And the annual Hamilton County Birding Festival kicks off in mid June to celebrate the more than 100 special breeders in the park. Held at special habitats near the towns of Speculator, Lake Pleasant, Piseco and Morehouse, Blue Mountain Lake, Indian Lake, Long Lake, Raquette Lake and Inlet, to name a few, the festival features guided treks through a variety of bird habitats, including baldface peaks with alpine summits and subalpine forests, lowland bogs and fens, marshy rivers and streams, clear lakes ringed by pines and spruce, and the Lake Champlain valley.
Hamilton County is the third largest and least populated county in New York State. No wonder excellent birding is found here: 60% of the county is designated Wilderness or Wild Forest area and its mountains approach 4,000 feet. In addition, the county has a million acres of forest, 1,500 miles of rivers and streams and over 56,000 acres of lakes and ponds.
The Northern and High Peaks regions have great birding sites including Ferd’s Bog near Inlet, Madawaska Pond near Paul Smiths, and farther east towards Whiteface Mountain (north of Lake Placid). Also, the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area in northern Hamilton County.
The festival is sponsored by Hamilton County Department of Tourism and Audubon NY
Here is a list of birds you might get to see during this festival:
American Three-toed Woodpecker
Eastern Wood Pewee