiper (uncommon spring and fall migrant)
Solitary Sandpiper - 05/05/2015
Greater Yellowlegs (uncommon spring and fall migrant)
Greater Yellowlegs - 05/15/2020
Lesser Yellowlegs (May 2 2020)
Sanderling (Aug 4 2020 - Tropical Storm Isaias; Oct 25 2020)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (rare spring migrant; uncommon fall migrant - mainly August to September)
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 05/27/2020
Least Sandpiper (similar to Semipalmated Sandpiper, but generally more common)
Least Sandpiper - 05/04/2018
White-rumped Sandpiper (Oct 4 2014)
White-rumped Sandpiper (left) - 10/4/2014
Pectoral Sandpiper (September 22 to October 2 2014)
Pectoral Sandpiper - 09/22/2014
American Woodcock (March 5 2000)
Red Phalarope (Oct 30 2012, Super Storm Sandy)
Laughing Gull (formerly regular in summer; now uncommon)
Ring-billed Gull (year round, but does not breed locally)
Ring-billed Gull - 10/25/2020
Herring Gull (year round)
Herring Gull - 11/03/2020
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Mar 5 2013; Dec 9 2013; Apr 18 2015)
Lesser Black-backed Gull - 03/05/2013
Glaucous Gull (Apr 27 2015)
Great Black-backed Gull (year round in small numbers)
Great Black-backed Gull - 11/04/2020
Sooty Tern (Aug 4 2020 - Tropical Storm Isaias)
Sooty Tern - 08/04/2020
Least Tern (Aug 4 2020 - Tropical Storm Isaias)
Common Tern (Aug 4 2020 - Tropical Storm Isaias)
Rock Pigeon (year round)
Rock Pigeon - 04/20/2020
Mourning Dove (year round)
Mourning Dove - 01/17/2016
Monk Parakeet (occasional)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (uncommon spring and fall migrant)
Black-billed Cuckoo (uncommon spring and fall migrant)
Eastern Screech-Owl (uncomnon resident)
Eastern Screech-Owl - 04/08/2018
Great Horned Owl (uncommon; has bred in park)
Great Horned Owl - 04/10/2020
Barred Owl (Dec 16 2001 to Jan 6 2002; December 2020)
Barred Owl - 12/13/2020
Long-eared Owl (Apr 17 2019)

Northern Saw-whet Owl (Mar 5 2000)
Common Nighthawk (uncommon spring and fall migrant; undoubtedly occurs regularly)
Chimney Swift (summer resident; usually some linger until October)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (regular migrant; possible breeder)
Belted Kingfisher (migrant and possible resident: possible year round)
Belted Kingfisher - 11/03/2020
Red-headed Woodpecker (uncommon migrant; more commonly seen in the fall)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (relatively common resident; breeds)
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 03/13/2016
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (regular spring and fall migrant; rare in winter)
Downy Woodpecker (common resident; breeds)
Downy Woodpecker - 03/17/2014
Hairy Woodpecker (uncommon resident; breeds)
Hairy Woodpecker - 05/20/2020
Northern Flicker (year round; more common on migration; almost certainly breeds)
Northern Flicker - 04/20/2020
Pileated Woodpecker (April 21 2015 and April 17 2020)
Olive-sided Flycatcher (uncommon late-spring and early-fall migrant)
Olive-sided Flycatcher - 05/25/2014
Eastern Wood-Pewee (regular spring and fall migrant)
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (uncommon spring and fall migrant)
Acadian Flycatcher (June 3 2003)
Alder Flycatcher (rare spring migrant)
Willow Flycatcher (uncommon spring migrant)
Least Flycatcher (regular spring and fall migrant)
Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Dec 10 2016 - found by another birder two days previously)
Pacific-slope Flycatcher - 12/10/2016
Eastern Phoebe (common spring and fall migrant; has bred in the park)
Eastern Phoebe - 04/03/2017
