Queens County Bird Club

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Below are a list of birding locations. Items that are red have a link to a map;  Click on the place name and a Google map will be presented.

There is some information in each listing below, and additional information on each map such as meeting or parking locations, and trails or birding hotspots.

Click on an icon in the map, or    right-click anywhere on the map for “door to door” driving directions, public transportation directions, biking directions or walking directions. 

NOTE! Meeting locations and times for trips may change at the discretion of the leader, due to weather, or other factors. Participants are requested to contact leaders to inform them of participation and so that you can be apprised of any changes.


APEC Alley Pond Environmental Center.  We have our meetings here.  The facility is located on the south side of Northern Blvd, just east of the Cross Island Parkway.

NY STATE PARKS INFO PAGE  Here one can search for any park in the NYS park system, and find lots of important info including when they collect parking fees and  how much they are

ALLEY POND PARK {Queens County}

1 – Lower Parking Lot. This location may be used for car pooling, if participation and/or the leader deems it necessary. Therefor, please register for trips! The leader needs to know you are coming, and because if we don’t need to car pool, we may skip this location! Also, be PROMPT we don’t want to leave without you: remember, the best birds are early in the morning.
2 – Upper Parking Lot. Some trips start here
3 – 76th Avenue Parking Lot. Some trips start here

BASHERKILL MARSH {Sullivan County}  Take New York Thruway then route 17 to Wurtsboro exit 113. Turn left and drive to Haven Road. Turn left and follow road across bridge. Look for a narrow road on the left side, leading to the parking area.

BLUE CHIP FARMS & SHAWANGUNK NWR nee Galeville Airport {Ulster County}  The place upstate for reliable grassland species.

BREEZY POINT {Queens County}  We meet at the fisherman’s parking lot which is at the end of the road.

Betty Allen Twin Ponds Park  Head to Huntington on Route 110 and turn east on Rote 25A (Northern Boulevard). Drive to Centerport. Entrance is on your right; watch for sign. Park on opposite side of streeet.

NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDENS {Bronx County}  From Whitestone Bridge, take Hutchinson River Parkway to Pelham Bay Park/ Parkway exit, or from Throgs Neck Bridge, bear right and take Throgs Neck Expressway/Bruckner Expressway to Pelham Bay Park exit 1. Head west on Pelham Bay Parkway and after the park on your right, bear right into Southern Boulevard. Entrance is on your right.

Caleb Smith State Park {Suffolk County} Take Northern State Parkway or I-495 to the Sunken Meadow Parkway. Head north to exit SM3, then east on Jericho Turnpike. Look for the park on your left after driving approx. 2 miles. Park is closed Mondays, in winter also Tuesdays.

Caumsett State Park {Suffolk County}  From route 25A in Huntington, turn north at West Neck Road. Continue over causeway to park entrance.

Chelsea Mansion {Nassau County}  Drive east on route 25A. At the second traffic light past route 107, look for the entrance sign on the right side, near the traffic light (Mill River Road). When gate is closed, may be accessible from the Muttontown Preserve. Not always open to the public.

'CityBirder' Birding **Hotspot** Maps.   {5 Boroughs of NYC} More Maps of local places to bird and landmark names therein, by 'Citybirder' Rob Jett

Coffin Woods {Nassau County}  Take route 25A to Wolverhollow Road (traffic light and police station). Turn north until the road ends, then right on Chicken Valley Road. Stay on this road until the railroad overpass comes into view. Just at the overpass, turn left into the game warden’s driveway.

CROTON POINT PARK {Westchester County}  1- Train Station Parking Lot. We meet at the train station, where there are restrooms, and also bird various spots here before continuing on to the park proper.

Cunningham Park {Queens County}  Take Grand Central Parkway to Francis Lewis Boulevard north. Turn left at Union Turnpike. Turn left into the Tennis Court parking lot immediately on your left.

CUPSOGUE BEACH {Suffolk County} This beach at the end of Dune Road in Westhampton is the eastern  side of Moriches Inlet. The flats have ben excellent for shorebirds, terns, and even a Brown Booby!

Delaware River (New Jersey)  Take I-80 west to the Visitor Center at the Delaware Watergap. Meet the club there and then proceed along Old Mine Road which follows north along the river.

