Birding Locations in the SAAS Chapter Area
These birding spots are all within the Southern Adirondack Audubon’s locale of Warren, Washington, and Saratoga Counties in northern New York State. Site write-ups include a description, directions, and pictures.
Betar Byway & the SGF Beach Bikeway Extension
This area includes a 1.9 mile (one-way) trail in South Glens Falls along the Hudson River including mixed woods, riverfront, wetland, and beach.
Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail
This two-mile trail follows an abandoned railway through open marsh, wet meadow, and forested wetland habitats in the Town of Saratoga.
Carters Pond Bird Conservation Area
This complex includes a one mile nature trail, a pond open to motorless boats, and a marsh overlook structure in the Town of Greenwich, Washington County. There is open water, emergent marsh, wooded swamp, shrub wetlands, forests, old fields, grasslands, and shrubland.
The Denton Wildlife Sanctuary
Hudson River frontage and a network of land trails in varied habitats will assure a variety of species in most every season.
The Grasslands of Washington County
This vast open grassland and agricultural complex is comprised of both private land and almost 500 acres purchased and protected by New York State as the Washington County Grasslands Wildlife Management area. Birders visit in winter for raptors and in summer for grassland breeding birds.
Hudson Crossing Park
This park located in Schuylerville offers a system of trails, a picnic area, and access to both the Champlain Canal and the Hudson River. Diverse habitats of riverfront, open fields, and wooded trails support a wide array of bird species.
Spring Run Trail
This paved level trail in the City of Saratoga Springs has diverse habitat and supports a wide variety of bird species.Hudson
Hudson Falls Towpath Road
Four miles of varied habitat that offers great birding in any season
Nestbox plans for American Kestrel can be found here, and dimensions for other species here. Cornell’s website, All About Birds, has a wealth of information about attracting birds to your yard and garden.
The list of bird species found within our chapter area grows each season. Recent additions include Ruff, Kentucky Warbler and Little Gull. Will you be the next to add to the list? Check out the complete species list here!
If you find those winter raptors troublesome to identify, try this page to help sort them out! Photos courtesy of Gordie Ellmers and descriptions of flight behavior will aid in helping you learn to identify even the most difficult ones.
For more bird ID assistance, download the Carrier Guide to Hawk ID and this Grasslands Birds handout.
Capital District Bird Finding Calendar
Courtesy of Tom Williams
Compiled for the Capital District (Albany area), download this calendar to know which species are found locally year-round, which are migrants, and when you can expect to see them. Thanks, Tom, for creating this great resource!