Life at North Cove. Field monitoring over past few years….
Our monitoring and research shows, the Inwood North Cove Wildlife Sanctuary, has supported over 50 species of native and international migratory birds, and other life forms through the year, (depending on the time of the year) inc. blue and fiddler crabs, purple mussels, red-eared and snapping turtle, mollusks, many species of river fish, ocean eels, and aquatic invertebrates; muskrats, raccoon, opossum, feral cats, bees, and butterfly.
Birds including sizable flocks of mallard, wood duck and more rare species of ducks, Canada and Brant Geese, sand piper (kind unknown), Common Raven, Black capped Chickadee, Starling, Northern Cardinal, House and a few other kinds of Sparrow, American Robin, Fish and American Crows, and several kinds of heron inc. Great Blue and Green-backed Heron, Black-Crowned Heron, King Fisher, Great Egret, Golden-fronted and Red-bellied woodpecker, Northern Flicker, and Red Tail Hawks, American Kestrel (smallest American falcon) and Peregrine Falcon, Turkey Vulture, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Great-black Backed Gull, Herring Gull, Mocking Bird, Magpie.
Many know/speak of the seals along the Hudson River, however few yet know that ocean seals have been seen relaxing at North Cove; as “tide” riding ocean seals, along with ocean els. These facts make it easy to enjoy and attract people for all ages. (tourists and New Yorkers alike, and researchers and photographers)
Self picture from iPad dec. 2013