Bird Trail

Birding is great in and around the Washington County Grasslands!  
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Located on the shore of southern Lake Champlain, this state boat launch offers prime wildlife viewing amidst scenic views of the lake and surrounding shore. This site provides great habitat for wading birds such as herons, bitterns and rails, are usually visible from shore. Common sightings include Great Blue Heron, American Bittern, Least Bittern, Kingfisher, Bald Eagle and Osprey. READ MORE...

For a leisurely scenic 8.5 mile paddle on the Hoosic River, put in at the Rensselaer Land Trust public boat launch and fishing access site and paddle downstream to the Johnsonville Dam. This is a great place to see Osprey, herons, kingfishers, muskrat, turtles, ducks, geese and and a variety of other birds. NOTE: Drop a car or bicycle off at the take out spot if you do not want to paddle back. READ MORE...

Located in the heart of the Washington County Grasslands, Little Theater on the Farm offers prime viewing for grassland birds practically year round. Short-eared Owls flock to the area in late fall or early winter and stay through until the end of March. This can be one of the best spots for getting close views of the owls when prey is abundant. READ MORE...

Nearly 300 acres of critical grassland habitat offers prime viewing for Short-eared owls, Northern harriers, Bobolinks, Eastern meadowlarks, Eastern bluebirds, Red-tailed hawks, Rough-legged Hawks, American kestrels and dozens of other bird species.  Flocks of Horned larks and Snow buntings can often be seen in winter, and Snowy owls are frequent winter visitors. READ MORE...

Lake Champlain’s South Bay offers some of the finest birding for shore and marsh species in the region! Migratory waterfowl flock to the lake in spring and fall. Osprey, Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Sandpipers and many other shorebirds are common. Open water or ice holes cut by fishermen near the public pier attract Bald Eagles in winter. Golden Eagle sightings are reported almost every year, usually during migration, although it’s the fortunate bird watcher who sees one. READ MORE...

Livingston Brook Heron Rookery on McDougall Lake Rd is a half mile long wetland formed by the Livingston Brook is located in the bucolic Battenkill Valley, less than half a mile from the Battenkill River. It is owned and protected by the Battenkill Conservancy. Nearly two dozen pair of Great Blue Herons build their nests in the dead pine trees that stand in the wetland. READ MORE...

Friends of the IBA’s Alfred Z. Solomon Grassland Bird Viewing Area is a premier destination for viewing wintering hawks and owls! Short-eared owls, Snowy owls and Rough-legged hawks are often seen; Red-tailed hawks hunt the fields year round. Spring brings the return of American kestrels, Eastern meadowlarks, Bobolinks, Eastern bluebirds and several of the grassland sparrows, as well as many common species such as Northern mockingbirds, Tree swallows and Common Yellowthroat. READ MORE...