Best place for bird watching in the Finger Lakes
The Finger Lakes region has long been a favorite place for bird watching. A variety of water fowl and backyard varieties combined with great natural settings make for a day of great fun. Here is what our area innkeepers have to recommend for the best place for bird watching in the Finger Lakes region.
Finger Lakes B&B's - The best place for bird watching is near the window of almost any Bed and Breakfast in the area. My guests and I have spent time during breakfast identifying the various birds that feed off of our birdfeeders hanging right outside the windows. We have Hairy Woodpeckers, Tufted Titmice, pairs of Cardinals, White-Breasted Nuthatches, Chickadees, Blue Jays and a few more we have yet to identify. In the summer, there are also plenty of Hummingbirds. It's warm and there's gourmet breakfast. A very civilized way to watch birds, especially in the winter. When you call a B&B, ask if they have an active bird feeder. ~ Sheryl Mordini - 1795 Acorn Inn
Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary and Cornell Ornithology Lab - This place is amazing. There are trails to be walked which are well covered with mulch and some are elevated so you can stay clean. You can even bird watch from inside the lab where there are spotting scopes and sound systems that pipe in the sounds of the birds from outside. If you like birds, you can't help but be amazed by what there is here. Located off Rt 13 in Ithaca on the South end of Cayuga Lake. ~ Steve and Kathy Wirt - Wine Country Cabins B&B
Taughannock Falls State Park - Avid birders might want to try Taughannock Falls State Park where members of the Cornell Birding Club have convened to observe the loons. The park is located on the Southwest side of Cayuga Lake. The woods and waterways of the Finger Lakes offer spectacular opportunities for bird watching. For instance, Seneca Lake seems to be a migratory path for many common and not so common birds. We have observed Loons, Blue Herons, Osprey, and Bufflehead ducks along the shoreline. ~ Bob and Barb Schiesser - Sunrise Landing Bed and Breakfast
Hi-Tor Wildlife Management Area - You can hike it, mountain bike it or canoe parts of it. You will find any section of Hi-Tor filled with sights and sounds of local birds and wildlife as you enjoy the area's beauty no matter what time of year. Located on Route 245 in Naples at the South end of Canandaigua Lake. ~ Al and Nancy - Gorham House Bed & Breakfast
Recommendations made 2/17/05
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