I was in Allenburg Bog today with Dragonfly Eye who was searching for a bog Dragonfly species that has never been observed in this bog before! Obviously we didn’t locate the “Boghaunter” but we did manage to find a few Darner species and a few damselfly species.
Jeremy stopped for his yearly Goldthread picture and I also couldn’t resist taking a photo or two of this tiny flower! I found that the most abundant singing birds in the forest was the Northern Waterthrush, Ovenbird and Scarlet Tanager. We were also lucky enough to find an Eastern Wood Pewee (CHECK – my first of the year), Great Crested Flycatcher and Red-shouldered Hawk that were also in the area.
We quickly reached the bogs edge and as quickly as we stepped onto the floating moss vegetation we started to hear some high squealing from one of the shrubs. Jeremy said . . . “it’s a snake with something”!!
We moved closer for a photo and I think the snake thought we were going to take its lunch!! I don’t think he realized that a woodfrog wasn’t really anything that I was interested in eating! We both kinda captured a picture but I had hoped for something better!!
The excitement of the Garter Snake quickly ended once it disappeared and we found ourselves adventuring further out onto the floating vegetation.
I think my favorite flowers that Jeremy had introduced me to was the Round-leaved Sundew!! This flower is a very fragrant plant and when the insect approaches closer it gets this dew like sticky fluid to entrap the bug. Yes it might be tiny insectivore plant here but I still think it was pretty cool to find!!
The most abundant insectivores plant we found was the Pitcher Plant. We were able to locate a few plants that actually had some insects being digested in it. Jeremy even located one with a mosquito larva developing in the fluid. I know there is something special about these mosquitos but it’s been a few years since I had been out to the bog with Dr. Eaton. I kind of remember him saying something about this mosquito not biting humans (we also found those mosquitos who would bite at the bog).
I had kept my eyes open for the Bog Copper but it was a little too early for them to start emerging. Jeremy was photographing a cool moth while I was focusing this Azure. We had a wonderful time catching up since your last visit and enjoyed exploring this amazing bog.
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