Ironwood Drive

Tuxedo Park, New York

Black-billed Cuckoo and Yellow-billed Cuckoo, from “Birds of America” (1923), Biodiversity Heritage Library

 

The Ironwood Drive area is part of Sterling Forest State Park (NYS e-Bird hotspot), which is an Audubon Important Bird Area. Ironwood Drive dead-ends at a power line cut and offers access to the Sterling Valley Loop trail.

As you head down Ironwood Drive toward the cul-de-sac, listen for Worm-eating and Cerulean Warblers. After parking, wander the power line cut to look for Golden-winged  and Blue-winged warblers, and their hybrids: “Brewster’s” and “Lawrence’s” warblers. Chats have been known to visit, and cuckoos are present. Nearly 150 species of birds can been observed in the the area of Ironwood Drive, depending on the season.

Be sure to visit the Sterling Forest State Park visitor center, which is a few miles down Long Meadow Road, on Sterling Lake.