It has been a few years birding up north in the Adirondacks so when the idea began floating around leading to a discussion with my friend Joe Giunta, I was all psyched to do a trip with him. My first trip to the Adirondack was with Joe Giunta in 2010 so it was only fitting that I was returning after a few years of not enjoying any northern birding. Our trip did not get off to such a great start, dipping on a state bird (more on that in another post) which we worked into our trip. Nevertheless, we kept up our spirits and by 3:00 p.m. began our first bit of northern birding in Keene Valley. We thought we might have lucked out with one of our target birds, when a flock of Waxwings popped into view but after pulling over and carefully studying them we were satisfied they were all Cedar Waxwings. Nice to see but they were not the Bohemian Waxwings we wanted. We decided to check in to our hotel and then to hit Bigelow Bog before the light faded. After checking in, we drove to our parking spot near our rooms and heard Pine Siskins. We scanned the nearby Cedars and picked up a mixed flock of Pine Siskins, Purple Finches and American Goldfinches. Nice birds to get anywhere and it lifted our mood.
Once our travel gear was off loaded, we were back on the trails again at Bigelow Bog. We immediately picked up a few Purple Finches but the rest of the way, it was quiet; the icy conditions made it quite a treacherous walk so we did not get too far in on the trail. With light fading, we called it a day and headed for dinner. We had gone 0 for 3 but kept our spirits up. Dinner at Nonna Fina was nothing to write home about. Joe seemed satisfied but I had a hard time putting away the "Personal Pizza" we shared.
We were up early, had a quick breakfast, checked out and hit the road. We had decided to try Sabattis Bog again after deciding to adjust our plan to once again make a run at the rare bird we had dipped on during our inbound ride up north. Sabattis Bog, again proved to be tough for us but with time running out on we managed to pull out Red Crossbills. It wasn't easy leaving but we had to finally bid the Adirondacks farewell. As with any trip up north, you head there with a target list of birds and hope to get as many as you could. We had missed a few but neither of us were complaining, we had a couple of nice days birding up north, met some very nice people and we did see some neat birds. The trip in my opinion was a success. Next stop Ulster County.
Tags: Bohemian Waxwing, Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay, Adirondacks NY