Another long day yesterday as we travelled from Niagara Falls east to Albany, our overnight stop and departure point for Phil & Carolyn. Our only birding along the route was at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge – a fabulous wetland just off the I 90. The reserve, which is accessed via a wildlife drive with several stopping-off points, produced a good variety of species including three much needed trip ticks: Pintail, Black Tern and the elusive Marsh Wren. We spent three very productive hours there – and could have spent many more. As our hotel in Niagara Falls was only half a mile from the border it meant that practically all the birds seen on route were additions to our New York State list. Today we are off to the coast at Old Orchard Beach, south of Portland. It’s been great having Phil & Carolyn along with us – we wish them a safe and speedy return to the UK.