Kathy & Myles Conway
It was a great trip. The weather was nice all weekend, with mostly sunny skies, warm temperatures during the days and a slight breeze in the afternoons. By the time we reached the Fort Edward grasslands on Sunday, it was actually hot.
Mosquitoes were as bad as we've seen them at the Massewepie Mire, but most of us wore head nets and long sleeves, so they weren't too annoying. A breeze kept them from bothering too much.
We added 4 birds to the total trip list, including 2 Sandhill Cranes north of Saranac Lake on the way to Bloomingdale Bog! We also heard 2 Cape May Warblers on a new trail we took.
We changed the itinerary a bit this year. Instead of going to Moose River Plains the first day, we started the trip by hiking on the Roosevelt Truck Trail, off of 28N north of North River. We continued to the Visitor Center in Newcomb, then the Northville-Lake Placid Trail near Long Lake (which we have done in the past), and finally the Shaw Pond marsh (3 Virginia Rails).
Saturday we followed the regular itinerary - Tupper Lake marsh (Cliff Swallow), en route to the Mire (Mourning Warbler), Massewepie Mire (2 American Bitterns, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Gray Jay, 12 Palm Warblers, Canada Warbler, and 6 Lincoln’s Sparrow), Bloomingdale Bog (Olive-sided Flycatcher). We skipped Floodwood Road.
Sunday we drove to Tupper Lake and had coffee and breakfast at the McD's there (decided Stewart's coffee was not worth even stopping). Enroute to Whiteface we stopped along Wilmington Notch to look for Peregrines along the cliffs there. Didn't get any, but did see 2 Spotted Sandpipers. We planned to get to Whiteface to drive up the highway as soon as the road opened at 8:45. The views at the top were amazing! Whenever we have been up there before it has been misty and cloudy, but on Sunday we could see for miles. Bicknell's was a life bird for some, and, after several attempts at trying to see it, and only hearing it, we got a great look at the last place we tried for it. We were all very pleased.
We continued to the grasslands near Fort Edward and added the usual species there, except no Grasshopper Sparrow this year. And no Orioles.