Lynx, Martens & Bears … Oh My!

Yup, just another day in northern Minnesota! Actually, even by my standards this is a pretty awesome day. A few minutes after sunrise found me on a remote wilderness road near the Canadian border in northern Minnesota. Appropriately enough, this road is named Tomahawk Road and it reaches 18 miles into the Superior National Forest northwest of Isabella, Minnesota (not to far south of the Canadian border).

Within the first mile I discovered a pine marten foraging for its breakfast. A few miles further down the road I had a fantastic find … a Canada Lynx … both animals are lifers for me. Here is a pic of the marten (no image of the lynx)
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One of the reasons I like this region is it allows me access to the Pagami Creek Wildfire area. Now that we are about six years post fire, the forest is reblooming and teems with wildlife. When I reached my hiking destinationĀ near Isabella Lake, I became the subject of some curious Grey Jays. I think they were checking me out, rather than vice versa. I also enjoyed seeing some Spruce Grouse during my drive in to my trailhead.

Grey Jays … Duck, Duck, Grey Jay (oops, I mean duck!). Seriously these two birds poked and prodded each other … seemed to be playing! The second two “jay photos” show all the burned out white pine trees.
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Spruce Grouse on Tomahawk Road
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One I got home to Duluth, this spectacular day continued. See the photo I took of a snow bunting at the mouth of the Lester River. These birds which are now migrating down from the Arctic spook oh so easily; yet this individual struck the perfect post for me on the Lake Superior shore.
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My day finished off with a HUGE black bear raiding my feeder. I watched from less than ten yards away as Mrs. Bear enjoyed my bird feeders.

2 thoughts on “Lynx, Martens & Bears … Oh My!

    1. Thanks Vicki! My wife, Molly, and I were kind of like “Rip Van Winkles” this election. Between our 1,400 bike tour which started right after Labor Day, and then a quick reload in Duluth before we worked as lighthouse keepers at Crisp Point on Lake Superior, we were off the grid for almost the entire last two months leading up to the election. Our own congressional district apparently was the most expensive and contested in the country in terms of outside money spent. Thus, it was nice to spend lots of time with the birds and the bears. Being out in the wilderness is always calming.

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