Trip Reports
Letchworth State Park, Livingston & Wyoming Counties — June 5, 2011
posted 6/14/11   

Note: This field trip was sponsored by the Rochester Birding Association, a NYSYBC Partner Club. Many thanks especially to Lynn Bergmeyer and Bob Spahn of RBA, for planning and leading a wonderful trip!


Middle Falls Overlook
Middle Falls Overlook
photo by Carena Pooth

We began our journey with a flock of Cedar Waxwings.  Oddly an Alder Flycatcher and a Willow Flycatcher were singing at the same time, this was unusual because they are generally in different habitats in the park.  We saw a handful of Indigo Buntings, male and female.   We spent time observing a female Oriole on a power line and a Turkey Vulture perching in a tree and spreading his wings.   At Wolf Creek we followed a Louisiana Waterthrush along the creek, only catching a glimpse.  Greg found 3 salamanders, we think they were a Blue-spotted, an Allegheny Mountain Dusky, and a Northern Slimy Salamander.  We watched an immature Bald Eagle flying over the trees by the gorge.  We saw two nests by Wolf Creek, one of an Alder Flycatcher.

Many thanks to Bob, Lynn, Carena and Herb.  It was an incredible experience!

                              — Rachel Smith, age 13


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List of Birds Seen on this Trip
by Greg Lawrence and Rachel Smith

Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay

American Crow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow*
Barn Swallow 
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird 
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Blue-winged Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler

* First time seen on a NYSYBC trip

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Louisiana Waterthrush
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Species Total: 73