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Bayard Cutting Arboretum
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Bayard Cutting Arboretum © pshutterbug / CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Great River, New York
Bayard Cutting Arboretum © Christine from L.I. / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
The Manor at Bayard Cutting Arboretum, rear view from the Great Lawn, in the evening.
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Bayard Cutting Arboretum © Bellbird190 / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
The long driveway that leads to the house passes through this arch.
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440 Montauk Highway
Great River, New York   11739
(lat:40.7356 lon:-73.1625) map location

Phone: 631-581-1002
With 691 acres situated on the picturesque Connetquot River, Bayard Cutting Arboretum fulfills Ms. James' wishes in fine style. Visitors can learn about the value and appearance of planned, but informal plantings on a country estate. Or they can merely enjoy the serenity of a walk among the trees of the pinetum or among the rhododendrons. Most trees are labeled so that visitors can learn how they might appear in their landscape at home. The Bayard Cutting Horticultural Club offers programs that add to the educational value of the place.

The estate mansion is maintained in its original style with furnishings typical of the estate era. Guided tours of the mansion are available seasonally. A caf on the first floor offers light luncheon with a stunning view over the great lawn of the Connetquot River. Formal teas are offered and can be arranged by reservation. Historical retrospective photo exhibits in the mansion show that Westbrook was once a well known dairy farm producing glass-bottled milk for sale in local markets. One of the original barns remains in the farm area of the arboretum.

It's a wonderful place to relax, read a book, and experience the peace and serenity of estate living in the 1920s and '30s.

Bayard Cutting Arboretum in New York offers a variety of birding options for enthusiasts and beginners alike. The arboretum is home to diverse species, making it an ideal spot for bird watching throughout the year.

The park's extensive trail system allows visitors to explore different habitats such as woodlands, meadows, wetlands and riverfront areas where various birds reside. These trails are well-maintained and marked with signs providing information about the local flora and fauna.

Birders can expect sightings of songbirds like warblers during spring migration season while waterfowl including ducks become more prominent in winter months along Connetquot River that runs through the property. Other common residents include hawks, owls, herons among others which could be spotted all-year round depending on their nesting habits.

For those interested in guided tours or group activities related to birdwatching; Bayard Cutting Arboretum occasionally hosts events led by experienced naturalists who provide insights into avian behavior patterns & identification techniques.

Additionally there are benches scattered across key viewing points within this 690-acre state park allowing leisurely observation sessions at your own pace without disturbing wildlife habitat around you.

Remember binoculars would enhance your experience significantly when trying to identify smaller or distant birds from afar!

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