Back to the Bog

Astrid Lake Bog Trail

Astrid Lake Bog Trail

If you go, make sure to wear your “Swampers”. After the 4+ inches of rain that we received July 3rd, the trail was flooded. In some places I was afraid the water would come over the top of my boots. I had on my trusty LL Bean WELLIES and they kept my feet dry. It was a rather warm day in the woods and the ankle-deep water felt nice and cool. And believe it or not, there really weren’t any bugs out, I never had to apply bug repellent.

Winter Wren

Winter Wren

Right away, I ran into a family of Winter Wrens!
Winter Wren Fledgling

Winter Wren Fledgling

This is the best time to see these elusive little Wrens, when the babies are first out of the nest and are being fed by their parents. The little trills and peeps that were going on between the family group was fascinating. It was truly a treat to watch the parents come in and feed their babies.
This little guy was pretty smart already. When I first saw the young birds I stopped and set up my camera, well, they knew I was there and stayed down in the brush where I only got glimpses.
Then I moved a few feet down the trail and hid behind a small tree.
Winter Wren juvenile

Winter Wren juvenile

Mind you, I was standing in water when I was viewing this bird!
Winter Wren fledgling

Winter Wren fledgling

But what a great place to hide your babies while they grow up. The bog was mostly knee deep water, what mammal would go in there to predate these birds? And the thick brush and vegetation provides lots of hiding spots for any bird predator. Only humans with rubber boots are that crazy!
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1 Response to Back to the Bog

  1. Gracie says:

    Beautiful shots!

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