Birding in New York's Adirondack Park

Summer in the Adirondacks begins with song. Breeding songbirds hang from the trees like colorful ornaments and birders who venture out will find themselves surrounded by warblers, vireos, thrushes, and flycatchers. After all, birding in the Adirondacks is at its peak when the birds are breeding.

Bird lovers check out the Adirondack Birding Festival June 13 - 15, 2014

Birders should look and listen for species like Scarlet Tanager, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo, Hermit Thrush, Swainson's Thrush, and Alder and Least Flycatchers. But of the breeding songbirds, warblers may be the most beloved and birders can find the following breeding throughout the area:

  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Northern Parula
  • Pine Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Ovenbird
  • Northern Waterthrush
  • Mourning Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Black and White Warbler
  • American Redstart

Birding Hikes & Adirondack Paddles

In the Adirondacks you will find a variety of trails which provide and excellent opportunity for a birding hike in the Adirondacks. Not only are there so many breeding migrants throughout the summer in the Adirondacks, but the resident boreal species are also present in many of the coniferous and bog habitats. Hamilton County is a great place to look for Gray Jay, Black-backed Woodpecker, and Boreal Chickadee, and during the summer such boreal habitats are also home to Lincoln's Sparrow, Palm Warbler, Olive-sided Flycatcher, and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. Species like Red and White-winged Crossbills, having bred earlier in the year can also still be found in these coniferous habitats – often in small flocks or groups.

And, since many such boreal sites are best accessed via the water, grab your paddle and explore some great boreal habitat along the streams and lakes of the Adirondacks. After all, the summer is a great time to head out paddling, and canoeists can not only search for the boreal birds, but can also be on the lookout for species like Bald Eagle, Osprey, Ring-necked Duck, American Bittern, and Common Loon. It can be a summer wilderness birding and canoeing experience!

Late Summer Birding

As the summer stretches into July and then further into August, many migrant species begin to disperse and form large flocks. These late summer flocks can be found almost anywhere and can be incredibly diverse. In addition, August brings with it migrants from our north and birders should look through late summer warbler flocks for species like Cape May Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, and Wilson's Warbler. So even during the summer, the avian composition on the landscape changes.

Summer is a great time to go birding in the Adirondacks! With a variety of places to stay in the Adirondacks you can find a nest of your own and plan a memorable birding vacation.