Hummingbird Sighting!

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How exciting is this!

ICYMI: Our dedicated Horticulture team has transformed the Cottage Garden into a beautiful haven, with one of their goals being to attract hummingbirds. And the results? Nothing short of extraordinary!

In an unprecedented event, a stunning, Black-chinned Hummingbird has been spotted in our newly cultivated habitat. While the Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the usual resident in New York State, this rare visitor, typically found on the West Coast, has marked its territory on the East Coast—making it the very first sighting in New York State!

Fun Fact: The Black-chinned Hummingbird – known for its deep, black throat patch and iridescent purple feathers, is the western counterpart of the familiar Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

Over the past five days, the news of this rare occurrence has created a buzz [hum] about Randall’s Island Park, drawing in avid birders, and photographers of all kinds, all eager to catch a glimpse of this special visitor. The Cottage Garden has become a hub of excitement as the Black-chinned Hummingbird gracefully flits among the vibrant flowers.

A special thanks to our Horticulture team for their work in cultivating this environment. This distinct sighting is a testament to the importance of preserving habitats and planting wildflowers at migratory stopover sites like Randall’s Island Park.

Photo by: Barrie Raik

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