Spring is an ideal time to observe bird migrations. New York is conveniently located along the Atlantic Flyway, one of the main migration routes. This gives you a great opportunity to observe birds flying to their summer breeding grounds.
Grab your binoculars and check out one of these hot spots:
- Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Cayuga, Seneca, Wayne counties – a stopover for many species of ducks who are headed farther north. You can see shorebirds, raptors, waterfowl, and songbirds at this WMA.
- Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, Cayuga and Seneca counties – an endless list of birds can be seen here.
- Braddock Bay WMA, Monroe County – find waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds.
- Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Genesee and Orleans counties – see many species of waterfowl.
- Derby Hill Bird Observatory, Oswego County – known for migrating hawks.
- Bashakill WMA, Orange County – view hawks, marshbirds, and waterfowl.
- Central Park, NYC – see warblers, in addition to many other species.
Check out the BirdCast website for maps of bird migration forecasts, local alerts, and migration activity in real-time.
Photo of bird watchers courtesy DEC.