Adirondack Wetlands: Heron Marsh and Saint Regis Mountain (11 September 2013)

Birding the Adirondacks:
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk
11 September 2013

Adirondack Wildflowers:  Twinflower blooming unusually late (11 September 2013) Shrubs of the Adirondacks:  Hobble Bush on the Logger's Loop Trail (11 September 2013) Adirondack Wetlands: Heron Marsh and Saint Regis Mountain (11 September 2013) Mushrooms of the Adirondacks: Trichaptum abietinum (11 September 2013) Adirondack Wildflowers:  Wintergreen on the Barnum Brook Trail (11 September 2013)
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Adirondack Birding Center Director Brian McAllister led a bird walk on the Boreal Life Trail, the Logger's Loop Trail, and the Barnum Brook Trail on 11 September 2013. 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.

We were on the look-out for birds migrating through our area from Canada. These birds usually travel at night, when it is safer to fly. By morning, they have come down to relax and start feeding. These fall migrants can often be found around Black-capped Chickadees -- resident birds who know where the food is. The migrants join up with groups of chickadees to feed and refuel for the next night's journey. For that reason, we listened for chickadee calls as a way to guide us to the fall migrants stopping over at the VIC on their way south.

We saw or heard a total of 14 different species. Highlights of the walk included some excellent views of Golden-crowned Kinglets on the upland portions of the Boreal Life Trail, as well as fleeting views of a Blackpoll Warbler among a large group of warblers feeding with some resident chickadees.

On the Boreal Life Trail, we saw or heard the following birds:

Golden-crowned Kinglet Belted Kingfisher
Black-capped Chickadee Red-Breasted Nuthatch
American Goldfinch Blue-headed Vireo
Black-throated Blue Warbler Magnolia Warbler
Northern Parula Blackpoll Warbler
Turkey Vulture  

On the Logger's Loop Trail, we saw or heard the following birds:

Ruby-throated Hummingbird Blue Jay
Red-Breasted Nuthatch Black-capped Chickadee

On the Barnum Brook Trail, we saw or heard the following birds:

American Black Duck Magnolia Warbler
Red-Breasted Nuthatch  




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.