Mount Hope Cemetery is a Haven for Birds
Mt. Hope Cemetery is a haven for birds with its mixture of open grassy areas, magnificent mature trees, and thick brush. Some birds live here year round, others are here for the summer and go south for the winter, and many others pause and rest during migration before continuing their journey.
The spring migration is especially busy in western New York State. The following is a list of bird species seen during one birding trip to Mt. Hope in late May, 2014. Most of the warblers, of course, were just passing through on migration.
by Joanne Mitchell
Other birds often seen in Mt. Hope were not seen that day. For example, ducks are often seen in Sylvan Waters, and Turkey Vultures circle overhead. People have even reported seeing Wild Turkeys.
When you next stroll in Mt. Hope, learn the history, enjoy the landscape, admire the architecture, and take a moment to peer into the treetops and bushes to experience the wealth of birds sharing this space with you.