This site is administered by the NYS DEC and includes a hardwood
swamp with beaver ponds, upland woods, fields, brush, and marsh
habitats.

Ornithological Summary

The mix of habitats support many at-risk species, including the Piedbilled
Grebe (four plus pairs), American Bittern (breeder), Least Bittern
(present and presumed breeding), Osprey (bred in 2001, probably
still breeding), Northern Harrier (one pair), Sharp-shinned Hawk
(present), Cooper?s Hawk (breeds), Red-shouldered Hawk (breeds),
American Woodcock (common), Common Nighthawk (present),
Red-headed Woodpecker (confirmed breeding in late 1990?s), Willow
Flycatcher (common), Sedge Wren (sings in some years but doesn?t
persist), Wood Thrush (common), Blue-winged Warbler (present),
Golden-winged Warbler (historically present), Cerulean Warbler
(breeds, seven individuals in 1997, an estimated 10 plus pairs in 2004),
Prothonotary Warbler (at least two pairs), Grasshopper Sparrow
(present in 2004), and Henslow?s Sparrow (not found since late 1990s).
The area also has a Great Blue Heron rookery (50 plus nests), and
breeding Green Herons, Virginia Rails, Soras, Common Moorhens (at
least three pairs), and a significant fall concentration of Wood Ducks
(2,590 in 1996). The amount of Wood Duck habitat has increased in
recent years and the numbers of individuals using this site may have
also increased.

Conservation Issues

This site is listed in the 2002 State Open Space Conservation Plan as
a priority site under the project name North Shore of Oneida Lake.
Local residents removed a beaver dam in one area, which resulted in a
decreased amount of active wetlands. The fields should be mowed to
maintain grassland bird habitat. Cerulean Warblers use very mature
white oaks, yet the forest understory consists primarily of maple trees.
Inventory and monitoring of at-risk species should continue.

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