Many of our guests enjoy retreating into nature with a walk around the Inn at Lake Joseph, but no nature walk is complete without keeping an eye out for our locals that have a bird’s eye view on you.
Viewing birds in Upstate New York is a fun activity around the property and in the surrounding region, with 32 different species of birds on the property and more than 200 species at the Basha Kill Wildlife Refuge. There’s even a pair of eagles that nest on the lake on our grounds. Be sure to keep your eyes open for these two lovebirds!
The Basha Kill Wildlife Refuge spans 3,000 acres and is home to more than 220 species of birds and 30 varieties of fish. It is the largest freshwater wetland in Southeastern New York and offers exemplary wildlife viewing, fishing, hiking, and cross-country skiing opportunities. At the wetlands, you can see the great blue heron, least bittern, egrets, bald eagles, the common yellowthroat, catbirds, and too many more to list. You’ll also come across turtles, muskrats, otters, ducks, butterflies, and other forms of wildlife.
Other birding spots include the north end of the Mongaup Pond, along the Delaware River, and practically any body of water will draw in our birds. According to the Sullivan County Audubon Society, you’ll find swainson’s thrushes, winter wrens, and blackburnian warblers at the Mongaup Pond State Campsite. The Upper Delaware National Park welcomes more than 100 eagles each winter for better habitats and fishing. It’s estimated about 200 visit the river as a whole from mid-December to mid-March.
No matter what season you visit us, you’ll definitely spot a variety of birds near our property and on your adventures in the surrounding Catskills.