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
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
Vast wilderness, spectacular mountain views, lovely scenery, and fantastic birds await those who go birding in the Newcomb-Minerva area. The boreal habitat of this region attracts the most sought-after bird species by visitors and residents alike. Year-round species such as Black-backed Woodpecker, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, and Evening Grosbeak can all be found from easy roadside birding or by
The Roosevelt Truck Trail in Minerva is one of the most beautiful trails in the Adirondack Park. The road-sized path takes hikers through a lovely, mature boreal forest of spruce and balsam fir trees on a carpet of sphagnum moss.
The 2.5 mile long trail has become a favorite hike during the annual Adirondack Birding Festival. Summer and winter field trips, co-sponsored by the Long Lake Parks
A Morning Start on the TrailAfter a peaceful night’s camping along Moose Pond Way, Wren and I loaded up our camp and drove the short distance on the rocky and bumpy road to the trailhead for Vanderwhacker Mountain. The morning was cool and the trail was shady as we set off on the easy and wide path. The trail rose and fell smoothly, but generally climbed from the parking area and we made quick