Adirondack Birding

Birding in the Adirondack Wild

Home to rare boreal bird species, and a popular stop along many migratory routes, the Adirondack Wild is a birding haven. Each spring, Hamilton County’s 100 species of nesting and migratory birds take center stage. It’s the perfect time to enjoy bird watching in the Adirondacks.

June is the peak of nesting season, and birders from around the country seek out unique species during the Adirondack Birding Festival. Sponsored by Hamilton County Department of Tourism and Audubon NY, the festival includes guided birding expeditions through the Adirondack Wild’s wetlands, woodlands and mountain summits, as well as educational talks and evening lectures. See the festival bird list for an idea of what birds have been spotted!

Birding in the Adirondacks.

Bicknell’s Thrush, home from their winter habitat in the Dominican Republic, can be found along Hamilton County birding trails, including popular Blue Mountain. Known for their unique singing voices, these endangered boreal birds can be heard trilling near the summit in the early hours of the morning. 

Boreal Birds of the Adirondacks

The Moose River Plains is a vast, wild boreal forest covering 50,000 acres in the Central Adirondacks - creating an ideal habitat for woodland birds. Nearly all of the region’s 100 distinct species can be found in this Audubon Important Bird Area, including:

  • Eastern Wood Pewee
  • Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
  • Least Flycatcher
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Boreal Chickadee
  • Winter Wren
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • Gray Jays

Adirondack Wetland Species

The Adirondack Wild’s wetland regions offer a rich landscape teeming with life. Discover Scarlett Tanagers and Grosbeaks while experiencing pristine paddling. Glimpse nesting waterfowl along large, deep water lakes with marshes - perfect habitats for water birds like Great Blue Herons.

Enjoy a birding paddle through Hamilton County and glimpse:

  • American Bittern
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Osprey
  • Virginia Rail
  • Red-necked Ducks

Adirondack Woodland Birds

In the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area in northern Hamilton County, birders will find a rich and diverse boreal bird habitat along hiking trails. In these temperate deciduous and boreal forests, discover:

  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Canada Warblers
  • Olive-sided Flycatchers
  • Palm Warblers
  • Bald Eagles

Or simply set out on one of the Adirondack Wild’s scenic hiking trails and listen for the distinctive sound of a busy woodpecker, or watch for the wide shadow cast by a soaring Bald Eagle.

This spring, experience the melodic trill of a Hermit Thrush and the Adirondack Wild’s incredibly diverse birding opportunities.

Birding Hikes, Paddles and Drives

"Fiddler's Pond" (Buckhorn Lake)



Arietta, NY

Blue Mountain



Blue Mountain Lake, NY

Bog River to Lows Lake



Long Lake, NY

Cedar River Flow and River



Indian Lake, NY

Ferd's Bog



Inlet, NY

G Lake



Piseco, NY

Kunjamuk River - Speculator



Speculator, NY

Lake Lila



Long Lake, NY

Moose River Plains Recreational Area, IBA



Indian Lake, NY

Northville-Placid Trail (Eastern shore of Long Lake)



Long Lake, NY

Pillsbury Mountain



Lake Pleasant, NY

Pine Orchard



Wells, NY

Powley Road-Powley Place



Arietta, NY

Rock Lake



Indian Lake, NY

Route 10-Averys Place



Arietta, NY

Sabattis Bog



Long Lake, NY

Sabattis Bog to Sabattis Station Road Drive



Sabattis, NY

Sacandaga Pathway



Speculator, NY

Shallow Lake and Sucker Brook Bay (NW shore of Raquette Lake)



Raquette Lake, NY

South Inlet, Raquette Lake



Raquette Lake, NY

Wakely Mountain



Indian Lake, NY

West River Road, N-P Trail to Silver Lake



Wells, NY

Blue Mountain (Fire Tower)



Blue Mountain Lake, NY

Good Luck Lake-Good Luck Cliffs



Arietta, NY

Great Camp Sagamore Lake Trail



Raquette Lake, NY

Hitchins Pond / Upper Dam / Low's Ridge



Long Lake, NY

Lost Ponds



Indian Lake, NY

Pillsbury Mountain (Fire Tower)



Lake Pleasant, NY

Pine Orchard



Wells, NY

Rock Lake



Indian Lake, NY

Sacandaga Pathway



Speculator, NY

Wakely Mountain



Indian Lake, NY

Watch Hill



Indian Lake, NY


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