Birding

Submitted by Joan Collins on Apr 04, 2017
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A Season of ChangeIt is always a welcome sign of spring when birds begin to return to the Adirondacks. At this time of year, each day brings new arrivals along with their beautiful songs. Just this morning, an American Robin sang at dawn outside our home. Spring is a fascinating season of change in the avian world. Year-round birds change their behavior as they get ready to nest, many of our
Submitted by Joan Collins on Dec 21, 2016
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Boreal birding is fantastic in the western Essex County towns of Newcomb and Minerva. There is substantial boreal habitat and much of it can be accessed along roadways for easy car-birding. For a quieter experience, there are many trails where a hiker can wander in captivating boreal forest or paddle calm waters. In the winter, there are snowshoe and cross-country ski options. Birding Along
Submitted by Joan Collins on May 26, 2016
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The Newcomb-Minerva-North Hudson region offers fantastic boreal birding in the Adirondacks. This area has numerous hiking trails through boreal forest, wetlands, and marshes. Easy, roadside birding is also exciting since the main roads traverse boreal wilderness areas. Some of the Region’s Bird SpeciesThe sought-after boreal “trinity” species - Black-backed Woodpecker, Gray Jay, and Boreal
Submitted by Joan Collins on Feb 29, 2016
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Winter Birds This winter, birds in the boreal habitat areas of Newcomb and Minerva have been a magnet for visiting birders! With beautiful Evening Grosbeaks visiting feeders in Newcomb and Red Crossbills currently nesting along Route 28N, most of my guided birding trips this season have been focused in the central Adirondacks and Schroon Lake Region. Birders delight in seeing our year-round
Submitted by Joan Collins on Jan 05, 2016
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Winter Nesting“Birds can nest in winter?” This is a frequent question I receive when I mention that Red Crossbills are currently nesting in several locations in the Adirondacks — including Newcomb and Minerva. Red Crossbills (Loxia curvirostra) and White-winged Crossbills (Loxia leucoptera) are finches that can nest at any time of year, but they most frequently nest during winter in the