Known initially as a wildflower hotspot, Whiskey Hollow is one of my favorite birding locations. The road measures less than 1.5 miles but shelters a wealth of breeding birds, especially warblers.
Birders started visiting in the late ’60s, and the local Audubon chapter has been sponsoring field trips since 1988. Except for a few parcels that are privately owned, much of the land belongs to the Central New York Land Trust, a private, membership-supported, nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of central New York’s rapidly diminishing natural areas. The land is open to anyone to explore.
In the block that includes Whiskey Hollow in the recent New York State Breeding Bird Atlas (2000-05), 85 species were listed as possible breeders; 58 species were eventually confirmed as breeders. On a recent walk in May, I counted 17 singing Mourning Warblers in an hour. — Joseph Brin
Joseph Brin is a retired music teacher from Baldwinsville. He leads field trips for the Onondaga Audubon Society and Beaver Lake Nature Center and writes a weekly Rare Bird Alert covering the five counties of greater Syracuse.