Brooklyn, named after the Dutch village of Breukelen and also known as Kings County, occupies the southwestern end of Long Island. It is the most populous of New York City’s five boroughs, home to over 2.6 million residents. At the heart of this busy borough lie three landscaped parklands: Prospect Park, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Green-Wood Cemetery, each of which offers excellent birding all year, and particularly during migration. Other Brooklyn birding opportunities are found along its extensive coastline, which fronts on the East River, New York Bay and the Narrows, and Jamaica Bay. The largest of these are Marine Park Preserve, Floyd Bennett Field, and Shirley Chisholm State Park, but the borough’s western and southern coasts are dotted with many other hotspots including Brooklyn Bridge Park, Calvert Vaux Park, Coney Island Creek, Sheepshead Bay, and Plumb Beach.
Brooklyn has a long birding tradition (the Brooklyn Bird Club
was founded in 1909) and is home to a passionate birding population that has recorded over 360 bird species in the borough, according to Brooklyn (Kings County) eBird records
. Rarities recorded over the years have included Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Red-billed Tropicbird, Purple Gallinule, Western Reef Heron, Cassin’s Kingbird, Varied Thrush, Bohemian Waxwing, Yellow-headed Blackbird, and Painted Bunting. Brooklyn’s natural spaces also host a startling variety of breeding species: recent nesters have included Green Heron, Ring-necked Pheasant, Clapper Rail, Cooper’s Hawk, Osprey, Monk Parakeet, Acadian Flycatcher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, both Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, Indigo Bunting, and Blue Grosbeak.