I got out most mornings, and spent my time in the woods on the hills to the west of Lake George. Warblers were my main focus, and I found a reasonable selection. The commonest species were Black-throated Green Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Common Yellowthroat and Black-and-White Warbler. There were smaller numbers of Chestnut-sided Warbler, Canada Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler and Ovenbird. Other species were also present, every bird party had a healthy population of Black-capped Chickadee, and most had at least one Brown Creeper. Both Red-breasted Nuthatch and White-breasted Nuthatch were encountered regularly, the latter being more common. Tufted Titmouse were also common. The tapping of woodpeckers is heard everywhere here, with Hairy Woodpecker and Downy Woodpecker being equally common. Less common, but encountered daily were Pileated Woodpecker, a fantastic bird. Other birds included Broad-winged Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Cedar Waxwing, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Ruffed Grouse, Hermit Thrush, Eastern Wood Pewee and Scarlet Tanager
The area has many lakes, waterbirds included Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Common Loons and many Ring-billed Gulls.
Timber Rattlesnake, Crotalus horridus. Strange name for such a beautiful snake, not horrid at all! Found it crossing the road as we headed back from a hike.