Birds at Tarrytown Lakes: Calling it home, or just passing through

Download the list of year-rounders or visitors

One of the pleasures of driving Neperan Road, as it sweeps along and between the Tarrytown Lakes, is seeing the variety of visiting birds.


I’ve wondered about the types of birds that have been visiting the lakes (and living there year-round).  Yet, I didn’t know that, though eBird, an online project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, you can download a checklist of sightings for a particular area.

This I learned from Carole Griffiths — Tarrytown resident, member/past chair of Tarrytown Environmental Advisory Council, and avid bird-watcher.  Recently, she told me how she’d pulled over to scope a rare Cackling Goose on the Lower Lake. I asked her about other species she’d seen, so she emailed me the checklist from  (You may download this list by clicking the button above.)

A brilliant blue indigo bunting, sitting among pink crabapple blossoms in spring. The bird visits the Tarrytown Lakes area in Tarrytown, New York.

Indigo Bunting

You can spend a lot of time digging around EBird. Submit your own observations and explore the data at the Cornell website. Download the list of birds seen visiting a specific area as geographically small as the lakes.

The eBird Field Checklist lists 176 species spotted at the Tarrytown Lakes (year-round, for all years).

The list included the usual luminaries: bald eagle, pileated woodpecker, colorful tanagers and buntings.  In addition, loons dropped by, maybe heading to or from the Adirondacks. A tundra swan joined the European mute swans.

Also, Carole told me in her response:

“The Lakes (when they are not frozen) are an important area for wintering water birds, and, of course, important for migrating birds.  This winter there were 400 common mergansers counted at one point, hooded mergansers, common loons, geese, swans, and multiple bald eagles.”


Snow goose in flight

Snow goose in flight.