Staten Island is a part of New York, but even after being a portion of world’s most magnificent city which is well known for its concrete jungle, Staten Island has more than 3000 acres of greenery spread in several parks of this area. The place provides enormous opportunities for nature lovers to come and explore the wild heritage of this place. If, people who don’t know about Staten Island come here first and see the natural beauty and its wide natural heritage, they will not believe that it is a part of New York City and situated nearby the city of skyscrapers. It’s simply unbelievable for them.
The forests and national parks at Staten Island have varied selection of wildlife. You’ll also find rare species of Birds here. The number and diversity of birds is really rare and enough to attract any bird lovers to Staten Island. There are several parks which has numerous species of birds, those includes:
Clovelakes Park – Clove Lakes Park is the prime spot for migratory birds on Staten Island. Northward bound migratory birds start coming in the park from late March. The number, and diversity of species increases along with progressing spring season. A bird lover can have glances of more than 25 different species of wood-warblers, along with other migrants such as rose-breasted grosbeak, flycatchers, cuckoos and vireos during a good sunny day in May. One can find spring migration hooded, prothonotary, and Kentucky warblers somewhere within the park boundaries every year.
South and Midland Beach Park – Midland and South Beach are among one of the longest open beach stretches in New York City. People should visit this park for waterfowl, eared grebe, harlequin duck, Barrow’s goldeneye and purple sandpiper. Red and White-winged crossbills and evening grosbeak are also found in the pines during winters.
Fort Wadsworth – Fort Wadsworth is situated just beside Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and provides a wonderful view of Lower New York Bay. Eurasian wigeon, Purple sandpipers are popular inhabitant of this place. During spring and fall migration warblers and bobolinks can also be found in the field. Even the woods around fort are good place to find common resident birds.