Field Journal 6: Field Observations

Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Date: 4/19/21
Location: Colchester Bog
Weather: 57 Degrees F, partially cloudy, slight breeze
Habitat: Bog habitat surrounded by mixed hardwood/softwood forest habitat

Colchester Bog was a good spot to bird today, with plenty of birds observed along with some other wildlife including garter snakes and chipmunks. While in the bog, I spotted multiple Northern Cardinals, and I continued to hear more throughout the walk in the surrounding woods. Also abundant were Black-capped Chickadees, some of which coming very close to me (I used the spishing technique, which seemed to work fairly well). The beautiful song of a Song Sparrow was clear to hear, even though there were Cardinals and Chickadees making noise as well. Other species observed while in the bog area include two Canada Geese which I heard from a distance, as well as an American Crow (which I also only heard). In the surrounding woods area (and field just outside of the woods), I observed two American Robin, 4 Tufted Titmice, 1 White-breasted Nuthatch, 1 House Sparrow, and 3 Downy Woodpeckers.

Posted by tjkeegan tjkeegan, April 19, 2021 20:36

Observations

Photos / Sounds

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What

Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Observer

tjkeegan

Date

April 19, 2021

Description

Spotted three Northern Cardinals together right as I was exiting the boardwalk over the bog. Throughout the rest of the walk, I heard five additional Northern Cardinals.

Photos / Sounds

What

Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus

Observer

tjkeegan

Date

April 19, 2021

Description

There were many Black-capped Chickadees both within the bog area and the surrounding woods. Their songs and calls were loudly ringing throughout the area, and it was easy to spot them as many of them got very close to me.

Photos / Sounds

What

Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia

Observer

tjkeegan

Date

April 19, 2021

Description

While out on the boardwalk over the bog, I very clearly heard the song of a Song Sparrow.

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

American Robin Turdus migratorius

Observer

tjkeegan

Date

April 19, 2021

Description

I spotted one American Robin in the woods just outside of the bog and another in the field close to the playground as I exited the woods.

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

Observer

tjkeegan

Date

April 19, 2021

Description

I was able to hear a crow from a slight distance while in the bog.

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Canada Goose Branta canadensis

Observer

tjkeegan

Date

April 19, 2021

Description

Canada Geese were heard from the woods near the bog (observed while I was in bog).

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor

Observer

tjkeegan

Date

April 19, 2021

Description

Multiple Tufted Titmice were observed, all either on the ground or fairly low to the ground.

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis

Observer

tjkeegan

Date

April 19, 2021

Description

I heard a White-breasted Nuthatch call while in the woods just beyond the bog.

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Observer

tjkeegan

Date

April 19, 2021

Description

A House Sparrow call was easy to pick out while exiting the bog.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Downy Woodpecker Dryobates pubescens

Observer

tjkeegan

Date

April 19, 2021

Description

There were multiple Downy Woodpeckers in the woods outside the bog. Two of them were on the same tree, while another was nearby on a different tree, still in the same section of woods.

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