Jim Otto, Scott Meyer and I birded along the Gunflint Trail and nearby roads this morning.
2 Spruce Grouse on the Gunflint Trail, about 1 1/2 miles south of Lima Mtn Rd.
1 Spruce Grouse on Lima Mtn Rd. 1/2 mile from Gunflint Trail. (Sevaral Ruffed Grouse also observed along the Gunflint Trial).
Northern Hawk Owl at the Iron Lake Campground. We enjoyed watching this bird actively hunting, after capturing a vole it flew to an aspen 20 yards from us and cached the vole behind some loose bark. We also observed a Hawk Owl across Iron Lake, but aren't totally certain that it wasn't the same bird.
Black-backed Woodpecker - Iron Lake Campground.
Boreal Chickadees - "Moose observation area" just off Gunflint trail.
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