The Capital Region segment of the NYS Birding Trail is now open and is the sixth region to be completed. The region includes 29 sites on a mix of public and private lands throughout five counties.
Visit Peebles Island State Park for its multiple spectacular bald eagle observations, or the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, a nationally significant forest community where many bird species can be observed.
Nearby at the Tivoli Lake Preserve, visitors can observe woodpeckers, turkeys, red-winged blackbirds, and red-tailed hawks.
Further north, check out Washington County Grasslands Wildlife Management Area, an Important Bird Area (IBA) that plays host to many grassland bird species, which are in sharp decline. Birders here will observe snowy owls, threatened northern harriers and upland sandpipers, and snow buntings during the winter months.
Read more stories about birds at the New York Almanack here.