Date: 5/30/18 12:12 pm From: Robert Lewis <rfermat...> Subject: [nysbirds-l] Golden-winged Warblers at Ironwood Road
The previously reported Golden-wings can still be found at Ironwood Road, Orange County, but it is not easy.
The parking lot is here: 41.234666, -74.237770
I visited on May 29 and May 30. I talked to a number of other birders.
One can walk both north and south along the power lines. Going north, however, means you have to walk up a quite steep hill. I passed on that. Someone said if you do that and go half a mile you could find a Brewster's.
Going south, on the 29th a Golden-wing was reported here: 41.233091, -74.237365. That is just slightly south of the apartments, which you can see. I didn't see or hear anything there.
The best spot I found was a bit farther south. After going up over the first rocky hill, continue down hill a hundred fifty yards or so to a wet low area 41.230688, -74.236466. There are a lot of dead bushes or small trees. I found a Golden-wing apparently mated to a Blue-winged here, on the right. The Golden-winged was singing a Blue-winged song. I took two poor photos that I will post to the New York Birder's Facebook page.
I also heard a Blue-winged song close to the parking lot here: 41.234409, -74.238008.
Get there early. The birds have become secretive. There are also Prairie and Yellow warblers around.
I saw no sign of bears, but I did encounter two enormous snapping turtles at the start of the trail today. Almost stepped on one.
Bob LewisSleepy Hollow NY