Here in northern Minnesota we have one of the premier winter birding spots in the lower 48, the Sax-Zim Bog. However, from my home in Duluth it is 55 miles each way to the bog. Thus, I decided with all the great bird habitat around this area, while I still drive up to the bog on occasion, it should be possible to find good winter birds just outside of Duluth.
After plenty of exploring back roads I have now established a winter birding feeder on Old Vermilion Trail Road. The attached graphic may be used to find the feeder. However, Old Vermilion Trail Road is just 10.8 miles from the intersection of Jean Duluth Road and Glenwood Avenue. You will find on this road and Fox Farm Road great bird habitat … wetlands, streams, deciduous forest and pine forest.
Both photographs of the pine siskins and female common redpolls were taken this morning while I was out setting up the bird feeding station. Please contact me with birding reports from this area. I will try to swing by 2 to 3 times per week to keep the feeder full.
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