Birds of the Adirondacks: Common Yellowthroat from the Heron Marsh tower (11 July 2015)

Birding the Adirondacks:
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk
11 July 2015

Adirondack Wetlands:  Heron Marsh from the Heron Marsh Trail tower at the Paul Smiths VIC (11 July 2015) Birds of the Adirondacks:  Male Common Yellowthroat from the Heron Marsh Trail tower at the Paul Smiths VIC (11 July 2015) Adirondack Habitats:  Mixed Conifer/Hardwood Forest along the Logger's Loop Trail at the Paul Smiths VIC (11 July 2015) Wildflowers of the Adirondacks: Rose Pogonia on Barnum Bog at the Paul Smiths VIC (11 July 2015) Birds of the Adirondacks: Cedar Waxwing near the VIC building (11 July 2015)
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Adirondack Birding Center Director Brian McAllister led a bird walk on 11 July 2015. The walk included portions of the Heron Marsh Trail, the VIC parking lot (always a birding hot spot), and parts of the Logger's Loop Trail and the Boreal Life Trail. The walk was part of the "TR" Birding Series. The walk began at 9:00 AM, when we met in the VIC building at the Paul Smith's College VIC. It was a warm, sunny morning, with little wind. We saw or heard a total of 29 bird species. eBird Checklist

Highlights of the walk included some excellent views of a male Common Yellowthroat from the tower on the Heron Marsh Trail. We also were treated to some nice views of some Brown Creepers and a female Blackburnian Warbler on the upland portions of the trail, near the Whispering Pines Amphitheater. We also had some good views of an Ovenbird – a species which is more often heard than seen – on the Logger's Loop Trail, and some extended views of a Lincoln's Sparrow on a Tamarack on Barnum Bog.

Birds Seen or Heard During the Walk
4 Wood Duck
1 Mallard
1 Turkey Vulture
1 Broad-winged Hawk
1 Alder Flycatcher
2 Blue-headed Vireo
7 Red-eyed Vireo
3 Blue Jay
3 American Crow
3 Black-capped Chickadee
3 Red-breasted Nuthatch
2 Brown Creeper
3 Golden-crowned Kinglet
3 Hermit Thrush
3 American Robin
5 Cedar Waxwing
2 Ovenbird
2 Common Yellowthroat
2 Northern Parula
1 Magnolia Warbler
3 Blackburnian Warbler
3 Black-throated Blue Warbler
1 Palm Warbler
4 Yellow-rumped Warbler
5 Chipping Sparrow
1 Lincoln's Sparrow
2 Swamp Sparrow
1 White-throated Sparrow
1 Red-winged Blackbird

Explore the VIC

The Paul Smiths VIC offers a wide variety of programs throughout the year to educate and inform Adirondack Park residents and visitors about the natural wonders of the Adirondack Mountains. You can help support these programs by joining the Friends of the VIC. More information on Friends of the VIC memberships

Explore the Trails

The VIC trails are free and open to the public, from dawn to dusk, spring through fall. In winter, the trails are open to cross-country skiers and snowshoers for a fee. Day or season passes may be purchased.