Monday, November 29, 2010

Stirling Silver Bog


Stirling Bog 11-18-10

The last leaves of autumn have fallen in the bog. Only a remnant cling stubbornly to the branches. In the fading light of autumn the silver trunks shimmer gold, but it is false color, for the bog has fallen silent with the temperature drop.


Two weeks ago I was at the bog when geese and ducks floated peacefully in its chilly waters.

Yesterday I went there to do my bird count and the bog was covered with a thin layer of ice. I counted 100 Mallards here on November 26th. Yesterday there was not a goose or duck in sight!

Still, I am seeing new birds at the bog with almost every visit. The bog has cast its spell over me with its silver stumps and silver water, cold and clear and now, stiff. I am wondering if the bog will freeze for good for the winter.  I am wondering if I have seen my last duck or goose here until spring. This is the benefit of doing a Site Survey for it lets us know over time how the bird populations change.

DSC_0055 There is a Red tail hawk that likes to hang out here at the bog.  I see it either perched or soaring almost every time I visit. It rests on a branch like a king on his throne but yesterday I watched as 4 crows mobbed the Red-tail as it soared across the bog.

DSC_0054Robins at the bog 11-18-10 

On November 18th when I went to count birds it was at the end  of the day.  The sun sets early now that we have switched to Eastern Standard Time. By 4:15 P.M. it is dark most days. With the darkness comes the cold and if I want to get out and see birds I must get up early and go out by noon. The sun does not wait for me to be ready!

DSC_0067 As the sun dropped lower in the sky a steady stream of crows came flying overhead.


DSC_0078 I counted wave after wave of birds, 50, 100, 200, and more!


They kept on coming in tattered lines and they never stopped coming. I counted 500 crows flying over the bog from southwest to northeast.


I finally gave up but continued to watch crows streaming across the pink laced sky as I walked home.

My World Tuesday!


I and the Bird edition #139

Hosted by 

T.R.Ryan From the Faraway, Nearby.

Thanks TR!


Bird seen at the bog so far:

  1. Red-tailed Hawk    9-30 2010
  2. Red-bellied woodpecker
  3. American Crow
  4. Palm warbler
  5. Northern Flicker
  6. Lincoln’s sparrow
  7. Yellow-rumped warbler
  8. Eastern Bluebird
  9. Downy woodpecker
  10. White-breasted Nuthatch
  11. Chipping sparrow
  12. Blue Jay
  13. American Robin 10-13-2010
  14. Black-capped Chickadee
  15. Dark-eyed Junco
  16. Canada Goose
  17. Carolina wren
  18. Tufted Titmouse
  19. Northern Cardinal 10-25-10
  20. American Goldfinch
  21. Song Sparrow
  22. Cooper’s Hawk
  23. Mourning Dove
  24. Mallard
  25. House sparrow
  26. Common Grackle 11-2-10
  27. Golden Crowned Kinglet
  28. Green-winged Teal 11-12-10
  29. Northern Mockingbird
  30. American black duck 11-18-10
  31. White-throated sparrow 11-27-10

On a Personal Note: I am sorry I have been away for so long. A lot is going on right now and I cannot post about it yet. I miss all of you, my blogging buddies! Happy Belated Thanksgiving!  I did think of you amidst the chaos.  I had my grandkids here for 3 days and returned them to Maine on Saturday. Now I need to restore order to the house!


  1. Sounds like a nice spot for regular surveys. Great photos!

  2. Hi Kathie. I love the way you have presented the final image.
    The sightings and activity around my local patch have fallen as winter draws on but like you there is always something to see. FAB.

  3. My goodness it looks chilly Kathie. You always take such beautiful pictures, the fall colours are irresistable.

  4. This Site Survey is going to be an interesting venture for you Kathie.

  5. That last picture is just lovely. We get huge flocks of grackles here, but not that many crows!

  6. That is an impressive list. I used to think bogs were creepy places but they wonderful birding spots.

  7. How are you liking your new home Kathie? That bog looks like it will be a great place to bird - can't wait to see what you get this winter!


Welcome to my nest! I hope you will enjoy spending time here with me and the birds. Thank you for your comments. I will try to get back to you as soon as I get back from counting more birds.