Boreal Bog Birds

Frozen Bog! It doesn’t get much better in terms of winter birding! As mentioned before, I often work as a volunteer naturalist at the Sax Zim Bog Visitor Center. The area just north of Duluth is the premier location for finding northern birds which travel south to enjoy our warm winters. Although yesterday’s bright sunny skies made finding the elusive Great Gray Owl difficult, humans and birds enjoyed the balmy weather that saw temperatures climb above freezing for the first time in months. Birds easily found yesterday just to name a few included Boreal Chickadees, Common Redpolls, Evening Grosbeaks, Gray Jays, and Pine Grosbeaks. Before actually driving up to the Bog, I stopped by my favorite Snowy Owl right at the moment of sunrise. Given sunny mornings have been rare recently, I wanted to take advantage of the “golden glow” on a Snowy as the sun shone its initial morning rays.

Sunrise Snowy!


Great Jay or Canada Jay


Pine Grosbeak (female)


Roadkill Cafe Mapgpie

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