Oil City Road

Pine Island, New York

Black Tern, from “Coloured illustrations of British birds, and their eggs” 1842, Biodiversity Heritage Library

There are several spots for birding on Oil City Road in Pine Island, including Liberty Marsh and the Winding Waters Trail on the 6000-acre Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge.

The various habitats of the refuge—swamp/marsh, floodplain forest, grassland, shrubland, and, of course, the river—host migrating and breeding waterfowl (29 species), shorebirds, grassland birds, raptors (including Golden Eagles, Bald Eagles, and Broad-wing Hawks), and woodland birds. More than 260 species have been recorded on the refuge. In June 2017, birders were treated to a visiting Black Tern!

August 2019: Be aware that it has been confirmed that Liberty Lane (the unpaved road across Oil City Road from the Liberty Loop platform) is privately owned and is OFF LIMITS to birders. The right of way is for use only by refuge staff, to access refuge property across from Liberty Loop.