Slide Mountain – Bicknell’s Thrush yes!

Blackpoll Warblers were common on the mountain top, many pairs seen.

Blackpoll Warblers were common on the mountain top, many pairs seen.


This morning I traveled to Ulster County to hike up Slide Mountain. This is always a great place to bird, though it is a strenuous hike. The parking lot at the trail head is at approximately 2,000 feet. The trail is very steep and in its 2.7 miles reaches just over 4,000 feet. That’s quite a hike. It is always very productive as far as birds go. In the lower areas of the trail, Hermit Thrush, Red-eyed Vireo, Black-throated Blue and Green Warblers, American Redstart and Ovenbirds can be seen and heard. As you move higher, Blackburnian Warblers and Dark-eyed Juncos are very common. Today I had a Winer Wren too. Once you reach the last third of the hike, White-throated Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, Blackburnian Warblers are common. One of the specialty birds of the area are BLACKPOLL WARBLERS. I had at least a dozen of the beautiful warblers today. Near the very top, start listening and looking for BICKNELL’S THRUSH! They are in the dense spruce that cover the top of the mountain. I had been at the top and searching for about an hour when I heard the distinctive song of the Bicknell’s Thrush! I tried in vain to get a good look and photograph of this bird. I remained with it for over an hour. It moved several times during that time, and resumed singing from its new spot. Glimpses were all I had. The view today was amazing! You could see the mountains both northeast of the top and south of the top. It was a great (yet exhausting) day!
The views were spectacular!

The views were spectacular!


The Ashokan Reservoir from the top.

The Ashokan Reservoir from the top.

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