A new pair of binoculars inspired a winter outing to the “Bird Forest,” so nicknamed by my granddaughter Amelia. Known to most as “The Ramble,” in New York’s Central Park, the area is a 36-acre forest located on the Atlantic Flyway – the bi-annual bird migration path. Over 230 species have been spotted here in passing, while 40 are year-round tenants. I love the winter months when you get to see the beautiful architecture of the trees, their trunks and branches fully exposed – and it’s so much easier to spot birds! The cardinals are particularly enchanting given we don’t see them in California. This wild forest garden is a welcome delight in the middle of this cacophonous city.