#celerybog

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I get so much enjoyment from nature that it should be illegal. Whether it’s a warbler doing some silly thing, or a sparrow with something very important to tell me, or a lone Pied-billed Grebe headed to the south end of the Celery Bog where all his buddies are congregating.


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I was shocked to find this fierce predator with the blood of his enemies dripping off his chest. Hang on, my technical staff are calling, probably to tell me what a great job I’m doing. Uh huh, uh huh, I see. Wait, one more time? Oh, I get it now, ROSE-breasted Grosbeak. Not ferocious? Not blood? Heh heh.


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He didn’t get away! In hindsight, I figure Mr. Wilson was merely encouraging his new Canada Warbler pal to come out for photos; that I was actually a good dude. Was there ever any doubt that I’d get him? Pretty obvious, I know.


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A few weeks ago I was attempting to persuade a super shy Canada Warbler to sit for some photos but I was distracted by another little yellow someone out of the corner of my eye. It was a Wilson’s Warbler. Normally also very shy, this bird was perching out in the open! Here and there, everywhere! I think he was trying to create a diversion so his Canadian friend could escape! Tune in tomorrow to find out if his sneaky little plan worked and that Canada Warbler got away…


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Woo hoo! My ruddy buddy is back!!! Ahem, I mean uhh… here’s a Ruddy Duck. I’m definitely not losing my mind over a duck right now. It’s totally casual, like, “Oh look, there’s a duck.” See? No biggie. Oh, there’s another one! And a bunch of tiny teal! And my shovel buddy! Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!!


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To me there’s nothing sweeter than a bird with food. I explored every corner of the Celery Bog this afternoon, there was a lot to see, and upon returning to my vehicle, discovered a bush full of warblers! They were picking at the small white bountiful berries and I begged them to just eat ’em whole! They complied with my request because you don’t have to ask a Yellow-rumped Warbler twice to eat more food!


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Some squirrels make it really easy to be a professional squirrel photographer.


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The arrival of Yellow-rumped Warblers, aka butterbutts, is bittersweet for me in that they mark the beginning of the end of the fall warbler migration, but they’ll be the first ones back in the spring. We get so many butterbutts in the fall, but I wish we had more. Butterbutts are so darn cute, but I wish they could stay longer. Butterbutts are another favorite bird of mine, but… but nuthin’, they just are! I wanted to squeeze a dozen buts in this story, how’d I do? Ahhh, nailed it! You can never have too many buts in a story about butterbutts!


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