Just east of the Staten Island Ferry terminal in Manhattan you'll find the Governors Island Ferry terminal. The ride takes you to a magnificent island just a 10 minute ride away, with some amazing wildlife. Governors Island is being commercialized more and more each time I visit, but it's still a nice break from the city. You can't drive there, but you can bring your bicycle or rent a bike. I love eating at Little Eva's, too!
On Aug. 6, 2017, I made a visit and filmed some of the birds, flowers and butterflies I saw there.
The highlight of any trip is a visit to the nest of the yellow-crowned night herons. I was able to photograph some of the kids.
There were also young gulls on Aug. 6, plus parental supervision.
Lots of flowers and butterflies!
I also saw a banded common tern on Aug. 6, and a group of least sandpipers.