Bronx River Parkway Reservation (Crestwood Lake), Yonkers to White Plains
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The Bronx River Parkway Reservation was the County's first parkland and it parallels the parkway. The area near the Crestwood Train Station is one of the more productive areas.
Directions to Crestwood Lake, Bronx River: Take Bronx River Parkway to exit 8, Vermont St./Crestwood Station, If northbound, turn right to Crestwood Train Station. If southbound, make first left over parkway to Crestwood Train Station.
From Crestwood Train Station walk south. The lake usually has Black-crowned Night Heron, Great Egret and Double-crested Cormorant during the warmer months and Wood Duck year round. In winter look for Hooded Merganser and Ring-necked Duck. The mud flats have some shorebirds, mostly seen just before nightfall during migration and include, Solitary, Spotted, Pectoral and Least Sandpipers.
Eastern Kingbird, Yellow Warbler, Warbling Vireo, and Baltimore Oriole are common in spring and summer. Orchard Oriole breeds here too and are most often seen near the small island. Common Nighthawk can usually be found during migration at dusk.
Another good section in winteris the river along Paxton Avenue, south of the St. Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville. This section rarely freezes and give the best chance to find Wood Duck in winter. Make sure you feed the meters in Bronxville. The police are anal retentive about them.
Eurasian Green-winged Teal 2-26-2005
American Green-winged Teal (left) and Eurasian Green-winged Teal (right) 2-26-2005
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