Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center -- View from the Boreal Life Trail board walk

Birding the Adirondacks:
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk 2 July 2011

Adirondack Wetlands at the Paul Smiths VIC: Boreal Life TrailAdirondack Wetlands at the Paul Smiths VIC: Boreal Life Trail

Adirondack Birding Center Director Brian McAllister led a bird walk on the Boreal Life Trail on 2 July 2011. The walk was part of the "TR" Birding Series. The walk began at 8:00 AM, when we met at the parking lot at the Paul Smith's College VIC.

The highlight of the walk was a sighting of three Gray Jays (two adults and a juvenile, the latter still in his dark sooty plumage) on the path above the lookout on Barnum Pond. We also had a nice close-up view of a Common Yellowthroat (by the Barnum Pond lookout) and of a male Osprey doing an aerial courtship display.

We heard the following birds near the parking area:

Red-eyed Vireo Chipping Sparrow
Ruffed Grouse Northern Parula
Cedar Waxwing American Robin
Black-capped Chickadee  


In the woods on the Boreal Life Trail, we saw or heard the following birds:

Red-eyed Vireo Nashville Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-Breasted Nuthatch Black-capped Chickadee
Common Yellowthroat Blue Jay
Northern Parula Black-throated Blue Warbler
Brown Creeper Magnolia Warbler
Winter Wren Blackburnian Warbler
White-throated Sparrow Blue-headed Vireo
Cedar Waxwing Gray Jay


Adirondack Wetlands: Barnum Bog at the Paul Smiths VICAdirondack Wetlands: Barnum Bog at the Paul Smiths VIC

Along the board walk, we heard or saw the following birds

Red-eyed Vireo Nashville Warbler
Lincoln's Sparrow Mourning Dove
Palm Warbler Cedar Waxwing
Alder Flycatcher Swamp Sparrow
Osprey Broad-winged Hawk


Paul Smiths VIC: St. Regis Mountain from the Barnum Pond overlookPaul Smiths VIC: St. Regis Mountain from the Barnum Pond overlook

On Barnum Pond, we saw or heard the following birds:

Turkey Vulture Savannah Sparrow
Olive-sided Flycatcher Common Yellowthroat
Swamp Sparrow  


Canoe Launch at the Paul Smiths VICCanoe Launch at the Paul Smiths VIC (2 July 2011)

We also identified a large number of plants and wildflowers, including:


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.