Birding the Adirondacks:
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk
11 September 2013
Adirondack Birding Center Director Brian McAllister led a bird walk on the Boreal Life Trail, the Logger's Loop Trail, and the Barnum Brook Trail on 11 September 2013. 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.
We were on the look-out for birds migrating through our area from Canada. These birds usually travel at night, when it is safer to fly. By morning, they have come down to relax and start feeding. These fall migrants can often be found around Black-capped Chickadees -- resident birds who know where the food is. The migrants join up with groups of chickadees to feed and refuel for the next night's journey. For that reason, we listened for chickadee calls as a way to guide us to the fall migrants stopping over at the VIC on their way south.
We saw or heard a total of 14 different species. Highlights of the walk included some excellent views of Golden-crowned Kinglets on the upland portions of the Boreal Life Trail, as well as fleeting views of a Blackpoll Warbler among a large group of warblers feeding with some resident chickadees.
On the Boreal Life Trail, we saw or heard the following birds:
|Golden-crowned Kinglet||Belted Kingfisher|
|Black-capped Chickadee||Red-Breasted Nuthatch|
|American Goldfinch||Blue-headed Vireo|
|Black-throated Blue Warbler||Magnolia Warbler|
|Northern Parula||Blackpoll Warbler|
On the Logger's Loop Trail, we saw or heard the following birds:
|Ruby-throated Hummingbird||Blue Jay|
|Red-Breasted Nuthatch||Black-capped Chickadee|
On the Barnum Brook Trail, we saw or heard the following birds:
|American Black Duck||Magnolia Warbler|