Note: This field trip was sponsored
by the Rochester Birding Association, a NYSYBC Partner
Club. Many thanks especially to Lynn Bergmeyer and Bob Spahn of RBA, for planning and leading a wonderful trip!
Middle Falls Overlook
photo by Carena Pooth
We began our journey with a flock of Cedar Waxwings. Oddly an Alder Flycatcher and a Willow Flycatcher were singing at the same time, this was unusual because they are generally in different habitats in the park. We saw a handful of Indigo Buntings, male and female. We spent time observing a female Oriole on a power line and a Turkey Vulture perching in a tree and spreading his wings. At Wolf Creek we followed a Louisiana Waterthrush along the creek, only catching a glimpse. Greg found 3 salamanders, we think they were a Blue-spotted, an Allegheny Mountain Dusky, and a Northern Slimy Salamander. We watched an immature Bald Eagle flying over the trees by the gorge. We saw two nests by Wolf Creek, one of an Alder Flycatcher.
Many thanks to Bob, Lynn, Carena and Herb. It was an incredible experience!
Greg Lawrence and Rachel Smith
Great Blue Heron
Great Crested Flycatcher
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
* First time seen on a NYSYBC trip
Species Total: 73