Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Something New at the Bog

1. gray bog-kab Stirling Bog 5-9-12

It is a cool, damp day when I head to the bog to count birds. After days of rain the bog is full of water and birds! In amongst the stumps I see something new, something I have never seen here before…

2. egret-kab A Great Egret!


3. GREG-kabThe Egret is hunting among the new green reeds, but…


4. Hunter-kab He is not the only hunter!


5. jungle cat-kab A domestic tiger leaps…


6. tiger-kab and slips away into the grass.

Perhaps this is why I am not seeing many small birds.

7. green bog-kab The bog is getting greener every day.


8. oriole-kab Baltimore Oriole May 10, 2012

When I return the next day there are even more birds to see.

9. mockingbird-kab Mockingbirds are singing up a storm!


10. egret beauty-kab The egret is still here! Only this time it is at the south end of the bog!


11. flickers-kab Northern (Yellow-shafted) Flickers

Across from me on a snag a pair of flickers mate and break apart.

12. flying-kab Flicker in flight 5-10-12


13. bullet bird-kab 

Wing tucked, beak extended, the bird looks like a bullet!


14. flicker-kab 

The male watches her fly away.

15. hunter returns-kab 

Once again I see the domestic tiger hunting the bog.

16. female redwings-kab

While the blackbirds sing.

World Bird Wednesday 


Birds Seen at the Bog between May 9th and 10th:

  1. Canada Goose
  2. Mallard
  3. Great Egret*
  4. Great Blue heron
  5. Green heron
  6. Red-tailed hawk
  7. Turkey Vulture
  8. Herring Gull
  9. Mourning Dove
  10. Belted Kingfisher
  11. Chimney Swift
  12. Eastern Kingbird
  13. Great-crested Flycatcher*
  14. Eastern Phoebe
  15. Blue Jay
  16. American Crow
  17. Tree Swallow
  18. Northern Flicker
  19. Red-bellied woodpecker
  20. Black-capped chickadee
  21. American Robin
  22. Northern Mockingbird
  23. European Starling
  24. Gray catbird
  25. Song sparrow
  26. Northern Cardinal
  27. Red-winged blackbird
  28. Common Grackle
  29. Baltimore Oriole

*New at bog


  1. Hi Kathie, you have a great list of bird from the bog. I hope the kittie doesn't kill the small birds.

  2. Nice colouring on that new four legged species you spotted Kathie.

  3. Nice, interesting post! Looks like a very good birding day with 29 species spotted!

  4. A very interesting habitat. Great to see the Egret. I hope that cat leaves enough birds for you to keep photographing them.

    1. Beautiful birds, the domestic tiger seemed quite busy too. My favorite is oriole, what colour!

  5. Very interesting post!I enjoyed the shots and I too hope the cat doesn't kill all the birds!Thanks for sharing and have a great day!


  6. Quite an active bog there. How cool that you have a egret to photograph!

  7. Interesting catbird you've found at the bog. Another lifer? ;)

    The egret is marvelous and I love that last shot with all the blackbirds.

    Saw some swifts today. Way to fast for me to photograph.

  8. What a wonderful documentation of the happenings of the bog. I would love to se a Baltimore oriole for myself. Wonderful to see the Great Egret.

  9. Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  10. So many different birds you spotted!! Beautiful post! :)

  11. Great shots, Kathie! Congrats on the egret! They're beautiful birds!

  12. The second shot of the egret looks like she is wearing a gossamer gown! This swamp reminds me so much of the Great Dismal Swamp we used to visit in Virginia!


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.