Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center -- View from the Barnum Pond Overlook on the Boreal Life Trail

Adirondack Birding:
Beginner Birder Workshop
1 July 2011

Paul Smiths VIC -- Adirondack Birding | Great Blue Heron on Heron Marsh (1 July 2011)Adirondack Birding: Great Blue Heron on Heron Marsh

The first day of July turned out to be Maternity Day at the Paul Smith's College VIC, with a wide variety of birds observed nesting or feeding their young. The walk was let by Adirondack Birding Center Director Brian McAllister as part of the Beginner Birder Workshops at the VIC. We met at the Paul Smith's College VIC parking lot at 8 AM and began by listening to and observing the many birds who haunt the parking lot and the grounds around the VIC building, including a Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, and Red-Eyed Vireo. By the VIC building we watched a female Yellow-rumped Warbler feeding her three chicks.

Then we headed out to the Heron Marsh Trail, where we saw a Ring-necked Duck with seven ducklings, a American Black Duck with three ducklings, two juvenile Red-winged Blackbirds being fed by their mother, and a White-throated Sparrow busily feeding her young. On the marsh, we observed three juvenile American Bitterns, still sporting white down on their heads. On the far side of Heron Marsh, we observed a pair of Winter Wren tending their nest in a downed fir tree. The birds gave an abbreviated version of their signature song as they flew in and out of the nesting site.

Paul Smiths VIC -- Adirondack Birding | Ring-necked Duck family on Heron Marsh (1 July 2011)Adirondack Birding: Ring-necked Ducks on Heron Marsh at the Paul Smiths VIC

We heard and/or saw 24 species of birds:

Red-eyed Vireo Nashville Warbler
American Bittern Common Loon
Red-Breasted Nuthatch Red-winged Blackbird
Common Yellowthroat Swamp Sparrow
Northern Parula Wood Duck
Hermit Thrush Ring-Necked Duck
Winter Wren American Black Duck
White-throated Sparrow Golden-crowned Kinglet
Cedar Waxwing Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-capped Chickadee Magnolia Warbler
Ovenbird Great Blue Heron
Tree Swallow Purple Finch


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


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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

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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.