Sunday, May 27, 2012
Some of the best birds that pass through New York go on to nest in upstate New York. Two of my favorites: the hooded warbler and the cerulean warbler, call this place home. It is also the nesting place for indigo buntings, philadelphia vireo, yellow warblers, redstarts and the odd black throated green warbler. At the water sources one can find great blue herons, red-winged blackbirds, grackles, orioles, tanagers, great crested flycatchers and bluebirds. Moving through the valley are a number of raptors such as red-shouldered hawks, Coopers, redtailed hawks, black and turkey vultures and this 2nd spring male harrier. Aside from birds it is also home to a great variety of snakes. On this trip I saw a garter snake, black rat snake, this water snake I also came across a gnarly water moccasin but it got off before I had my camera ready. Last but not least, here's a video/audio recording of the great multitude of birdsong along 1st June Cemetary. How many birds/engines can you name?