DOODLE TOWN {Rockland County}  Take I-87 north across the Tappan Zee Bridge to Bear Mountain Parkway, then head north on it to the exit for route 6 East. Follow that to the traffic circle at the Bear Mountain Bridge. Bear right into route 9W south, drive past the traffic light, down the winding hill to the intersection of a road coming in on the right side. Park immediately past that intersection. A narrow, winding uphill trail leads to Doodletown.

EDGEWOOD PRESERVE {Suffolk County}  Located south of the LIE on Commack Road.

FOREST PARK {Queens County}  From Grand Central Parkway going west, take Interborough Parkway to the Metropolitan Avenue exit. Turn left and park on the right side of Metropolitan Avenue or along Park Lane South which crosses several blocks ahead. Watch for parking restrictions. Club meets Park Lane South between Grosvenor Road and Mayfair Road.

FLOYD BENNET FIELD {Kings County}  From the Belt Parkway, take the Flatbush Avenue exit south. The entrance is on your left just before the toll plaza.  On trips we meet at the ranger station located on the right shortly after entering the park.

FORT TILDEN & JACOB RIIS PARK   {Queens County}  From Southern State Parkway, take Flatbush Avenue South exit 11 (Marine Parkway Bridge) across toll bridge. Take Breezy Point exit and turn left into the entrance just past the traffic light. The Administration Building is to your left at the end of the road. For hawk-watch at Fort Tilden, drive past Administration Building to end of road, turn left and drive along ocean to far parking lot. This lot is only available without permit after
September 15.

GARRETT MOUNTAIN (New Jersey)  From the George Washington Bridge, take I-80 west to exit 56 (Squirrelwood Road). At the end of the exit ramp, turn left (south) onto Squirrelwood Road. Proceed over I-80 up the hill into the mountain and turn right on to Rifle Camp Road. After a quarter mioe make a sharp legft onto Mountain Avenue and you will see parking along the road by the park.

GARVIES POINT PRESERVE {Nassau County}  From I-495, exit 39N, go 5.2 miles north on Glen Cove Road. Bear left at the fork and continue to end of road (at the firehouse). Turn left for one block, then right at the traffic light. Continue to the end of the road, then turn left. Just after the road curves to the right, make a left turn into McLoughlin Street. Near its end, turn left into Barry Drive which has an entrance to the Preserve.

GREAT SWAMP NWR (New Jersey)  Take I-80 to I-287 South to exit 33 (Harter Road). Turn left on Route 202 then left on Sandspring Road. Turn right on Hill Road/ Blue Mill Road/Lee’s Hill Road, then left on Long Hill Road.

HEMPSTEAD LAKE STATE PARK {Nassau County}  Take Southern State Parkway to exit 18, head south to last parking lot entrance before the road turns left sharply around the lake.  See Map above

Parking FEE as of April 2013 On weekends and holidays    We meet at Parking Lot 3 [ furthest south ]

Hook Mountain {Rockland County}  Take Interstate I-87 north from New York across Tappan Zee Bridge. Take exit 11 and go north on route 9W. After passing the traffic light at Herold Road, climb the hill ahead and park in the parking area on the right at the top of the hill. Walk back along road several hundred feet and enter the blue-dot trail on the east side of the road. After a moderate climb, this trail leads to the top of the mountain.

JAMAICA BAY WILDLIFE REFUGE {Queens County}  Take Southern State Parkway to Cross Bay Boulevard south, exit 17S, then head south. After crossing the bridge, look for parking lot entrance on the right side 1 1/4 mile ahead at the traffic light.

JONES BEACH STATE PARK {Nassau County}  Meadowbrook Parkway south  to end. For West End, bear right, follow signs.

Daily parking fee $8, {$10 when beach open}   Week Ends  6am – 4pm   Week Days   8am - 4pm

KISSENA PARK {Queens County} From junction LIE – &  Kissena Boulevard and head north.

1- Velodrome Parking Lot. Our new meeting location, as there is ample parking
2 – Rose Avenue Location. Old meeting location, some trips may start here.

LORD STIRLING PARK (New Jersey)  Take Route 287 to exit 30-A. Take North Maple Ave, bear left at fork (Becomes South Maple Ave). After passing stable make left on Lord Stirling Rd. Park at Environmental Education Center on left 1 mile down

Marine Nature Study Area {Nassau County}  Take Southern State Parkway to exit 20S (Grand Avenue-Baldwin). Pass Sunrise Highway, then turn right on Atlantic Avenue. Turn left on Waukena Avenue and start looking for signs to the nature center. Turn left on Park Avenue, then left on Golf Drive to Slice Drive.

