Neversink Unique Area: Cold Spring Access

Wednesday I hiked into the Neversink Gorge via the Cold Spring Access Trail.  This is about a two mile hike, mostly down hill on the way in and uphill on the way out. I didn’t access the river, rather continuing along the ridge to see what I might find there.  It was a nice walk with many good birds.  One of the highlights of this area are the HOODED WARBLERS.  They can be difficult to see, but with a little effort, you will see them.  Yesterday I had five singing males with nice looks at a couple of them. I wasn’t able to get photos due to the density of the old growth forest combined with the dark overcast skies. You find many of the same species as you do in Wolf Brook, but the species swing toward more coniferous woodland species. Black-throated Green, Blackburnian and Magnolia Warblers more numerous in this area.  Ovenbirds and American Redstart are the most numerous species. Eastern Wood Pewees abound and I had an Acadian Flycatcher in its usual spot in a wet hemlock stand.  Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers abound.  It was a nice morning in a beautiful forest. Always be cautious of bears in this area.  They are present, though I didn’t see any yesterday, I almost always do on this hike.

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2 Responses to Neversink Unique Area: Cold Spring Access

  1. I guess it’s that time of year, John. I’ve been taking some hikes in the woods too, and although I find the birding is a little more challenging, I think it’s very rewarding. There is something about being out in the woods – just you and the birds – so that when you do see something it feels extra special. Thanks for posting.

  2. Thanks Matt, glad to hear your enjoying your experiences too! Its a chance to notice things you might not during the height of migration.

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