I have a little NY State Bird guide that I bought, so I could identify birds when my husband and I go hiking (I pretty much have the mammals down pat). So many pages said that the best bet for viewing was Montezuma Wildlife Refuge. So, when my husband and I decided to go to Syracuse for the weekend, we figured we'd go to check it out, since it was about an hour away from where we were staying. The park is spread out all over the place, so be sure to check in with the visitor's center...they're very friendly, and will tell you about the various viewing spots and trails. We had just missed the spring migration - thousands of snow geese, apparently. And, the main pool was drained, but we still saw a lot. At least 15 Great Blue Herons, tons of red wing blackbirds, robins, tree swallows...also a yellow warbler, barn swallows, hawks, blue jays, goldfinches, redhead ducks, tons of Canada geese, some grebes....a muskrat, turtles, and tons of carp. And this was on a "slow day". Be sure to check out the bald eagle nest - we got to see the babies (BIG babies!) - it's by the marina. There are a few trails around. I only wish I knew of any places to picnic around there, because we took our time, and did most of the trails, so it took most of the day for us. Although, it can be done in a few hours.
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