Wolf Brook Multiple Use Area and Neversink Gorge

This morning, Scott Baldinger, Gordon and Lori Lam and I hiked in the Wolf Brook Multiple Use Area and on into the Neversink Gorge Unique Area out to Katrina Falls Road. This is a hike of 6.6 miles and is a combination of beautiful scenery and abundant birds. As you start out along the power lines you encounter many species of edge habitat. Yellow Warblers, Gray Catbirds, Indigo Bunting, Field Sparrow, Common Yellowthroat, Eastern Towhee, Prairie Warbler and much more. As you enter the forest at the end of the road it changes to mature Oak/Pine forest with a Mountain Laurel understory. Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Blue, Hooded and Magnolia Warblers as well as Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Wood Thrush, Veery, Red-eyed Vireo and more can be found. Half way down the ridge, you begin to encounter more pine and hemlock. At this point Blackburnian, Black-throated Green and Canada Warbler start to dominate. Along the brooks, Louisiana Waterthrush can be seen and heard. A bit farther down, closer to the river, Hermit Thrush are heard singing. This is a fabulous hike overall for birder or naturalist. It took us four hours to complete, but we were very preoccupied with the birds. We ended the morning with 47 species including 16 species of warbler. All of the birds seen today were breeding species, for the first time since migration began, we didn’t have a single migrant today.

Scott Baldinger and Gordon Lam at the falls.

Scott Baldinger and Gordon Lam at the falls.

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