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A Bog in Bloom

The Virtues of Not Finding Hessel's Hairstreak

May 23, 2019  |  by Bryan Pfeiffer  |  24 comments  | 

Over the course of three hours on an Atlantic White Cedar bog in Maine yesterday, I did not find Hessel’s Hairstreak. But that’s okay. (After all, there’s no whining or complaining on a bog — ever — no matter how ferocious the biting insects.) So during breaks in my unsuccessful searching for the tiny green, rare butterfly, I turned my lens instead toward plants (like that Rhodora above). Click any image below for a bigger, better view or for your slideshow. Or scroll down to find a few warblers and a preview of things to come.

Coming this weekend to the blog

Tired Warblers at Our Feet

A classic songbird fallout and my best birding ever on Monhegan Island, Maine.

  1. Patricia Greene-Swift says:

    The images are beautiful, so nice to see after a rainy weekend in Maine!

  2. Christine W Sibona says:

    It’s always a treat to receive your blog posts! You make the idea of a slog in a bog for a blog really interesting. :~)

  3. Ann B. Day says:

    Hi Bryan:
    Great photos and quite different photos of the warblers that are on the ground instead of trees as they were so tired. Was this because of the unusual number of intense storms along the mid Atlantic that the warblers had to come through this spring?
    It certainly has been a spring for the record books.
    Since many of us can’t get to Maine, we appreciate all the excellent colorful photos that you are treating us to, Bryan. Thank you so much.

    • Hi Ann,

      So nice to hear from you. Well, it might not have been storms. Just some strong winds that blew them out into the Gulf of Maine. That’s sometimes enough to tire them out. At dawn they often need to keep flying (when they would otherwise touch down to feed) in order to reach the island or back to the mainland. Yeah, we had lots of birds coming across the Northeast that same weekend. By the way, I was at Knoll Farm last weekend. Things are amazing there! Hope to see you this summer!

  4. Terry Mosher says:

    And the wave extended west into Upstate New York, where N. Parulas, Palm Warblers, and Prairie Warblers have been especially abundant.

  5. Rita Pitkin says:

    Warbling bogs, beautiful. Thanks.

  6. Sue says:

    Are those cones really so purple? Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. Mike Forness says:

    Beautiful pictures

  8. Ann Lewis says:

    Thank you for that lovely “tour” of the bog, Bryan. Such beautiful plants! Nice warblers, too.

  9. Dru Macy says:

    We have had amazing warblers here in Barre. However, no bogs here. Beautiful photos!

  10. marion dobbs says:

    So THAT’S where they all are!

  11. Daniel Carter says:

    Beautiful Photos !!!!

  12. Sue Wetmore says:

    Warblers have been phenomenal here in Brandon and around the state.
    Sue Wetmore

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