Parker Nature Preserve is just east of Bath, NY.
It consists of some 200 acres of woods, fields (short grass and brush), wild pasture land and some rolling hills. There are a few hiker trails for access into some good birding territory. It is land donated to the Preservation Society and they maintain a parking area and do some mowing at the entrance area.
Species are ones common to northeast: robins, sparrows, chickadees, jays, cardinals
and also migratory ones: canadian geese, tennessee warbler, flycatchers, red starts.
Bring your binoculars, water and food (no facilities at the site), and appropriate clothing.
In spring, it is very muddy and mushy, so wear boots.
to get there:
I-86 exit 39, north on Babcock Hollow Road to route 415. go east on route 415 to connect to Telegraph Road. continue east on Telegraph Road to Velie Road; go north on Velie and look for park signs.
This may only be of interest to you if you are a Roman Catholic.
We went to church while on vacation in Bath, NY. There was only one Catholic church in the area and it is served by a "roaming" priest. These smaller communities do not have enough parishoners to require a full-time priest, so one priest services several districts, "roaming" from church to church depending on the needs of each area.
This church was actually run by a deacon and his lay-council. They determine church events and organize all the support the parishioners need; petitioning the diocese for funds when necessary.
ANYWAY..... getting to the point; we were in church and the deacon saw us come in and knew we were not regulars. So he came up to us and began a conversation. Turns out he used to be a disc-jockey for one of the radio stations in Rochester where we live. He used to live in the neighborhood of some of our friends. SMALL WORLD AIN'T IT.
During mass this church has a custom which I had not seen/heard before at mass. At the Offering part of the Mass, the deacon gets up and asks the congregation if their are any special petitions that they would like to ask God to mind. The congregation members then shout out their requests and the Mass continues.
location is: 32 East Morris Street, Bath, NY