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Inlet is for the birds... and for the bird-watchers.

If you are looking for Mourning Warblers, the area along the Wheeler Pond Loop Snowmobile Trail north of Old Forge is a good place to go. Leave Route 28 at the Subway Shop, go north on North Street past the soccer fields on your left, which have nesting Bluebirds, then go off the paved road at the airport.

Listen for Common Snipe winnowing — that's the sound made by their tail feathers while in flight — in the air over the North Branch of the Moose River. Continue on crossing the river, and in that low area are Yellow Warbler, Gray Catbird, American Bittern and Alder Flycatcher.

Just after crossing the flat area, take your first right. You are now on part of the Wheeler Pond loop. Listen for singing Mourning, Black-throated Green, Black-throated Blue, and Blackburnian warblers anywhere along this loop. The Mourning Warblers are hiding in the blackberry patches along this trail. Normally, there are about five pairs here.

About a half mile out on the right side of the trail, the woods drop off sharply into the bog swamp along the Moose River. In this area there are Yellow-bellied and Olive-sided flycathers. Red-breasted Nuthatch, Gray Jay, and Black-backed Woodpecker. Continue along this trail and you'll hit the main trail. Go right here for a short ways down a small hill to a spot where you can look out on the open bog for the birds listed above. Now turn around and continue west to complete the Wheeler Pond loop.

Follow the railroad tracks, which are on your right most of the way, until you hit the North Street extension, where you can go south (left) back to the beginning. There are also some neat butterflies in this area, including Baltimore Checkerspot, American Copper, Red and White Admiral, Great Spangled Fritillary, Common Wood Nymph, and Northern Pearly-eye.

Birders

Another good area for boreal birds is along the Stillwater Road, from Big Moose to Stillwater Reservoir. Just after leaving the Big Moose Station and the paved road, move onto a gravel road, which continues all the way to Stillwater. A short distance down this road there is a neat bog where some boreal birds can be seen and some owl calls can often be heard. Most of the area along this road for the first several miles is posted property, so birding has to be done from the road. There are several old log landings along this road, and by driving slowly and listening you can locate most of them.

At 4.1 miles, just after driving through open gravel pits on both sides of the road, you come to a bog called Pollack Swamp. Most of the boreal birds have been recorded here, including a Northern Three-toed Woodpecker with young in 2005. Further up the road you hit state land at 8 miles, and there are several nice boggy areas at 8.3 and 8.4 miles on the left . The surface of these bogs may not be safe to walk on, but birding from the road and bog edges is possible. Look for Palm Warbler, a nester in these areas, plus the other boreal birds.

Text provided by Gary Lee

Recommended Birding Excursions:

Download a map of bird watching spots, or pick one up at the Inlet Information Office.

