Note: This field trip was led by Shai Mitra, NYSOA director and editor of NYSOA's quarterly journal, The Kingbird. Many thanks to Shai for showing us around this fantastic birding hospot. He taught us many things along the way about birds, ticks, frogs, insects....you name it!
The day started at around 7:30 in the morning. It was a bit cold for mid June, and I had to wear a jacket. At our first stop, which was next to a small pond, we saw some geese and Mallards, and a Common Merganser flew over. In addition, in the trees surrounding the area, we heard and caught some glimpses of Warbling Vireos, Yellow Warblers, and Common Yellowthroats. However, the highlight of this first stop was without a doubt the Mourning Warbler. While the looks we got were fleeting, it was quite a nice sight for a trip so late in the spring. Additionally, we got the much-needed tick warning. I found at least five dog ticks on me that day, and there were still one or two crawling around in the car the day after. However, I must say that pulling my socks over my pants helped a lot with finding them.
Our next stop was much more woodsy. There, we saw quite a few Scarlet Tanagers and Redstarts, and heard a few Worm-eating Warblers and Red-eyed Vireos. In fact, we even caught a glimpse of two vireos in the middle of a territorial dispute. However, the amazing looks we got at an Indigo Bunting were definitely the best part of this stop. The bird stayed in exactly the same place for at least ten minutes, if not more. At the stop after, we were able to find an Olive-sided Flycatcher, and saw many Baltimore Orioles. We also heard a Yellow-breasted Chat calling, but unfortunately, we were barely able to get any kind of look at it before it disappeared and stopped calling.
At our last stop, we didn’t see much in the way of new species. We were able to see a Blue-winged Warbler, and there was a Red-tailed Hawk off in the distance. However, we were able to hear some interesting species, like Cerulean Warbler, and Alder Flycatcher. Overall, it was a very nice day of birding, where we were able to see a large number of species, and bird in a diverse mix of habitats.
List of Birds Seen on this Trip
Great Blue Heron
Great Crested Flycatcher
*NYSYBC Life Bird
| Eastern Kingbird
| Common Yellowthroat
Species Total: 70