Birds of the Adirondacks: Swamp Sparrow from the Heron Marsh tower (4 July 2015)

Birding the Adirondacks:
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk
4 July 2015

Birds of the Adirondacks: Swamp Sparrow from the Heron Marsh Trail tower at the Paul Smiths VIC (4 July 2015) Mammals of the Adirondacks:  Muskrat on Heron Marsh from the Heron Marsh Trail tower (4 July 2015) Wildflowers of the Adirondacks: Rose Pogonia on Barnum Bog from the Boreal Life Trail boardwalk at the Paul Smiths VIC (4 July 2015) Adirondack Wetlands:  Barnum Bog from the Boreal Life Trail boardwalk (4 July 2015) Shrubs of the Adirondacks: Sheep Laurel on Barnum Bog at the Paul Smiths VIC (4 July 2015)
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On 4 July 2015, Adirondack Birding Center Director Brian McAllister led a bird walk which took us to the Heron Marsh Trail tower, the VIC parking lot, 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 cool, cloudy morning, with periodic rain showers. We saw or heard a total of 32 bird species. eBird Checklist

Highlights of the walk included some excellent views of a Swamp Sparrow from the tower on the Heron Marsh Trail. We also saw a muskrat from the tower. We then had some nice views of a Yellow-rumped Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo, Eastern Phoebe, Blue-headed Vireo, and Northern Parula on the VIC parking lot – always a birding hot spot.

Birds Seen or Heard During the Walk
2 Wood Duck
1 Mallard
1 Common Loon
1 American Bittern
2 Chimney Swift
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
2 Pileated Woodpecker
1 Eastern Phoebe
3 Blue-headed Vireo
4 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Gray Jay
1 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
9 Black-capped Chickadee
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
1 Eastern Bluebird
3 Hermit Thrush
3 American Robin
3 Cedar Waxwing
2 Ovenbird
2 Common Yellowthroat
3 Northern Parula
2 Magnolia Warbler
1 Blackburnian Warbler
3 Black-throated Blue Warbler
2 Palm Warbler
5 Yellow-rumped Warbler
2 Chipping Sparrow
1 Lincoln's Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
2 White-throated Sparrow
1 Common Grackle

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.