Winter Birding Weekend in the Central Adirondacks!
Saturday & Sunday, January 29-30, 2022
Enjoy another weekend of birding events in the Central Adirondacks this winter. Participants will look for winter irruptive species – Red Crossbills have already irrupted – along with year-round boreal residents such as Ruffed Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, Canada Jay, and Boreal Chickadee. There is an abundance of food in the Adirondacks this year (both fruit and cone seeds), so it will be interesting to see what species show up!
Field Trips: Joan Collins will lead field trips on both days. Both Saturday and Sunday morning, meet outside the Adirondack Hotel at 7 a.m. (near the bridge over Long Lake on Route 30). Participants can car-pool to reduce the number of cars in the train.
Trip Leader, Joan Collins, President of Adirondack Avian Expeditions & Workshops, LLC, leads birding trips year-round, is a New York State licensed guide, an Adirondack 46er, and has climbed all the Adirondack fire tower peaks. She is a past President of the New York State Ornithological Association and current Editor of New York Birders. She is a past Board of Directors member of the Audubon Council of New York State, and past President of Northern New York Audubon Society. Joan has published several journal, magazine, and newspaper articles on wildlife and conservation topics in various publications including Audubon, New York Birders, Conservationist, Adirondack Life Magazine, LOCALadk Magazine, and The Kingbird. She authored several warbler species accounts, in addition to serving as a peer reviewer for The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State. Joan is a frequent keynote speaker and teaches classes on ornithology topics.
Registration is required to attend the field trips and the field trips are FREE. Call the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department at 518-624-3077 to register. There is a maximum of 25 participants for each field trip. The presentation and dinner at the Adirondack Hotel are open to the public.
The Winter Birding Weekend is sponsored by the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department and cosponsored by Northern New York Audubon.
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Area North of Long Lake off of Route 30
Bog River to Low’s Lake. Bring a canoe! Just north of the Hamilton County Line on Route 30, take a left on Route 421 to Horseshoe Lake. Part way around the lake is a dirt access road on the left which leads to the Bog River. Paddle upstream through Hutchins Pond. At the head of the pond is a short carry around the upper dam on the outlet of Lows Lake. Birds to seek: Common Loon. Boreal Birds are found by the bog area of Hutchins Pond. Thrushes and Wood Warblers along the river. Bald Eagles have been spotted. Ducks, Osprey and Great Blue Heron might also be seen. Check the floating bog mats for Migrant Shorebirds.
Lake Lila:Take Route 30 north from Long Lake. Take a left onto Circle Rd/access to Little Tupper Lake. Midway around Circle Road, take a left onto Sabattis Rd. Continue west on Sabattis Road past the Little Tupper access about two miles to the DEC sign for Lake Lila. This five-mile dirt access road to the trail head parking lot is open around Memorial Day. From the parking area, it’s a five minute walk to the east end of this non-motorized lake. Birds to Seek: Osprey, Loons, Wood Warblers, Boreal Birds. Spruce Goose have been spotted there too. There are superb birding areas on the west end of the lake where an Adirondack Great Camp once stood.
Little Tupper Lake: Route 30 North from Long Lake, take a left onto Circle Rd. Reach Little Tupper Lake on your left, take a left onto Sabattis Rd for 1.3 miles. There is a parking lot near the boat launch. Little Tupper is non-motorized, bring a canoe, but beware the wind and use caution on this body of water!
Birds to seek: Audubon New York designated this area as “An Important Bird Area” Common Loons, American Bitterns, Great Blue Herons, and a variety of waterfowl.
Sabattis Bog: Follow directions to Lake Lila above. Take a right on the northern arm of Circle Rd. (Coming from Tupper Lake? Take a right on the northern arm of Circle Rd) Look for a small open bog mat with scattered, stunted spruces on the north side of Circle Rd. Birds to seek:Gray Jay, Palm warbler, Lincoln’s Sparrow and Spruce Goose.
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See the Birds:
Long Lake, Northville-Lake Placid Trail:
There are two sections of the Northville-Lake Placid Trail. The trailhead to the North section is on the right side of the Tarbell Hill Road, approximately 6 tenths of a mile from Route 28N and offers trail access for Caitlin Bay, considered an excellent area for an outing. There are a wide variety of habitats including boreal forest, marsh/bog, swamp, mixed forest, deciduous woods and the shoreline of Long Lake.
Birds to seek: Black-backed Woodpeckers, Yellow-bellied Flycatchers and Boreal Chickadees. Common Loon, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Easter Wood-Pewee, Comon Raven, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Swainson’s Warbler, Northern Parula, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow Rumped Warbler, Pine Warbler, Balck and White Warbler, American Redstart. Ovenbird, Mourning Warbler and Common Yellow throat, Scarlet Tanager, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated sparrow.
Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) at nest with young. Photo by Larry Master.
See the Birds:
Raquette Lake Off Route 28
Ferd’s Bog. Head northwest from Inlet on Route 28 take a right onto Browns Trat Road, just before entering Eagle Bay. Paved for the first mile it becomes dirt for 1.5 miles. Continue to the small parking area on the left. The trail to the bog is .3 miles. Birds to seek:Boreal Birds. Woodpeckers, Wood Warblers, Gray Jays, Olive-Sided and Yellow Bellied Flycathers, Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula and Palm Warbler and Lincoln’s, Swamp and White-throated Sparrows. Great Blue Heron, Tree Swallow and Eastern Bluebirds.
South Inlet, Raquette Lake Route 28.
Going east from Raquette Lake village on Route 28, cross South Inlet on a large blue bridge. There is good parking and easy access to the water on the sout side of the road. This is a two-mile, flat -water paddle to an old dam that generated the power for the Sagamore estate complex years ago. The waterway is a Boreal Habitat. Birds to Seek:Wood Warblers, American Bittern and other summer songsters.