Bloomingdale Bog Trail South
The Bloomingdale Bog Complex encompasses a wide area with a variety of habitats. The south entrance to the trail, located a little over a mile from the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake (parking area is marked on Rt. 86 by a dark cut out of a man on a tractor), takes birders along a marsh where Swamp Sparrows, Red-winged Blackbirds, and American Bitterns breed. Veeries can be heard singing along the brushy powerline edge and Pileated Woodpeckers and Belted Kingfishers are common. The area is excellent in late summer and early fall when large mixed flocks of warblers and other songbirds gather and feed in the shrubs which line the trail as the birds prepare to head south. The trail runs for about a mile through mixed forest before it reaches the south end of the bog itself where the boreal bird species are possible (see Bloomingdale Bog Trail North).
Bloomingdale Bog Trail North
The northern access point to the Bloomingdale Bog Trail is along Rt. 55 out of Bloomingdale and it puts birders directly into the boreal habitat of the bog itself. It is about a four mile walk one way from the northern access to the southern access. The boreal forest along the trail is excellent for Gray Jays and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, and both Boreal Chickadees and Black-backed Woodpeckers can be found there as well. The open bog plays host to breeding Palm Warblers and Lincoln’s Sparrows, and Olive-sided Flycatchers can sometimes be heard singing quick, three beers! in the distance. The bog also provides breeding habitats to a variety of warbler species and Nashville, Magnolia, and Yellow-rumped Warblers are common nesters. In winter, northern finches such as White-winged Crossbills can often be heard and seen flying overhead. About a mile south, the trail crosses Two Bridge Brook and a wetland where Common Yellowthroats, Song Sparrows, and Swamp Sparrows nest.
Read our blog post about A Birding Trip to Bloomingdale Bog.