Great Crested Flycatcher (common spring and fall migrant; possible breeder)
Great Crested Flycatcher - 05/15/2018
Eastern Kingbird (common spring to fall; breeds)
White-eyed Vireo (rare spring and fall migrant)
Yellow-throated Vireo (uncommon spring and fall migrant)
Blue-headed Vireo (relatively common early-spring and late-fall migrant)
Blue-headed Vireo - 10/18/2020
Warbling Vireo (regular spring migrant; breeds)
Philadelphia Vireo (rare migrant)
Red-eyed Vireo (common spring and fall migrant; possible breeder)
Blue Jay (common resident; breeds)
Blue Jay - 05/10/2020
American Crow (year round; less common in recent years)
American Crow - 11/04/2020
Fish Crow (spring to fall resident; more common closer to Harlem River)
Common Raven (formerly unrecorded; my first in park - Sep 22 2013, now regular)
Common Raven - 11/14/2020
Horned Lark (Nov 8 2014, Apr 26 2019)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (summer resident and breeder)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow - 05/18/2020
Tree Swallow (summer resident and breeder)
Tree Swallow - 05/02/2020
Barn Swallow (summer resident and breeder)
Barn Swallow - 05/28/2020
Black-capped Chickadee (irregular; sometimes common; sometime breeder)
Black-capped Chickadee - 10/25/2020
Tufted Titmouse (irregular; sometimes common; sometime breeder)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (irregular migrant and wintering bird)
White-breasted Nuthatch (year round resident; breeds)
White-breasted Nuthatch - 03/23/2014
Brown Creeper (regular spring and fall migrant)
Carolina Wren (year round resident; breeds)
Carolina Wren - 05/27/2020
House Wren (summer resident and breeder)
Winter Wren (uncommon early-spring and late-fall migrant)
Marsh Wren (uncommon spring and fall migrant)
Marsh Wren - 11/01/2020
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (regular spring and fall migrant)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (regular spring and fall migrant; less common than Ruby-crowned)
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 11/03/2020
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (common spring and fall migrant)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 04/10/2017
Eastern Bluebird (rare early-spring and late-fall migrant)
Eastern Bluebird - 11/14/2020
Veery (regular spring and fall migrant)
Veery - 04/26/2016
Gray-cheeked Thrush (rare spring and fall migrant)
Bicknell's Thrush (very rare spring migrant; 05/25/2014;  probably overlooked; difficult to identify)
Swainson's Thrush (uncommon spring and fall migrant)
Swainson's Thrush - 05/16/2020
Hermit Thrush (regular early-spring and late-fall migrant)
Wood Thrush (relatively common summer resident; breeds)
Wood Thrush - 05/20/2016
American Robin (common year round; breeds)
American Robin - 03/22/2014
Gray Catbird (common spring to fall; breeds)
Gray Catbird - 05/02/2020
Northern Mockingbird (year round resident: breeds)
Northern Mockingbird - 03/21/2014
Brown Thrasher (uncommon spring and fall migrant; possible breeder)
European Starling (abundant year round resident; breeds)
American Pipit (October 22 2018)
Cedar Waxwing (small flocks possible spring to fall)
Cedar Waxwing - 11/07/2020
Ovenbird (common spring and fall migrant; possible breeder)
Ovenbird - 05/02/2020
Worm-eating Warbler (uncommon but regular spring migrant; less common fall migrant)
Louisiana Waterthrush (uncommon spring migrant)
Louisiana Waterthrush - 04/30/2020
Northern Waterthrush (regular spring migrant; uncommon fall migrant)
Blue-winged Warbler (uncommon regular spring and fall migrant)
Black-and-white Warbler (common spring and fall migrant)
