Saturday was such a beautiful day here in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom! It was just too nice to not take a hike so we headed to Ferdinand’s Moose Bog Trail. On the way, we came across a large flock of those winter visitors, the snow buntings. While on the trail, we were lucky enough to see 3 of the boreal bird species we so long to find: gray jay, boreal chickadee and spruce grouse. The spruce grouse was a real bonus – there on the edge of the woods was a male and female not 6 feet from us. They aren’t called fool hens for nothing! Snapping a picture of them was another story, however. It’s so hard to focus through a maze of tiny branches! A half hour after seeing that pair, we flushed another male spruce grouse as we left the trail.
It may have been warmer in other places, but it’s still hard to beat a (relatively) warm late winter day in Vermont! You can see a few more of our photos here.