Adirondack Wildflowers: Rose Pogonia on Barnum Bog (12 July 2014)

Birding the Adirondacks:
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk
12 July 2014

Adirondack Wetlands:  Heron Marsh from the Barnum Brook Trail (12 July 2014) Ferns of the Adirondacks:  Sensitive Fern near Barnum Brook (12 July 2014) Adirondack Wildflowers: Grass Pink on Barnum Bog (12 July 2014) Adirondack Wetlands: Barnum Bog at the Paul Smiths VIC Shrubs of the Adirondacks:  Red Elderberry on the Barnum Brook Trail (12 July 2014)
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Adirondack Birding Center Director Brian McAllister led a bird walk on the Loggers Loop Trail, the Barnum Brook Trail , and the Boreal Life Trail on 12 July 2014. 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. We saw or heard a total of 32 bird species. Highlights of the walk included hearing the song of the Black-and-white Warbler -- the first sign of this bird at the VIC this season. We also saw a Belted Kingfisher, hovering over Heron Marsh, and a Palm Warbler on Barnum Bog. We also got to see an Ovenbird -- a bird which is often heard, but seldom seen.

In the VIC parking lot (a reliable birding hot spot), we saw or heard the following birds:

American Robin Red-breasted Nuthatch
Black-capped Chickadee Cedar Waxwing
Purple Finch Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler Winter Wren
Northern Parula Red-breasted Nuthatch
Black-and-white Warbler  

On the Loggers Loop Trail, we heard or saw the following birds:

Winter Wren Hermit Thrush
Ovenbird Red-breasted Nuthatch

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

Common Yellowthroat Swamp Sparrow
Belted Kingfisher Blue Jay
Yellow-rumped Warbler Red-winged Blackbird
Wood Duck American Goldfinch
Ovenbird Black-capped Chickadee
Lincoln's Sparrow Red-eyed Vireo
Blackburnian Warbler Tree Swallow
Golden-crowned Kinglet Blue-headed Vireo

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

Yellow-rumped Warbler Golden-crowned Kinglet
Red-breasted Nuthatch Hermit Thrush
Black-throated Green Warbler White-throated Sparrow
Winter Wren Nashville Warbler
Palm Warbler Cedar Waxwing
Lincoln's Sparrow Turkey Vulture

We also identified the following plants in bloom:

Partridgeberry Cotton Grass
Grass Pink Dewdrop
Pitcher Plant Rose Pogonia
Yellow Pond Lily  

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.