Black-and-white Warbler - 05/12/2020
Prothonotary Warbler (May 14 1993)
Tennessee Warbler (uncommon spring and fall migrant)
Tennessee Warbler 10/09/2020
Orange-crowned Warbler (September 18 2013; December 13 2020)
Orange-crowned Warbler 12/13/2020
Nashville Warbler (regular spring and fall migrant; has occurred on Christmas count)
Connecticut Warbler (September 23 2001; probably overlooked)
Mourning Warbler (uncommon late-spring and early-fall migrant; probably overlooked)
Common Yellowthroat (common spring and fall migrant; probable breeder)
Common Yellowthroat - 05/11/2020
Hooded Warbler (uncommon spring and fall migrant)
Hooded Warbler (male) - 05/02/2020
American Redstart (common spring and fall migrant)
Cape May Warbler (rare to uncommon spring and fall migrant)
Cerulean Warbler (rare spring migrant)
Northern Parula (common spring and fall migrant)
Magnolia Warbler (common spring and fall migrant)
Bay-breasted Warbler (uncommon spring and fall migrant; occasionally common)
Bay-breasted Warbler - 05/15/2018
Blackburnian Warbler (uncommon spring and fall migrant)
Blackburnian Warbler - 05/15/2018
Yellow Warbler (common spring and fall migrant; possible breeder)
Yellow Warbler - 05/07/2020
Chestnut-sided Warbler (regular spring and fall migrant)
Blackpoll Warbler (common spring and fall migrant)
Blackpoll Warbler - 11/21/2020
Black-throated Blue Warbler (common spring and fall migrant; March 2 1998 - overwintering female)
Black-throated Blue Warbler - 09/20/2020
Palm Warbler (common early-spring and common late-fall migrant)
Palm Warbler - 04/11/2014
Pine Warbler (uncommon, regular spring and fall migrant)
Pine Warbler - 04/19/2020
Yellow-rumped Warbler (common to very common spring and fall migrant)
Prairie Warbler (uncommon, regular spring and fall migrant)
Prairie Warbler - 04/19/2014
Black-throated Green Warbler (common spring and fall migrant)
Black-throated Green Warbler - 10/09/2020
Canada Warbler (uncommon, regular spring and fall migrant)
Wilson's Warbler (uncommon spring and fall migrant)
Yellow-breasted Chat (rare spring and fall migrant; probably overlooked because of skulking habits)
Eastern Towhee (common spring and fall migrant; possible breeder)
American Tree Sparrow (uncommon in winter)
Chipping Sparrow (common to very common spring and fall migrant)
Chipping Sparrows (fall) - 10/30/2020
Clay-colored Sparrow (November 4 2012)
Field Sparrow (uncommon regular spring and fall migrant)
Field Sparrow - 04/11/2017
Vesper Sparrow (October 11 and October 25 2020)
Vesper Sparrow - 10/25/2020
Savannah Sparrow (uncommon regular spring and fall migrant)
Savannah Sparrow - 04/19/2014
Grasshopper Sparrow (May 10 2014)
Nelson's Sparrow (October 14 to 19 2020)
Nelson's Sparrow - October 15 2020
Fox Sparrow (very early-spring and very late-fall migrant; uncommon, but regular in winter)
Fox Sparrow - 03/29/2014
Song Sparrow (year round; breeds)
Song Sparrow - 04/16/2020
Lincoln's Sparrow (rare, regular spring and fall migrant)
Swamp Sparrow (uncommon spring and fall migrant)
Swamp Sparrow - 11/14/2020
White-throated Sparrow (common spring and fall migrant; overwinters)
White-throated Sparrow - 03/13/2016
White-crowned Sparrow (uncommon spring and fall migrant)
White-crowned Sparrow - May 8 2020
Dark-eyed Junco (common early-spring and late-fall migrant; overwinters)
Dark-eyed Junco - 10/30/2020
Summer Tanager (uncommon spring migrant; very rare fall migrant)
Scarlet Tanager (regular spring and fall migrant)
Scarlet Tanager (wing-barred individual) - 05/12/2020
Northern Cardinal (common year round resident; breeds)
Northern Cardinal - 05/11/2020
