Adirondack Wetlands: Heron Marsh and Saint Regis Mountain (26 July 2014)

Birding the Adirondacks:
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk
26 July 2014

Adirondack Wetlands:  Heron Marsh from the Barnum Brook Trail (26 July 2014) Birds of the Adirondacks:  American Bittern on Heron Marsh (26 July 2014) Adirondack Wildflowers: White Fringed Orchid on Barnum Bog (26 July 2014) Adirondack Wildflowers: Pitcher Plant on Barnum Bog (26 July 2014) Adirondack Wetlands:  Heron Marsh from the Heron Marsh Trail Overlook (26 July 2014)
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Adirondack Birding Center Director Brian McAllister led a bird walk on the Heron Marsh Trail, the Boreal Life Trail, and the Barnum Brook Trail on 26 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 partly cloudy, cool morning. We saw or heard a total of 18 bird species. The highlight of the walk was the chance to see some excellent views of a family of Black-throated Blue Warblers on the Boreal Life Trail. We also got some unusually close-up views of an American Bittern from the second overlook on the Barnum Brook Trail.

On the Heron Marsh Trail, we heard or saw the following birds:

Red-eyed Vireo Black-capped Chickadee
Blue-headed Vireo Great Blue Heron
Hermit Thrush Swamp Sparrow
American Goldfinch Golden-crowned Kinglet
Chipping Sparrow  

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

Red-eyed Vireo Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-capped Chickadee White-throated Sparrow
Cedar Waxwing Black-throated Blue Warbler
American Robin Hermit Thrush
Hairy Woodpecker American Goldfinch

Near the VIC Building, we saw or heard the following birds:

American Robin Red-breasted Nuthatch
Black-capped Chickadee Red-eyed Vireo

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

American Bittern Red-breasted Nuthatch
Swamp Sparrow Black-Capped Chickadee
Wood Duck Great Blue Heron
American Goldfinch Yellow-rumped Warbler

We also identified the following plants in bloom:

Pickerelweed Rose Pogonia
White Fringed Orchid Grass Pink
Pitcher Plant Yellow Pond Lily
Joe Pye Weed  

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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.