In response to family viewing my reading the article about irrupting snowies
in the Natural History magazine that arrived yesterday, they asked where one
might see a Snowy Owl. I said I would see if there are any still about.
Please reply back-channel...
Columbus, Anoka Co.
PS: Had about 20 minutes to look at gulls at Canal Park in Duluth, with 5
kids in car waiting patiently (!) to eat dinner before heading back to
cities, after watching the FIRST Robotics tournament at DECC yesterday p.m.
in anticipation of our own tournament at the U of MN's Wilson Arena at the
end of March.
Thank you very much to the 2 birders who were there at the time, for
pointing out the 6 species in various stages of juvenile and adult plumage
that I was able to figure out with their help: Herring, Ring-billed,
Thayer's, Glaucous, Iceland (all close-by, one of the birders was
photographing them), and Great Black-backed (on a small ice floe near the
That was KISMET for a birder in her mom/driver mode!! I was surprised to see
that at least 1/2 of the bay is already thawed and hardly any ice to be seen
on the lake... It was especially awesome to be able to point out the sites
to 1 of the young men who had never been to Duluth before. Took them back to
freeway via Skyline Parkway so they could get a good overview at a couple of
the pull-outs! Fun times.
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