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Featured NY Birding Sites
The Great Swamp

The Great Swamp, which lies on the Dutchess/Putnam county border is not your usual birding site.  It includes a highway (Route 22), a railroad (MetroNorth, Harlem line), and a village (Pawling).  It is also one of the largest freshwater wetlands in the state, including the headwaters of the East Branch of the Croton River and the Swamp River.  Migrating and nesting birds use the variety of swamp, marsh and fen habitats found here.  Audubon has designated it an Important Bird Area.   Exploring the Great Swamp is not as simple as picking up a trail map or following a dike road.  Start by exploring the website of the Friends of the Great Swamp for the access sites, then go out and enjoy the swamp.

Marsh Wren at the Great Swamp, photo by Carena Pooth

Marsh Wren at the Great Swamp
Pawling, NY, July 2002

Past Featured NY Birding Sites

Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge is the new name for Galeville Airport.  For many years, the airport in Ulster County has been the place to see Short-eared Owls and Rough-legged Hawks in winter and grassland sparrows in summer.  Now it's a National Wildlife Refuge with a "welcome" sign, a staff, a birdlist, and a great website.  Visit the website and plan a trip soon.

Derby Hill, located on the southeastern shore of Lake Ontario, is the premier spring hawk watching site for the Northeastern United States. 

Ferd's Bog in Hamilton County.

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