While a visit to Fort Ticonderoga is usually aimed at understanding American history, the fort’s grounds can be excellent for birding. Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, and Baltimore Orioles breed in the forests and field edges, as well as a variety of other species.
How to get there
From the intersection of Routes 9N, 74, and 22 in Ticonderoga, follow 22/74 east for 1.6 miles. Turn left to stay on Route 74 and continue 0.5 miles to the fort entrance.
The area is best in spring and fall migration when the brushy edges of the fields and woods can hold large mixed flocks of migrating warblers and other songbirds. Be sure to also keep an eye open for migrating raptors moving through the area in spring and fall. This is also a known location for cuckoos, including Yellow-billed Cuckoo.