Thursday, July 3, 2008

Helen Carlson Sanctuary

I'm going to make this post short and sweet. For the last couple of weeks there has been some wicked humidity around here. There is no air conditioning where my computer is and I don't have a laptop. I can barely tolerate staying at the computer for more than ten minutes in weather like this so here goes my ten minutes worth of blogging.

There is a place called the Helen Carlson Nature Sanctuary in Portland. If you are interested in making a visit to the sanctuary, you can get the information you need here. A boardwalk was built around this bog some years back but it is often flooded over due to the work of beavers. I recently found out that a new observation platform was built at the sanctuary. I went to check it out this past weekend. The bog is located on South Road in Portland. If you are facing the bog, there is a trail along the left side that leads to the new platform.

It has quite a few twists and turns to it. It seems to have been engineered to handle flood situations.

There is a nice view from the top deck. I believe that an afternoon visit would offer more attractive lighting because I was facing the sun as I looked over the bog on this muggy morning. I've never had any unusual bird sightings at the bog. I've never seen any particularly rare birds at the bog but I've had some nice sightings. Green Herons, Wood Ducks, and Hooded Mergansers are three that come to mind.
There are a lot of interesting plants at the bog including two types of sundew, a carnivorous plant that catches its prey in sticky, spatula-like leaves. I'd like to find one of those when I get a chance. I came across this turtle along the path that leads to the platform. If you get a close look at his face, he seems to have a bit of an attitude problem. By the way-is the turtle in this photo a Painted Turtle? If so, it looks it has nothing more than a coat of primer so far.
What kind of mushroom is this? I'll bet it's poisonous. It seems like red mushrooms are usually poisonous


I followed a trail that was across the street from the bog that I had never taken before. It led me right out to the powerlines which are always worth checking out for interesting birds.

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There is one particular bird that has been driving me crazy this year. I have heard Eastern Wood-Pewee singing on numerous occasions over the last month or so but I haven't been able to catch one in the act. Just before reaching the powerlines, I spotted this Eastern Wood-Pewee singing its signature song. You know a bird is really giving its all when the tail starts rattling around during the song.
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Can you identify any of the birds singing in the background?

10 comments:

Lynne said...

I heard a veery!! Veeries and hermit thrushes were singing at Hasty Brook last weekend.

Tutles always look crabby to me.

Sorry about the humidity. It really saps one's energy.

Purty shroom.

Sandpiper (Lin) said...

Thanks, Larry! The last time I was there (a bunch of years ago), the path was so encroached that I couldn't get through. We used to love to go there. I think I read somewhere that this used to be a cranberry bog. Don't know if that's right or not. Nice to know that you can get through now and that some work has been done. You had some pretty good sightings.

Larry said...

Lynnne-Yes it is veery clearly in the background.I'll just have to deal with the humidity like everyone else but I'll be happy when its gone.

Sandpiper-Yes -it's still called a cranberry bog.-I'd like to find some actual cranberries though and taste one. Last year someone who has a cranberry bog in their yard said that they didn't see any cranberry bushes but they didn't walk along the trail. Maybe some are in the back.

Jayne said...

Neat place Larry! Isn't that Pewee a proud singer!

Marie Louise said...

Looks like a great walk - I'll have to check it out - although with all this rain, it may be a bit flooded!

Wren said...

You must type really fast if you did all of that posting in 10 minutes. :) Sounds like you had a nice outing and you did get some nice pics.

Larry said...

jayne-It is a proud singer.I lie hearing their call when I'm out hiking.

marie louise-I don't think it will flood too much but you would probably want to wait for a couple of days with no rain before going.

wren-You're right-it wasn't ten minutes really-Ten minutes in blog time is more like a half an hour. My intention was to get on and off the computer as quickly as possible.

Lana Gramlich said...

I can't identify the birds, but that looks like a wonderful area!

Mary said...

I could sit in that green lawn chair for hours...

Lovely view.

Miss you, Larry. I've been a negligent blogger for a while.

Mary

Larry said...

lana-It is a nice little area. The boardwalk makes it worth the visit.

Mary-I've been a negligent blogger too. Perhaps we could start the negliget bloggers club. Thanks for stopping by.I'llmake a visit to your blog soon.