Doodletown

Rockland County, New York

Prairie Warbler and Kentucky Warbler, from “The book of birds, common birds of town and country and American game birds” (1918), Cornell University Library

 

Doodletown, which is part of Bear Mountain State Park, was once an inhabited settlement (1762–1965) but is now abandonned. The meeting spot for Doodletown field trips is a small parking area on the east side of Route 9W north between Iona Island and the Bear Mountain circle.

Nearly 200 species of birds have been recorded at Doodletown. This spring migrant trap draws many species of wood warblers. Cerulean Warblers and Hooded Warblers nest here, and Kentucky Warblers have been known to stop for a day or two. Doodletown is an Audubon Important Bird Area.