Laura Erickson's For the Birds

Friday, January 23, 2009

Birding in the Sax-Zim Bog

Boreal Chickadee
Originally uploaded by Laura Erickson
I spent today birding with Mike Hendrickson in the bog. We saw a lot of really cool birds despite the awful wind, but thanks to that wind, no owls. But we did see this Boreal Chickadee, trying to get into the deer rib cages on Admiral Road, though a Hairy Woodpecker interfered with those plans. You can see a bunch of photos from the day at my flickr set:


  1. Great pics, Laura. Looks like you had a fun day despite not seeing any owls. I love it up there. It's always so quite and peaceful. You never really know what's going to show up and it's still ok when nothing does.

  2. Those are lovely pictures.
    Love that Snowy Owl!

  3. Interesting. I'm sure I would have mistook the boreal chickadee for a blackcapped chickadee.

  4. The Boreal Chickadees have such a dark back that they're more easily confused with nuthatches. There are plenty of Black-capped Chickadees about, so the Boreals stand out. Their sound is really cool--a skeezy little "chickadee" that sounds like a Black-capped Chickadee with a terminal disease.

  5. Awesome shot of the Boreal Chickadee. They are so hard to photograph as they don't seem to sit still for very long. I was visiting Sax Zim weekend of Feb 6 and only got blurry photos of the Boreal Chickadee but was gratful for the excellent viewing of the Northern Hawk Owls and one Great Gray. What an awesome place. That was my first visit there. Pretty spectacular for winter birding.