Point Au Roche State Park

On Friday May 22nd I went birding in the Point Au Roche New York state park. The park is located north of Plattsburgh and east of Chazy. The park is situated out on a small peninsula on Lake Champlain. The park is primarily composed of mixed deciduous forest, small wetlands and some developed areas including fields and a beach. The weather was fantastic. There was hardly a cloud in the sky and the temperature rose from the lows 60s when I started at 7:20 am to the upper 70s by the time I finished. It was also a pretty good day in terms of birding as I was able to encounter several new species.

I started off the day by picking my way down into a wetland. I spotted and heard a pair of Great Crested Flycatchers. The way in which the wetland was situated made it difficult to get close to them but I was able to observe them from a distance. I then worked my way down onto Long Point. This is a small peninsula which juts off of the main peninsula. The perimeter of the point was made up of primarily Northern White Cedars. Working inwards it transitioned to a mixture of young deciduous trees and open shrub land. I didn't have much luck on the perimeter as the wind and waves crashing into the shore made it difficult to pinpoint any vocalizations. In the interior of the point however I came across several new species. I heard then saw a Brown Thrasher which was really cool. I also spotted a Black-throated Blue Warbler. I then worked my way back to the main peninsula.

I then drove over to the main campground area which included an open beach as well as several large cleared fields and parking lots. The forest habitat was predominately a young mixed deciduous forest though the area was a bit swampy. Again along the lake edge there were numerous Northern White Cedar. Right off the bat as I exited the parking lot I saw a group of Tree Swallows. Intermixed with the Tree Swallows were a couple of Barn Swallows which was a new species. I worked my way into the forest and came across another new species. I bushwhacked off of a trail into an open clearing and heard a Black-and-white Warbler. I was eventually able to spot him in the tree. I was able to get a recording but the angle of the sun and the foliage made a picture difficult. Returning to the beach and open area I was working my way down the small sandy beach when I spotted a group of Semipalmated Plovers. I was super excited to spot them as I have not had much luck with shorebirds this past week. All in all it was quite a rewarding way to wrap up the week of birding.

Anotado por tsshafer tsshafer, mayo 23, sábado 00:13

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Carpintero Velloso-Menor Dryobates pubescens

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Pato de Collar Anas platyrhynchos

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Garza Morena Ardea herodias

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Tordo Sargento Agelaius phoeniceus

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Papamoscas Viajero Myiarchus crinitus

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Cardenal Rojo Cardinalis cardinalis

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Calandria de Baltimore Icterus galbula

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Tordo Sargento Agelaius phoeniceus

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Maullador Gris Dumetella carolinensis

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Cormorán Orejón Phalacrocorax auritus

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Zanate Norteño Quiscalus quiscula

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Cuitlacoche Rojizo Toxostoma rufum

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Chipe Azulnegro Setophaga caerulescens

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Chipe Amarillo Setophaga petechia

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Tirano Dorso Negro Tyrannus tyrannus

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Mergo Mayor Mergus merganser

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Gorrión Cantor Melospiza melodia

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Tordo Cabeza Café Molothrus ater

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Golondrina Bicolor Tachycineta bicolor

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Chorlo Semipalmeado Charadrius semipalmatus

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Gaviota Plateada Larus argentatus

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Gorrión Europeo Passer domesticus

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Chipe Trepador Mniotilta varia

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Mascarita Común Geothlypis trichas

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Cuervo Norteamericano Corvus brachyrhynchos

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Mirlo Primavera Turdus migratorius

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Jilguerito Canario Spinus tristis

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Golondrina Tijereta Hirundo rustica

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Vireo Ojos Rojos Vireo olivaceus

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Mayo 22, 2020

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Papamoscas Fibí Sayornis phoebe

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Mayo 22, 2020

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