Carolina Chickadee

I was at the bog yesterday; it’s a little early for serious birding but I noticed the Red-winged Blackbirds and Grackles are back, as well as the Robins. I saw a Pileated Woodpecker fly by and the eagle from my bridge adventure even made an appearance! The bog is filling back up with water nicely after last year’s drought and it’s also filling with waterfowl; mostly Mallards and coots but I also saw some Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers and Buffleheads. I chatted with several birders and one spoke of a Screech Owl on the north side of the bog, “past the foot bridge” she said. Here’s an expert birding tip: when another birder tells you something like that, don’t get your hopes up! I headed for the north side of the bog in search of this awesome little owl and of course I didn’t find it. I did find a pair of Carolina Chickadees doing a little house cleaning though. I’ll definitely keep an eye on those two in the coming months because the only thing cuter than a chickadee is a baby chickadee! If you’re interested, their nest is on the north side of the bog, “past the foot bridge.”

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