Oil City Road

Pine Island, New York

Rusty Blackbirds (1–5) and Brewer’s Blackbirds (5 and 6), from “Bird lore” (1899), Biodiversity Heritage Library

 

There are several spots for birding on Oil City Road in Pine Island (NYS e-Bird hotspots), 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!