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (regular spring and fall migrant)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak - 05/04/2015
Blue Grosbeak (rare spring and fall migrant)
Blue Grosbeak - 10/30/2014
Indigo Bunting (uncommon spring and summer migrant; has bred)
Dickcissel (December 18 2011 to January 7 2012; November 9 2014)
Dickcissel - 11/09/2014
Red-winged Blackbird (spring to fall resident; breeds)
Red-winged Blackbird - 04/24/2018
Eastern Meadowlark (10/20/2000)
Rusty Blackbird (very rare early-spring and late-fall migrant)
Common Grackle (usually common early-spring to late-fall resident; breeds; rare in winter recent years)
Common Grackle - 03/10/2014
Brown-headed Cowbird (uncommon, but regular spring to fall)
Brown-headed Cowbird - 04/12/2020
Orchard Oriole (uncommon summer resident; breeds)
Orchard Oriole - 06/02/2017
Baltimore Oriole (common summer resident; breeds)
Baltimore Oriole - 05/07/2020
Purple Finch (uncommon spring and fall migrant; sometimes winters; irregular numbers)
Purple Finch - 11/14/2020
House Finch (uncommon year round resident)
House Finch (female) - 10/18/2020
Common Redpoll (January 30, 2021)
Common Redpoll - 01/30/2021
Pine Siskin (uncommon fall irruptions; fall 2014, 2020)
Pine Siskin - 10/25/2020
American Goldfinch (common spring and fall migrant; possible breeder)
American Goldfinch - 04/16/2020
Evening Grosbeak (Nov 15 2020)
House Sparrow (abundant year round resident: breeds)
House Sparrow - 11/02/2020

ADDENDA At least a further 33 species have been recorded in the park in addition to those on my personal list above. I have based this list on a list compiled by Nathan O'Reilly and supplemented by records in Urban Ornithology: 150 Years of Birds in New York City by P. A. Buckley, Walter Sedwitz, William J. Norse, and John Kieran (Comstock Publishing, 2018). Where I know the specifics of a record I have included those details. Even this list (my personal list plus the addenda below) should not be considered a totally complete list of the birds of Inwood Hill Park. In compiling it I noticed a few species that are not on it that I think there must be records of for the park, but that I have not come across. Whip-poor-will, Kentucky Warbler, and Red Crossbill all come to mind immediately, but I am sure there are more.

Common Goldeneye
Brown Booby (November 22, 2020 - Nathan O'Reilly and Nadir Souirgi)
Brown Pelican (January 16, 2021 - Dmitriy Aronov and Nathan O'Reilly)
Northern Bobwhite (formerly resident; last recorded 1936)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (July 16, 2014 - Nadir Souirgi)
Clapper Rail
Sandhill Crane
Upland Sandpiper (August 14, 1965 - William Norse)
Wilson's Snipe
Dovekie (November 20, 1932 - fide Buckley, et al.)
Parasitic Jaeger
Black-legged Kittiwake (November 14, 2020 -  Nathan O'Reilly and Nadir Souirgi)
Bonaparte's Gull
Iceland Gull (December 14, 2014 - Alan Messer - "Thayer's Gull")
Forster's Tern
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer (December 26, 1964 - Art Barber)
Brown Booby (November 22, 2020 - Nathan O'Reilly and Nadir Souirgi)
Great Cormorant
Cattle Egret
Glossy Ibis
Golden Eagle (November 3, 2020 - Hilary Russ)
Mississippi Kite (May 25, 2008 - Ken Allaire)
Northern Wheatear (September 22, 1993 - Nate Berkins)
Golden-winged Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Lark Sparrow (November 8, 1963 - William Norse)
Pine Grosbeak (October 25, 1965 - William Norse)
White-winged Crossbill (November 25, 1963 - William Norse)
Western Tanager (August 2, 1963 and September 30, 1965 - both William Norse)

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