Central Park

Not a very birdy day but still good because I got to see some of my freinds during the Linnaean NY field trip.


Greenbrook Nature Sanctuary small private place on the Palisades in New Jersey that we can get access to with a key because we are members. I added a circle created using polar coordinates in Photoshop to the picture of the falls.

Cheesequake Birds

How did Cheesequake get it’s name? Cheesequake is named after a sub tribe of the Lenni Lenape (equates to “Original people’) called Chichequaas. They spoke Unami and/or Munsee. The Lenape lived in the area of Eastern Pennsylvania, Northern Delaware, and SE New York including Western Long Island and Manhattan. Their land is called Lenapihoking. The Cheesequake band originally lived in the Sand Hill area of Asbury Park, now six lanes of the Garden State Parkway. Remnants of the tribe still live near there and many became carpenters. The town of Asbury Park has many houses that were built by the local Native Americans. They are still known as the New Jersey Sand Hill Indians and are headquartered in Montaque, New Jersey.

Cheeseaquake State Park is in Monmouth County, New Jersey. See some information about the park at NJDEP New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection,. The website with maps ,etc. is at NJDEP | Cheesequake State Park | New Jersey State Park Service (njparkseiadforests.org). There is a lot worth seeing in this small park. The trails are flat and there are many viewing platforms overlooking the marshlands. Parts of the blue trail that we attempted to follow is poorly marked and it is easy to lose the trail because of all the paths created by people leaving the trail. Fortunately, I use All-Trails maps with GPS and was able to find my way.

Green-Wood Fauna

A few of the birds we saw at the cemetery. 4th post.

Central Park Peak Migration

Tuesday was a tremendous day for Fall warblers, thrushes and other migrants. I went with the Linnaean NY group then later left them and sat by some jewelweed and watched a hummer feed. The first three have replaced backgrounds.

Rockefeller SP

On Wednesday, September 8, 2021, we went on a Linnaean NY field trip to Rockefeller State Park Preserve, thirty miles north of New York City. The preserve consists of forested hills and valleys surrounding pastoral fields. The property is the former Pocantico Hills and Rockwood Hall country estates of the John D. Rockefeller family and William Rockefeller. Since 1983, the Rockefellers have donated over 1771 acres to New York State to safeguard these lands for the future. Managed by NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, the Preserve is open to the public year-round, sunrise to sunset.

The 45 miles of crushed stone carriage roads designed to complement the landscape where laid out by John D. Rockefeller Sr. and Jr. in the first half of the 20th century. Combinations of trails lead through varied landscapes and past natural and historical features, such as Swan Lake, the Pocantico River with its wood and stone bridges, streams, colonial stone walls, and rock outcroppings. Maps are available to download and at the Preserve Office.

There are huge oak, tulip poplar, maple, and beech trees in the hardwood forest. Pileated and Red-headed Woodpeckers can be found deep in the woodlands. The forests, fields, streams, and wetlands support resident and migratory birds, mammals, insects, amphibians, reptiles, fish and aquatic species, some of which are now uncommon in Westchester County. With 202 recorded species of birds the Preserve draws many birders. Environmental stewardship is underway to promote native biological diversity.

The Japanese Angelica is a food source for the migrating birds. This invasive species’ seeds are spread by the birds. We watched many birds feeding on the Angelica, such as Tennessee Warblers, Black-throated Blue Warblers, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warblers and more.

Rockwood Hall built between 1886 and 1922 has views of the Hudson River and Palisade Cliffs. William Rockefeller’s estate was 1000 acres with a 202-room mansion, a working farm, and a landscape designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. While the house and buildings are now gone, massive rock walls around the site and extensive grassy fields with magnificent trees harken back to the heyday of the estate.