Montezuma Birding (and Nature) Trail

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Birding in the Montezuma Wetlands Complex of Central New York

Wildlife Drive update as of 3/11/16

via Steve Benedict (Eaton Birding Society): 

"Just an FYI regarding some changes coming to the Wildlife Drive at MNWR." 

"Out on the section of the drive that parallels the Thruway, the work to open up sections of what has been referred to as the Dry Marsh is nearing completion.   In addition to many, many tons of muck that was dug and trucked away, creating lots of open water for waterfowl, the roadway itself has been raised 2-3 feet.   This will give us a better view of this area.   The ... road as of a week ago [was] getting the edges graded by pulling more muck up and filling in.  A pull off with a deck will be on the agenda soon, and as many know, a public scope in memory of Joe Slattery will be set on this deck.   A very exciting area to watch as it develops and matures.
"A new marsh area is nearly complete. This one is on the east side of the drive, just north of Larue's Lagoon.  Rumor has it that it will be called Seneca Flats.   Unfortunately, the recent high water flooded it before all the work was done, but it should be done soon.

"And the area near the start of the drive was over taken by the invasive swallow-wort, but last year there was an all out effort to eradicate this weed in that area, the soil is tilled, and new native plant seeds will be re-introduced (with both funding from the Friends, and also seeds collected by volunteers).   

"So it will be challenging to have the drive ready to open as planned on the 1st of April, with work still to be done, but we should all keep our eyes open for the critters that will come to explore the new habitat."

Plegadis Ibis at Railroad Road, Northern Montezuma, Sept. 2, 2011


 A Plegadis (Glossy/White-faced) Ibis takes wing in the east impoundment on the north side of Railroad Road in the Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area.  [Railroad Road runs east from Van Dyne Spoor Road to the Seneca River in SE Wayne County.  From the river end you can look north and see the D.E.C. office and buildings on Morgan Road.]


 Had the ibis not been seen flying into this vegetation, it would have remained undetected until it took off.

 Six Whimbrels at Montezuma NWR, May 27, 2011

  Three of the six Whimbrels in the shallows known as "Shorebird Flats" on the west side of the Wildlife Drive north of the photo blind...  Whimbrels, first reported May 26 by Doug Daniels and then Bob McGuire, average 17.5" long according to The Sibley's Guide to Birds.  (photo © Dave Spier)