[Photo: The path overlooks the river for much of its length]
Late winter and early spring migration will bring Green-winged Teal, Common Goldeneye, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, both Hooded and Common Mergansers, and American Black Ducks as well as Mallards and Wood Ducks that remain to nest. Pied-billed, Horned and Red-necked Grebe, Spotted Sandpiper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, may be sighted during April and May. The spring migration period will find the woods harboring a large variety of songbirds – warblers in particular. To date, 23 species have been seen here, including Blackburnian, Blackpoll, Pine, Palm, Canada, Wilson’s, Magnolia, and Black-and-white Warblers. Also returning during this period are several species of vireos, flycatchers, and both Tree and Northern Rough-winged Swallows. Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat and American Redstart remain to nest and summer can be an interesting time to visit as well. The South Glens Falls Beach Bikeway Extension is a mixed oak and pine woods, and as expected, woodpeckers, creepers, titmouse, and chickadees are prevalent. Also sighted here in the past have been both Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s Hawks and several warbler species including Tennessee, Pine, Northern Parula, and Blackburnian.