Friday, October 19, 2012

VT - Spruce Grouse and Black-backed Woodpecker

Spruce Grouse - Moose Bog, North-east Kingdom, Vermont. October 12th, 2012. Our recent Birdfinders tour enjoyed close views of two Spruce Grouse foraging alongside the Moose Bog Trail. By no means easy to see, they blended in perfectly with their habitat. It was a superbly wild day with a cold front depositing squally showers of snow pellets around us for much of the day. However, we found plenty of shelter in the spruce/fir woods. Late in the day, on the same trail, we came across a male Black-backed Woodpecker which called constantly from the top of a spruce for at least five minutes in what seemed like unusually bold behavior for a such an elusive species. All images are digi-bin shots using a Nikon Coolpix L26 through Leica Ultravid 8 x 42 bins.


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