Clay Pit Ponds Bird Conservation Area
The Clay Pit Ponds Bird Conservation Area (BCA) consists of portions of Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve on the southwestern portion of Staten Island. The BCA has a variety of habitats including wetlands, ponds, sand barrens, spring-fed streams and woodlands.
There are 180 species of birds that have been identified within the Clay Pit Ponds BCA. Fifty- seven species of neotropical migratory songbirds have been observed. Forest dwelling neotropical migrants include broad-winged hawk, yellow-billed and black-billed cuckoos, great crested and olive-sided flycatchers, red-eyed vireo, blue-gray gnatcatcher, wood thrush, veery and Swainson's thrush. In addition, 31 species of warblers have been recorded including palm, bay-breasted and Wilson's warblers. Whip-poor-will, a species of special concern in New York, has been confirmed as a breeder.
More about Clay Pit Ponds Bird Conservation Area:
- Clay Pit Ponds BCA Management Guidance Summary - New York State Bird Conservation Area Program - Management Guidance Summary for Clay Pit Ponds BCA