Marshlands Conservancy {Westchester}

Massapequa Preserve {Nassau County}  Take Northern State Parkway to Wantagh Parkway and exit at Merrick Road. Go through Seaford for about 2 1/2 miles to Ocean Avenue (which runs north just ahead of the lake). Turn left and park about one block in.

MIANUS RIVER GORGE PRESERVE {Westchester County}

MONTAUK POINT STATE PARK {Suffolk County}  Take I-495 east to exit 70. Turn right and go to end of road, then turn left into route 27. Follow along route 27 to end of road. NOTE: Parking Fee unless you arrive before they start collecting { 8am }

MUTTONTOWN PRESERVE {Nassau County}  There is an entrance on route 25A east-bound, west of route 106.  There is a parking field in the Equestrian Center south of route 25A on 106.

Nassau County Museum of Art {Nassau County}  From Northern State Parkway (exit 28) or I-495 (exit 37), take Mineola Avenue north to route 25A. Turn right and drive across viaduct. On top of the hill, make a left turn into the museum area. Closed Mondays.

Norman J. Levy Park {Nassau County}  Take Meadowbrook Parkway to Merrick Road and drive east. Turn right immediately after passing parkway (Sanitation Dep’t entrance).

OAKLAND LAKE {Queens County}  On Cloverdale near to jxn Northern Blvd & Cross Island pkwy.

Overpeck Park {New Jersey}  Take I-95 across George Washington Bridge and turn-off to New Jersey Turnpike. Take the first exit (Route 46, Ridgefield Park) to end of street and turn left. Drive two blocks to left turn for route 46 East. After making the turn, bear left, cross over I-95 and turn left. Drive to end. Caution for exit from Overpeck
Park. To go east, follow entrance sign for I-95. To go west, drive forward to route 46 and turn east.

PELHAM BAY PARK {Bronx County}  Take the Hutchinson River Parkway to Orchard Beach exit, then follow the road to its end. Turn left into the Orchard Beach parking area. R

Planting Field Arboretum {Nassau County}  Take route 25A to Wolverhollow Road (traffic light and police station). Turn north until the road ends, then right on Chicken Valley Road. Pass the large gate of Planting Fields, and turn right at the next road, Planting Fields Road, which leads to the Arboretum. Parking Fee.

POINT LOOKOUT {Nassau County}  Take Meadowbrook Parkway south to Long Beach exit and follow to traffic light. Turn left and park near end of street. Legal parking may be limited, and is a few blocks back from entrance

PROSPECT PARK {Kings County}  Take Jackie Robinson Parkway to Bushwick Avenue, then turn left into Eastern Parkway. Drive around Grand Army Plaza and park. Meet at this entrance.  A more detailed map is available HERE from Rob Jett's City Birder site

QUAKER RIDGE HAWK WATCH {Connecticut}  Located on the Greenwich Audubon Property.

ROBERT MOSES STATE PARK {Suffolk County}  From Northern State Parkway, take Meadowbrook Parkway or Wantagh Parkway south to Jones Beach. Then head east until you reach the right turn for Fire Island. Turn right and cross the bridge into the park. Club meets at east end of Field 2.

Hawk Watch is located east of Field 5. Note, do not park by platform, one must park in a lot.

fees collected Weekends  7am – 4pm   WeekDays   8am - 4pm

Rockefeller Preserve State Park {Westchester County}  This site hosted two, possible three Kentucky warblers in June 2011! here is a map marked with their locations

Sands Point Preserve {Nassau County}  Take I-495 to exit 36, then north on Searingtown Road which
turns into Port Washington Boulevard (route 101). Continue past Port Washington, then watch for entrance 1 1/2 miles ahead on your right. Permission required; call 883-1612. Parking fee.

SHARON SPRINGS {Schoharie County}  Take 87 north to Albany, continue on I-90 Thru-way westbound.  Connect to 20 west to Sharon Springs.  Meeting location is corner of Kilts and Goodrich roads.  Historically good for Henslow’s Sparrow. Grasshopper in area, as well as nearby Uppies and Mississippi Kites not too far away.

Shu Swamp {Nassau County}  Take route 25A to Wolverhollow Road (traffic light and police station). Turn north until the road ends, then right on Chicken Valley Road. Pass  planting Fields, and turn right at the blinking light. Drive along the pond at your left, turning left, and continue until you reach the sanctuary parking lot on the left side, just before LIRR overpass. No street parking. Closed Fridays.

