I and at least eight other birders tried for the Brewster's and Golden-winged 
Warbler along the power line trail at Ironwood Road.  We took the trail north 
of the parking lot.  I don't know if anyone went south.

Park here:  41.234766, -74.237734.

To get to the trail going north you have to walk out the south end of the 
parking lot, then loop around to the west and north.  Cross the stream.  When 
you leave the woods and head north you will cross over two small hills.  The 
first one is quite steep, the second not.  Start looking after the second hill 
and before you get to the third hill, which is really tall.  I've been told you 
can keep on going past that.

I encountered the Brewster's between the second and third hills.  However, I 
didn't get a very satisfying look and no good photo.  This was around 8:00 or 
8:30.  Another birder and I saw the Golden-winged in about the same spot thirty 
minutes later.

Both birds were elusive and frustrating.  I don't think anyone saw either bird 
after that.  I left about 10:30 and don't know what happened after that. 

 Prairie Warblers are abundant.

Bob Lewis
Sleepy Hollow NY

On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 9:13:27 AM EDT, CobyNomi Klein <dobyn...@gmail.com> 

Sterling Forest was eerily quiet yesterday. I've never seen the place that 
empty, of birds and people. I still ended up seeing 55 species, including 14 
warbler species ,(I've never been so disappointed with such a high count). 
There was one golden-wing at the base of the hill, heading north on the power 
line trail at the end of Ironwood Dr. Further north, up the hill was a 
Brewster's warbler singing his little heart out. In fact, I saw more Brewster's 
warblers yesterday than I did golden-wings, one on the power line trail and one 
on the rifle range trail on the east side of Long Meadow Rd. And what's really 
amazing is that I'm fairly certain those are the exact same Brewster's I saw, 
in those exact same spots, singing the same unusual songs,  the last time I was 
there, 2 YEARS AGO! 

The other thing that struck me was that the golden-wings are going to be in 
trouble there and for once the culprits aren't humans. It's the beavers. 
They've dammed up the stream that runs through the swamp at the bottom of the 
hill on the east side of the power line trail (as you head north), creating an 
enormous pond and inundating a large tract of golden-wing nesting habitat. 
Beaver ponds that drowned warbler habitat at the rifle range and Blue Lake have 
been recently drained and the tussock sedge that the warblers nest in has 
regrown, but the beavers cut down so many trees and drowned so many others. The 
golden-wings (in Sterling Forest at least) like their nests to be in swamp 
forest not open swamp so I don't know if they are going to be able to move back 
in. It's hard times for everyone these days. 

C. Klein


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