Sheila Bogart


When I think of Sheila Bogart, the phrase “If you build it they will come” from Field of Dreams comes to mind. I first met Sheila at a class Tom Doyle was giving at the Cornwall Library. We talked about taking photos of eagles and became instant friends. Sheila takes beautiful photos of all kinds of birds. I was amazed to learn that most of these photos are taken right from her living room window.

As photographers we all have a tale of how we started realizing we had a love of photography. Sheila started taking photos when her children, who are now in their 40’s were young and she wanted to share photos of them with family members in other states. She found like most of us at that time that film and developing was very expensive and she was not very good.

About 16 years ago Sheila was given a Sony Mavica digital camera where she could get a quick view of her photos, she was hooked. She began taking photos of her hobby at the time which was gardening. As she enjoyed her new hobby and vastly improved she developed back issues which required surgery and made it impossible to continue gardening. This evolved in creating bird areas for the birds to land.


Sheila and her husband Carl began creating their bird area out of dead tree stumps, rocks, and flowering tree branches. Food for the birds consist of seed, thistle, sunflower seeds, peanuts chopped and whole, all bought on a monthly basis. Sheila eventually recovered but continued creating and modifying her bird area. Now it is created out of painted PVC pipe and a 6 foot by 5 foot bird stand. Five foot branches for width are used at time wrapped with spring flowering branches or pine branches in winter.

The bird area attracts sparrows, finches, cardinals, blue jays and many other birds, including a Cooper’s hawk. Her bird area has also attracted other animals as well. As her husband Carl told me, “We have more critters now then ever.” They are visited by deer, fox and other small animals.

As you can see Sheila has truly proven, If you build it they will come.

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