Livingston County’s Genesee River, lush forests and tracts of rolling grasslands make it a great place to watch birds in any season.
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TOTAL TIME TO DO THE TRAIL: One day.
Nations Road, Geneseo
The infrequently mowed fields along Nation’s Road from Avon to Geneseo protect the survival of grassland birds, such as meadowlarks, red-winged blackbirds, bobolinks, and sparrows.
A drive on River Road is likely to turn up hawks, kestrels, shrikes, short-eared owls, ring-necked pheasants, horned larks, snow buntings, Lapland longspurs, bobolinks and savannah and grasshopper sparrows.
Letchworth State Park
Turkey vultures, chimney swifts, and other swallows are regularly seen in the gorge during the warm months, though birds can be seen year round.
Hemlock & Canadice Lakes
Hemlock Lake was famous in the 1970s for hosting the last “wild” bald eagle nest in the state. Their descendants continue to nest here. Canadice’s undeveloped shoreline is home to many birds.
Conesus Lake Inlet
The swampy areas surrounding Conesus Lake’s southern inlet (south of Sliker Hill Road and north of Guiltner Road) attract many good birds.
Doran Road in Lima
Located east of downtown Lima, Doran Road is a favorite place to watch short-eared owls and northern harrier hawks hunt for prey over open fields.
Genesee Valley Greenway
The Genesee River runs parallel to this trail, providing a natural migration route for songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, and others. The trail is most alive with birds in spring, early summer and fall.
For More Information Contact: Livingston County Chamber of Commerce, 585-243-2222.