What started out as a quiet walk at Moose Bog on this past Tuesday turned into a most exciting morning. We accomplished the boreal slam! Spruce grouse led off with beautiful views quite close as it lingered on the ground. The lovely plumage blended well with the tree behind the male bird. Another was seen high in a spruce feeding. We then walked out on the boardwalk and a call note alerted me and a pair of black-backed woodpeckers landed right in front of us! Almost to close to photograph. The pair was unconcerned with our presence as they sought breakfast. A posted sign indicated they had a nest site near the boardwalk this summer.
Returning to S. American Pond Rd. boreal chickadees called and one was briefly seen. Other warblers were part of this moving flock.
Walking back to the parking lot we said if only the jays would appear when the hoped for Canada jays flew in completing the dream of seeing all four in one day! These lovely birds are not concerned with us either and one sat obligingly for photos.
This spring began with the amazing multitude of migrating warblers and now summer's end provided yet another thrilling scene!
Sue & Marv Elliott
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