SOUTH SHORE POTPOURRI {Nassau County}  We meet at Lofts Pond Park in Baldwin, On Windsor and Merrick road. Take Southern State Parkway to Grand Avenue (exit 20 south). Turn right on Merrick Road.

STATEN ISLAND **HOTSPOTS** {Richmond County} Several excellent spots are on the island. This is a link 

Stehli Beach {Nassau County}  From route 25, 25A, I-495, or Northern State Parkway, take route 106 north into Oyster Bay. Make a left turn at Lexington Avenue (Berry Hill Road), then left when it ends. Follow this road along the bay into Bayville. Turn left at the traffic light at the end of the road. Drive through Bayville. Just before the road turns sharply to the left, turn right into the beach parking lot. Residents only in summer.

STERLING FOREST {Orange County}  Take the I-87  to Sloatsburg Exit 15A, continuing North up Route 17 through Tuxedo. Beware that Tuxedo is a notorious speed trap so obey speed restrictions. On your left will be a small plaza with a Dunkin Donuts and Hayward’s deli (845) 753-2016 that makes good sandwiches.  A short distance further will be Route 17A.  Turn left, and continue to CR 84|Long Swamp Rd, where you will turn left again.  There is a pullout on the right a short distance up the road alongside this lake.

Stillwell Woods {Nassau County}  Take Route 25A east past route 106 until you pass the nursery. At the next intersection where Route 25A veers to the left, turn right into Cold Spring Road. Proceed until a road branches off half-left. Take this road, Southwoods Road, until you see the school property at your right. Turn left into the dirt road just before you reach it and park.

Sunrise Mountain (New Jersey)  Take I-80 in New Jersey to Route 15, then follow it. Continue as it turns into Route 206. After passing Culver Lake watch for a right turn with a pointer to the mountain. Shortly after making that turn, turn half left into the road leading to the destination. R

Sweet Briar Preserve {Suffolk County}  Take Sunken Meadow Parkway to Jericho Turnpike. Drive east into Smithtown. Turn left on Edgewood Avenue, then left on Landing Avenue, and another left on Eckerkamp Drive. Watch for parking lot sign.

Target Rock NWR {Suffolk County}  Follow directions given for Caumsett State Park but continue straight ahead into the refuge.

Teatown Lake Reservation {Westchester County}  Take the Taconic Parkway to Route 133 and turn west, then right turn on Spring Valley Road.

Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary {Nassau County}  From route 25, 25A, I-495, or Northern State Parkway, take route 106 north into Oyster Bay. Turn right on Cove Road and go two miles till you find the cemetery parking lot at your right. Park and walk east along Cove Road to the sanctuary entrance.

Tiffany Creek {Nassau County}  From route 25, 25A, I-495, or Northern State Parkway, take route 106 north into Oyster Bay. Turn right on East Main street and drive past the school. Do not turn here but look for a right turn shortly thereafter into Sandy Hill Road. The sanctuary entrance is on the right.

TIMBER POINT GOLF COURSE {Suffolk County}  From last exit on Southern State/Hechscher Pkwy, go east on Timber Point Road // River Road to jxn w/ Great River Road.

Uplands Farm of The Nature Conservancy {Suffolk County}  Take route 25A east past fish hatchery. Bear right into route 108 but turn left immediately into Lawrence Hill Road. Entrance is on the right at 0.4 mile.

Van Cortlandt Park {Bronx County}  Take Major Deegan Expressway to Van Cortlandt South. Turn east and left at next light. Park in Golf Course lot.

WARD-POUND RIDGE RESERVATION { Westchester County}  Take the Hutchinson River Parkway to I-684 and drive to exit 6 Katonah / Cross River - Route 35 East. Turn right and follow route 35 into Cross River. Turn right on route 121. Park entrance is immediately
on left side. Admission Fee after 8am.  Topo Map Here

Welwyn Preserve {Nassau County}  From I-495, exit 39N, go 5.2 miles north on Glen Cove Road. Bear left at the fork and continue to end of road (at the firehouse). Turn right. Turn left on Desoris Lane. Turn left on New Woods Road and drive to the end. Turn right. Entrance is on your right.

Wertheim NWR {Suffolk County}  Take Long Island Expressway to exit 67 and go south on Yaphank  Road. At the Horse Block Road intersection bear half left toward Montauk Highway. Turn left on Montauk Highway and right on Old Beaver Road which turns into Smith Road. Entrance is on the right.