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"birdwatching at Ferds Bog" Eagle Bay Off The Beaten Path Tip by davecallahan

Eagle Bay Off The Beaten Path: 1 reviews and 3 photos

  remoteness of the trail area
by davecallahan
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      remoteness of the trail area
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  • gray jay (from bird magazine) - Eagle Bay
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  • gray warbler (from bird magazine) - Eagle Bay
      gray warbler (from bird magazine)
    by davecallahan

This is not a site for the novice bird watcher.
Its location out in the boonies and the ruggedness of the trail really require some experience and going in a group is even better.

The place is a bit difficult to find. From Eagle Bay, take route 28 east a short distance and connect to Uncas Road. Uncas Road continues east up into the heart of the forest lands.
As soon as you enter Uncas Road, reset the trip meter on your car or motorcycle to zero because you are going to have to use the distance to find the trail entrance. 3.5 miles from the junction of route 28 and Uncas Road, you will find a red cabin on the north side of the road. In good, dry weather you can park on the soft shoulder of the road but in wet weather, it is better parking on the south side of the road where the ground is a bit more firm.
The cabin has a sign that says Camp Escondido.

Next to the cabin is where the trail begins and it winds back two miles into the forest. Please remain on the trail unless you are a very good tracker. It is easy to get disoriented in the thick woods. Part of the trail where it opens into the bog area has been overlaid with a boardwalk to help footing and you should stay on the boardwalk when in this part of the trail. Caution should be used when around the very soft and quicksand-like bog.

Ferd's Bog is known for having species are difficult to see anywhere else in this state: rare varieties of woodpeckers, Gray Jays, seldom seen olive Flycatchers, northern Chickadees, Lincoln Sparrows, crossbills and uncommon species of warblers.

Early summer (May, June) is the best time to see these birds and the ground and trail are firm enough to traverse. Earlier in the spring, some migratory birds come through the area but the swamp is almost unwalkable. The only problem with summer is that that is the time for the black flies and they are many and nasty. Bring repellent especially formulated for these pests.

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  • Written Sep 17, 2007
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