Moose River Plains Wild Forest Inlet, NY, 13360
This trail has easy, rolling terrain and is a great place for the whole family. The path is on an old roadbed that ends at both trailheads to...
This trail has easy, rolling terrain and is a...
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Start your hike along an old forest road that quickly becomes an attractive walk through a lush hardwood forest. In the fall, during peak foliage,...
Start your hike along an old forest road that...
Otter Brook Road Inlet, NY, 13360
Note: This hike requires a good trail map, which is a must when hiking in such remote locations. Leave word about your trip plans with others before...
Note: This hike requires a good trail map, which...
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From the end of Indian River Road at the trailhead parking you will pass through boulders blocking the way from vehicular traffic. This is an old...
From the end of Indian River Road at the...
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From the end of Indian River Road at the trailhead parking you will pass through boulders blocking the way from vehicular traffic. This is an old...
From the end of Indian River Road at the...
Moose River Plains Road Inlet, NY,
This trail does not have a trail sign at the beginning off the Moose River Pains Road; you will need to look closely for a trail disk on a tree. The...
This trail does not have a trail sign at the...
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This is a very short trail to two small backcountry ponds. These shorelines are quite attractive even in winter. Wildlife viewing has great potential...
This is a very short trail to two small...
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The Vista Trail has become much more over grown over the years and hence has become much less popular and maintenance has fallen to a minimum. Start...
The Vista Trail has become much more over grown...
Big Moose Road Inlet, NY, 13360
The trail around Moss Lake traverses gently rolling double track hills for mountain bikes and also provides an easy hike. There's also the option of...
The trail around Moss Lake traverses gently...
Big Moose Road Inlet, NY, 13360
The trail starts out following the course of Big Moose Road and quickly comes to the old trail, which started slightly further back up the road. The...
The trail starts out following the course of Big...
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This is a very short trail to a very small backcountry pond with a grassy shoreline. This shoreline is quite attractive and the birding opportunities...
This is a very short trail to a very small...
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It's an easy half-mile climb to Rocky Mountain's summit. The sunset and sunrise views from here can be spectacular. It's no wonder this short hike is...
It's an easy half-mile climb to Rocky Mountain's...
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Located off of Uncas Road, this is a short but perfect hike to a safe, floating walkway and observation post. There is only parking for three...
Located off of Uncas Road, this is a short but...
Parkhurst Road Inlet, NY, 13360
The trail is flat and easy, and only 0.75 mile long. It winds through a beech forest and opens up on to a small mountain lake. This lake freezes...
The trail is flat and easy, and only 0.75 mile...
Inlet, NY, 13360
The first two miles of this trail is on a recently closed dirt road. Then you must ford the Indian River — use caution, this river can be dangerous....
The first two miles of this trail is on a...
Moose River Plains Wild Forest Inlet, NY, 13360
The Moose River Plains Wild Forest is part of the 80,000 acre Moose River Plains Complex, a collection of public lands crossed by more than 40 miles...
The Moose River Plains Wild Forest is part of the...
Inlet, NY, 13360
The trail on the right is flagged at the beginning with yellow and red tape. Keep a lookout for this junction as it is easily missed. The road is...
The trail on the right is flagged at the...
Uncas Road Inlet, NY, 13360
The old railroad track starts across the road from the Browns Tract beach access on Uncas Road. There are two options from this point — stay on the...
The old railroad track starts across the road...
Inlet, NY, 13360
With many good parking spots around the Red River bridge, this trail along the Red River offers miles of access to all types of terrain. The...
With many good parking spots around the Red River...
Big Moose Road Inlet, NY, 13360
Known as the Great Eight Lakes, this trail is easy to intermediate and is only 3 miles to Queer Lake, then 2.3 miles to Chain Ponds. Even longer...
Known as the Great Eight Lakes, this trail is...
Inlet, NY, 13360
This trail leads north to Shallow Lake. After 1 mile, it crosses a log bridge over the bog. This is a wonderful area to see Black-backed and Northern...
This trail leads north to Shallow Lake. After 1...
South Shore Road Inlet, NY, 13360
Cedar River Road Inlet, NY, 13360
Cedar River Flow is tucked in the mountains far from the main road. Several sites are by the outlet dam. Isolated wilderness sites are located along...
Cedar River Flow is tucked in the mountains far...
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This is a great place for the whole family with easy, rolling terrain. The trail is an old road that ends at Beaver Lake in 2.1 miles. This is the...
This is a great place for the whole family with...
Inlet, NY, 13360
Access to Red River is located 5 miles into the Moose River Plains Wild Forest, off of Limekiln Road.This slow moving, "perfect Adirondack wilderness...
Access to Red River is located 5 miles into the...
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An 8.1-mile trip into Big West Lake and to the fireplace left behind by Louie Seymour is a benchmark in the hikes of anyone Adirondack. It was here...
An 8.1-mile trip into Big West Lake and to the...
Rondaxe Road Inlet, NY, 13360
These trails are mostly easy and flat with some small rolling hills and a few steep climbs. There is easy access directly from Old Forge On North...
These trails are mostly easy and flat with some...
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A 5.9-mile hike to a lake that's great for fishing for native brook trout and for primitive lean-to camping along the shore.Back in the 1880s, boats...
A 5.9-mile hike to a lake that's great for...
North Rondaxe Road Inlet, NY, 13360
This trail starts on North Rondaxe Road as a beginner trail, then turns to intermediate past Safford Pond. The trip connects Big Moose Lake and Lake...
This trail starts on North Rondaxe Road as a...
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Enter through the Brown Tract Pond campground. Since there is direct access to the pond, this is a great place to wet a line, swim, canoe, and enjoy...
Enter through the Brown Tract Pond campground....
Sagamore Road Inlet, NY, 13360
Follow Sagamore Road from Route 28 and turn right on Uncas Road, which is a dirt road.At 0.2 mile Uncas Road splits; both forks are gated. Go past...
Follow Sagamore Road from Route 28 and turn right...
Eighth Lake Campground Inlet, NY, 13360
Explore this turn-of-the-century transportation route by foot or by mountain bike. This loop includes flat dirt roads that are appropriate for...
Explore this turn-of-the-century transportation...
Seventh Lake Road Inlet, NY, 13360
This trail is a nice, tight single track on fairly level terrain that goes past a couple of lean-tos. The trail runs right along Seventh Lake so...
This trail is a nice, tight single track on...
Rondaxe Road Inlet, NY, 13360
These two ponds are located on a foot trail that's off the right side of Rondaxe Road across from the trail to Bald Mountain. Finding good casting...
These two ponds are located on a foot trail that'...
Loomis Road Inlet, NY, 13360
Fern Park is a free four-season town of Inlet recreational park located on Loomis Road, just off South Shore Road.In summer, this park offers a...
Fern Park is a free four-season town of Inlet...
Route 28 Inlet, NY, 13360
Located on the south side of Route 28, the Green Bridge and Lock and Dam picnic area offers about 20 nice fishing locations for fishermen and women...
Located on the south side of Route 28, the Green...
Limekiln Road Inlet, NY, 13360
Limekiln Lake Campground is run by the DEC. You can fish from any of the lakefront sites as well as from the public boat launch. There's splake and...
Limekiln Lake Campground is run by the DEC. You...
Limekiln Road Inlet, NY, 13360
Route 28 Inlet, NY, 13360
This is a New York state DEC campground where there is access to both Seventh and Eighth lakes and nice hiking and nature trails nearby.Loons and...
This is a New York state DEC campground where...
Otter Brook Road Inlet, NY, 13360
This is a 7.6-mile hike along the Otter Brook Basin on an old Jeep road. The mountain to the right is Kitty Cobble. The view across Little Lost Pond...
This is a 7.6-mile hike along the Otter Brook...