Shelter Island is just a short Ferry ride from the village of Greenport, NY is a great place to watch birds and for biking. Just a short walk up the hill from the North Ferry dock you will find a Mobil station which provides bicycle rentals. Shelter Island is ideal for biking and we recommend a visit to Mashomack Preserve as it is a nature lovers’ delight.
Mashomack Preserve is considered one of the richest habitats in the Northeast. The preserve contains 2,039 acres, which is about 1/3 of the island. Among the riches to be found are tidal creeks, oak woodlands, fields, and freshwater marshes. The preserve is often referred to as the “Jewel of the Peconic” and is edged in white by 10 miles of coastline. Mashomack Preserve is open 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., March through September, and 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. October through February.
For those seeking birds, you will not be disappointed. Many birds are year around residents of Shelter Island and the list is long. It includes Cedar Waxwing, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, American Goldfinch, Northern Cardinal, Mourning Dove, American Robin, House Finch, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, and Carolina Wren. Migrating birds throughout the Spring and Fall include Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Purple Finch, Indigo Bunting, Canada Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Palm Warble, Black-throated Green Warbler, and others. Lastly, there are the Summer visitors. They can be a mixed variety but Scarlet Tanager, Baltimore Oriole, Common Yellowthroat, Eastern Phoebe, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Great-crested Flycatcher, Black-and-white Warbler, Piping Plover, Least Tern, and Osprey. I think that covers the birds, but let us know if we missed any!
Make sure to put Shelter Island on your list of places to visit when you are enjoying Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast!