In Lake Co today, my tour group found a Spruce Grouse on Hwy 1 and an
Am Three-toed Woodpecker on Spruce Rd.
The grouse was a male picking at grit in the road at mid-morning at
mile 299.1, which is 12 mi NW of the Co Rd 2 intersection. Earlier in
the morning there was also a road-kill Spruce Grouse in the
traditional area on Co Rd 2, 1.1 mi N of the Sand River.
The woodpecker was a drumming female on Spruce Rd, 0.6 mi N of Hwy 1.
(The Spruce Rd turns off Hwy 1 near mile 297, 14 mi NW of Co Rd 2.)
There were also several groups of Red Crossbills along Hwy 1 and on
Spruce Rd, and we found a small flock of Bohemian Waxwings in Ely:
these were near the corner of Washington St and 5th Ave, which is a
few blocks NE of downtown.
Great Gray Owls have apparently been getting harder to find this week,
especially in the Sax-Zim Bog where virtually all the birders I know
of (ourselves included) have not been able to find any. About the only
sighting I'm aware of there was a brief fly-by this afternoon on
McDavitt Rd, ~3 mi N of Sax Rd.
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