Adirondack Shrubs: Bog Rosemary on Barnum Bog at the Paul Smiths VIC (23 May 2015)

Birding the Adirondacks:
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk
23 May 2015

Adirondack Wetlands: Barnum Bog at the Paul Smiths VIC (23 May 2015) Birds of the Adirondacks:  Blackburnian Warbler on the Boreal Life Trail (23 May 2015) Birds of the Adirondacks:  Blackburnian Warbler on the Boreal Life Trail (23 May 2015) Shrubs of the Adirondacks:  Bog Laurel on Barnum Bog (23 May 2015) Trees of the Adirondacks: Black Spruce on Barnum Bog (23 May 2015) Adirondack Wildflowers:  Cotton Grass on Barnum Bog (23 May 2015) Adirondack Shrubs: Hobblebush on the Barnum Brook Trail (23 May 2015) Birds of the Adirondacks:  Blue Jay on the Barnum Brook Trail (23 May 2015)
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On 23 May 2015, Adirondack Birding Center Director Brian McAllister led a bird walk on the Boreal Life Trail and the Barnum Brook 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 sunny, cold, windy morning Рnot good birding weather. The wind made it more difficult to hear and see the birds. Moreover, birds tend to be less active when it's cold, so we heard more birds toward the end of our walk, after it had warmed up. Despite the cold and the wind, we saw or heard a total of 27 bird species. eBird Checklist 

During the walk, we discussed methods of recognizing bird song and techniques to help remember the songs. We also covered the origin of bird names, including:

Highlights of the walk included a rare glimpse of a Cape May Warbler on the Boreal Life Trail. This was the first time that the Cape May had been observed during the Teddy Roosevelt bird walks; this bird was probably just passing through on its way north. We also had some excellent views of a Blackburnian Warbler on the Boreal Life Trail, a pair of mating Tree Swallows on Heron Marsh, and a Palm Warbler from the viewing platform on the Barnum Brook Trail.

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

Red-eyed Vireo Blackburnian Warbler
Northern Parula Black-throated Blue Warbler
Purple Finch Nashville Warbler
Golden-crowned Kinglet Red-breasted Nuthatch
Blue-headed Vireo Cape May Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler Ruffed Grouse

On the board walk across Barnum Bog on the Boreal Life Trail, we saw or heard the following birds:

White-throated Sparrow Palm Warbler
Common Raven  

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

Northern Parula Hermit Thrush
Magnolia Warbler Red-winged Blackbird
Black-capped Chickadee Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-rumped Warbler Red-eyed Vireo
Red-winged Blackbird Tree Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch Hermit Thrush
Canada Goose Ring-necked Duck
Mallard Chimney Swift
American Redstart Palm Warbler
Blue Jay  

We also observed the following shrubs and wildflowers in bloom or bud:

Clintonia Bog Rosemary
Bog Laurel Wild Sarsaparilla
Cotton Grass Labrador Tea
Purple Trillium Painted Trillium
Indian Cucumber-root Hobblebush
Leatherleaf Goldthread


 

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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.