Alfred Z. Solomon Grassland Bird Viewing Area

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.



Amenities:  handicapped accessible parking area and viewing blind

Site is accessed from the East side of County Route 42 in the Town of Fort Edward.  The blind is sited atop a knoll that overlooks hundreds of acres of surrounding fields, with picturesque views of the hills to the east. Open Sunrise to Sunset!

This 14 acre parcel of critical grassland bird habitat in the core of the Washington County Grasslands was donated by Gerald and Joanne Loftus. 

Friends of the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area/ FIBA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit land trust working to protect endangered threatened and rapidly declining grassland birds and conserve their habitat.  We are an official steward of state lands in the Washington County Grasslands IBA.