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Outdoor Family Time: Bird migration watch

Outdoor Family Time: Bird migration watch

Well, mud season will soon have us off the High Peaks here in the Adirondacks and looking for things to do at lower elevations until the trails dry out.

Mud season also happens to be a time of year when the birds are making their way back to their summer homes, and it is a great opportunity to learn about some wonderful species that you may not see much!

If you have some nearby wetlands or wildlife sanctuaries nearby (bet you do!), grab your rain gear, camera, binoculars, and a day pack and head out to see what you find! After visiting the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge, my love for owls has been rekindled and I told Chris we have a mission. So maybe we’ll see you out there!

I found this SUPER awesome website, maintained by Cornell University, which tracks and reports on migrations all over the US – by region, and posts their migration forecasts on the site. It is fascinating and very detailed as to what you might expect to see week by week!

Migration season is a particularly stressful time for birds, so as always, observe from a distance and be very careful not to disturb them.

Bird migration watch: http://birdcast.info

We are also excited for the return of the Great Blue Herons, there is a Rookery very close to home. Some photos from last year (I am NOT a good Heron stalker/shooter, at least not from a kayak apparently…sorry! Will try again this year!)

Spring is a great season to look for migratory birds!
Spring is a great season to look for migratory birds!
Spring is a great season to look for migratory birds!
Spring is a great season to look for migratory birds!
Spring is a great season to look for migratory birds!
Spring is a great season to look for migratory birds!

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