Paddle upriver from the public beach and you are likely to encounter raptors, waterfowl, wading birds, flycatchers, warblers and other birds. Look for kingfisher tunnels in the muddy riverbanks.
HABITATS: Cattail swamp, backwater slough, open river, floodplain.
FEATURED BIRDS: common merganser, pied-billed grebe, American bittern, yellow warbler, Eastern kingbird, alder flycatcher, red-winged blackbird, osprey, belted kingfisher.
SEASON: Spring, summer, fall.
LOCATION: Launch your boat from the public day-use area at the end of Bowman Lane off State Route 86 in Wilmington, NY.
LAND OWNERSHIP: town parkland and private lands.
NOTES: A local Adirondack guides reports seeing 45 species in one day during the spring! photo credit – Kevin Prickett