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Black Creek Marsh Bird Conservation Area

Black Creek Marsh BCA consists primarily of wetland communities, such as emergent marsh and silver maple-ash swamp, as well as small streams. Adjacent uplands include forest and successional old field habitats. As a result, this 450 acre site in Albany County supports a wide diversity of wetland and upland bird species. Several hundred acres which adjoin Black Creek Marsh to the south have been put into conservation easement and will remain a working farm. This site is part of Audubon's Black Creek Marsh Important Bird Area.

Waterfowl regularly breeding on Black Creek Wildlife Management Area include Canada goose, mallard, and wood duck. Several hundred waterfowl are seen during migration, including pied-billed grebe (threatened). Marsh habitats also support American bittern (special concern), least bittern (threatened), Virginia rail, and sora. Grassland birds including savannah sparrow, bobolink, eastern meadowlark, and American kestrel utilize the surrounding agricultural areas, although limited grassland habitat occurs on state property. Short-eared owls (endangered) have been observed during the winter. Black Creek Marsh offers foraging grounds for northern harrier (threatened) during migration. Rusty blackbird and common nighthawk (special concern) are also regularly seen during spring and fall migration. Early successional species found on the WMA include American woodcock, blue-winged warbler, prairie warbler, yellow warbler, common yellowthroat, chestnut-sided warbler, eastern towhee, alder flycatcher, willow flycatcher, black-billed cuckoo, and brown thrasher.

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