Birds In & Around St. Lawrence County

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Where to Watch

Black Lake – Fish Creek Marsh Wildlife Management Area (WMA)

is a boat access location.  Look for marshbirds, songbirds, and waterfowl such as

  • American Bittern
  • Bald Eagle
  • Cerulean Warblers
  • Golden-winged Warblers
  • Grouse
  • Loon
  • Northern Harrier
  • Osprey
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Sedge Wrens
  • Whippoorwill
  • Wild Turkey

Canton – Upper and Lower Lakes WMA and the Indian Creek Nature Center, part of the Lisbon Grasslands Important Birding Area (IBA),

located off County Route 14, has nature trails on mostly private land accessed through managed areas.  Handicapped accessible.  Look for

  • American Bittern
  • Black Tern
  • Least Bittern
  • LeConte’s Sharp-Tailed Sparrows
  • Nelson’s Sharp-Tailed Sparrows
  • Northern Harrier
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Sedge Wrens

Gale – The Massawepie Mire IBA

located on Route 3.  Private campsites available in the spring and fall only, operated by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.  Look for

  • Palm Warblers
  • Spruce Grouse

Massena – Hawkins Point Visitors’ Center across from the Robert Moses Power Dam

is a significant wintering area and has great views during migration.  Look for

  • Migratory birds (15-20 species)
  • Raptors, including Bald Eagles and Osprey
  • Shore birds
  • Songbirds
  • Wading birds
  • Waterfowl

Massena – Wilson Hill WMA

accessed from Route 131 off Route 37 just south of Massena, has trails and water access from which to see

  • Raptors such as Eagles and Osprey
  • Shore birds
  • Songbirds
  • Wading birds
  • Migrating and nesting waterfowl such as dabbling ducks, diving ducks and geese.

Morristown – The Jacques Cartier State Park, part of the Upper St. Lawrence / 1000 Islands IBA

is a great spot for viewing waterfowl, wintering areas, and migratory birds.

Tooley Pond Tract

Waterfowl inhabit the region. Sights of osprey, common loon, bald eagle and a variety of perching birds including warblers and flycatchers are commonly seen.

Waddington — Coles Creek State Park

is another great site for viewing Bald Eagles, Osprey and migratory birds.  Also a good spot to access the St. Lawrence River and head south toward Sparrowhawk Point, home to more than 3,000 nesting pairs of Bank Swallows, one of the largest colonies in the world.

Other Helpful Links:

Birding Map

Birding the Seaway Trail

Birding in St. Lawrence County

Where to Find Birds in St. Lawrence County

Recent Bird Sightings in Northern NY


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