First just want to say that the festival this past weekend was awesome.
It was good to see a full festival and I hope that everyone who attended
had a great time! I also want to thank everyone who worked hard to make
the festival possible and to all the field trip leaders. It was a fun
Now, on to today:
I guided three birders from Ohio around Sax-Zim Bog today.
When we started out this morning, it was windy and blowing snow.
Nonetheless, undaunted, we headed up to McDavitt Rd and cruised around
looking for a Great Gray Owl. No sign of the GGOW, but we got good looks
at Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay and a beautiful, pure white Snowshoe Hare
that hopped down the middle of the road.
The juvie male Snowy Owl on CR 27 was sitting on a power pole just west of
the Spruce it usually sits on.
The feeders on CR 444 had about 30 Evening Grosbeaks, RB Nuthatch plus a
few other things.
The FSZB Welcome Center feeders on Owl Ave were dead, but the N Hawk-Owl
was sitting on a dead snag and gave us the deadly, piercing stare.
After a quick lunch, we went back up to McDavitt Rd.
No Woodpeckers were seen, but we did pick up an adult Northern Shrike about
halfway up the bog section.
Overall, the day was good. The roads quickly piled up around 6" of snow,
but it was a beautiful day to be out and the birds didn't care either way.
After leaving my clients, I headed down to Floodwood and checked along Hwy
2 for Hawk-Owls, but there were none to be found. I did see a Magpie along
Hwy 29 and a flock of Snow Buntings along CR 133 near Meadowlands.
Coming back to Meadowlands, I had a flyover Northern Goshawk on CR 133 just
west of Kingfisher Rd.
This evening, I cruised Lake Nichols Rd, but came up empty-handed.
However, I did hear from a couple birders that a single Great Gray Owl was
seen along McDavitt Rd this evening after the snow tapered off.
Happy Birding! --Chris W, Madison, WI (currently Meadowlands, MN)
Swallowtail Birding Tours
Mississippi Explorer Cruises
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