Washington Grove in Cobbs Hill Park (Rochester, NY) – #35

Rose-breasted Grosbeak © Chuck Schleigh

Rose-breasted Grosbeak © Chuck Schleigh

HABITAT

Washington Grove is a mature forest with beautiful specimens of White, Red, and Black Oaks, Tulip, and Butternut. Black Cherry and Sassafras are in the subcanopy.

DIRECTIONS

The entrance to Cobbs Hill Park is on the north side of Highland Ave. about 200 yards east of the intersection of Highland Ave. and Monroe Ave. (NY 31). Drive up the hill to the reservoir and park in one of the designated parking spaces along the side of the road. Several trails leading down to Washington Grove will be on your right, on the far side of the lawn. Or from the intersection of Winton Road and Nunda Blvd. drive west on Nunda Blvd. until it dead ends at Washington Grove. No fees or permits are needed.

BIRDING OPPORTUNITIES

To see recent birding information go to http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspots and type in ‘Cobbs Hill Park’.

SUGGESTED ROUTE

There are many trails. Newcomers should walk the perimeter trail keeping forest on one side and the local neighborhoods or the elementary school or the water holding tanks on the other. Most other trails intersect the perimeter trail as spokes on a wheel and can be explored as one gets familiar.

REGULAR SPECIES

Resident Rochester-area forest-dwelling species, especially woodpeckers. Eastern Screech Owl and Barred Owl are regular.

SPECIALTIES

Washington Grove is known mostly as a spring migrant trap for vireos, kinglets, thrashers, warblers, tanagers, sparrows, grosbeaks, and Indigo Bunting. Best times are late April through May. Worm-eating Warbler has been spotted during the first third of May.

ACCESS AND RESTRICTIONS

Park on Nunda Blvd. or in designated parking spots along the road that leads up to the reservoir. Parking is handicapped accessible but Washington Grove is not handicapped accessible.

PRECAUTIONS

There are some steep trails. Mud is usually not a problem except in late winter, very early spring. Trails are generally too icy in winter for walking.

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