More than half of the tail is elevated boardwalk which connects to a gravel trail to take you through evergreen plantations, marsh and forested wetlands for unique encounters. Interpretive panels along the way tell of some of the more common residents in the marsh. During the spring and summer this trail is one of the better spots on the refuge to find warblers. Other birds include waterfowl, red-winged blackbirds, great blue heron and piliated woodpeckers.
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Over the years, two pairs of bald eagles have established nest sites on the refuge. Eagles start nesting behavior in January and continue until eaglets fledge in July. Eagles stay on or near the refuge for most of the year, leaving only to find open water in winter or in times of drought. When visiting Cayuga Overlook, the eagles are likely to be observed flying above.