|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
Wren at the Great Swamp
Pawling, NY, July 2002
Past Featured NY Birding Sites
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.
Hill, located on the southeastern shore of
Lake Ontario, is the premier spring hawk watching site for the Northeastern
Bog in Hamilton County.