Skull Guy

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About Skull Guy

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    Birding, hiking, trapping, fishing, hunting, hanging out with my wife and daughter

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  1. There are no other trails except the main railroad grade that bisects the bog. You can enter from the north or south, or even do a walk through if you have 2 vehicles. Its almost 4 miles end to end. We enter from the north, walk to the first main snow mobile bridge (~1.5 miles) and turn around. Sufficient habitat in that stretch to get what you want.
  2. As for Bloomingdale Bog, I have birded it many times in June (while camping at Saranac). Its a little late for singing warblers, but still can be very productive. We always enter from Bloomingdale Gabriels Road and walk south along the main trail. There will be gray jays all around looking for handouts. Last year, we had black-backed woodpecker within feet of the trail and several boreal chickadees in mixed flocks. Everything you need is from the main trail. No experience with Whiteface, sorry
  3. wow - do you happen to have ANY picture that shows the eye area? The black bib is very small, which means it could be a Connecticut. Much, much less likely, but the black is just not there like a Mourning should have
  4. white breasted nuthatch
  5. If your not interested in doing it every day, focus on days when you see new species (for the month, year, etc) or when there is an unusually high number of species/birds. That,s what we do, if a new species shows up in the yard or feeder, we make a quick list. This time of year, I'm listing almost every day!
  6. I was going to say Louisiana as well, only because they are "more common" in spring in NY. But that's all relative...
  7. White Crowned Sparrow
  8. Yellow-rump warbler on left, chipping sparrow on right
  10. Long nose gar
  11. What does everyone use to keep an eye on the migration forecast? I really enjoy blogs, so any good ones out there? I am thinking specifically the northeast U.S. spring time migrants. I commonly read birdcast, but am always looking for other less-known information to view!
  13. I find it disturbing that you will count this as a "lifer" when the picture is terrible for ID and you cannot ID the bird yourself. Given the unlikelihood of neotropic for that location, don't you think you should have more reliable data? Especially because in your first post, you said you thought it was a DCCO in the field but changed you mind based on a (terrible) photo. Nothing in the field made you think it was something different... I personally will not count a bird as a lifer unless I am 100% certain, and can come to the ID myself (or with expert help while viewing the bird in the field).
  14. From what I remember and what I can see in the pictures, its a mix of cattail and phragmites. I agree that phragmites is more likely to come back in faster. I was thinking it might be good for spring birding in terms of being able to see a little further into the marsh with the dead vegetation gone in that area.
  15. Vesper Sparrow - just never locked in on one. Going to concentrate on it this spring