Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Visit To Ferd's Bog In The Adirondacks

I spent a few days in the Adirondacks on a fishing trip. Of course I was also interested in finding birds. It was my first visit to the area but one place I just had to check out was Ferd's Bog which is a spot that is well known by many birders. The first thing I noticed when I entered the forest area leading up to the bog was the silence effect. It reminded me of being in a soundproof room where hearing tests are conducted. the only thing I could hear was the sound of birds singing and a slight ringing in my ears. The boardwalk leading out to the bog looked so inviting. It was like the yellow brick road in the Wizard Of Oz only this boardwalk was designed for birders (and other nature enthusiasts).

White-throated Sparrows sang to each other from across the forest. There was also a singing contest going on between a Black-throated Blue Warbler on one side of the path and a Magnolia Warbler on the other side. They never stopped singing the whole time I was there. Red-breasted Nuthatches were in the area. I could also hear the song of Boreal Chickadees in the treetops which sounded like Black-capped Chickadees with a pollen throat allergy. Unfortunately, I could never get a good look at them.
There was also plenty of bird activity near the bog. Common Yellowthroats were especially vocal. Purple Finches could be heard singing from the edge of the woods across from the bog.there were Tree Swallows flying overhead and a species of sparrows that I failed to identify before they flew off to another area.They looked like Lincoln Sparrows but I only had a quick glance.
The lighting was not good at the time I saw this hawk fly over. The single white tail band on this buteo leads me to believe it is a Broad-winged Hawk.
What kind of flowers are these?
I'm guessing this is some kind of trillium.The trilium I usually see in Connecticut is red so I'll just call this White trillium.
This snake wasn't shy at all. It looks like a Garter Snake to me so I'll just call it a garter Snake.
I'm not usually overly interested about insects but I received a Field guide To Insects And Spiders Of North America for Christmas. I used the book for the first time to learn that this is a Golden Net-winged Beetle. It says they live in coniferous forests which fit the habitat I was in. This book made it easy to find what I was looking for. Now I'm looking forward to identifying more strange insects.
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My hope was that I would see my first Black-backed Woodpecker during my visit to Ferd's Bog but the only woodpecker I saw there was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. If I had been looking for black flies I would have hit the jackpot. I wouldn't be surprised if the BBWP showed up the day after I left. The majority of reported sightings there seem to start in June. 

  I may have came up empty in the Black-backed Woodpecker department but my visit to Ferd's Bog was definitely worth it. I leave you with the sweet whistling tune of the White-throated Sparrow (video) .


Chris said...

Adirondacks is a place I had planned to visit before the bank collaspe in Iceland and your message gave me more regrets I did not do it... Beautiful Larry!

Gaelyn said...

What a great place to go for a walk. I've never explored this area, not spending much time in the east.

Larry said...

Chris-This is the first time I've visited the Adirondacks area.It reminds me of the northern areas of Maine,Vermont, and New Hampshire.

Gaelyn-I imagine it would be quite different from where you are now.

Lana Gramlich said...

Looks like a wonderful place to wander and I ALWAYS love me some photos of snakes! I often enjoy hearing birds just as much as seeing them, even when I don't.

Cindy said...

Nice pictures. It looks like a great place to bird. Love the white-throated sparrows call.

Bill S. said...

What a wonderful post and the pictures are great. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

Ruth said...

That is a lovely picture of the singing wt sparrow. I have yet to find a Black-backed Woodpecker in my searches around Algonquin Park and Ottawa in Ontario where they are supposed to be found.

Spencer said...

Sounds like you had a great time, and I hope you caught some big pike! It's interesting to see birds in breeding habitat that we usually think of as winter visitors.