Duluth is also known at the Arctic Riviera. Thus, when a snow storm hit two hours before dawn, it was a HUGE invitation for me to get outside with my camera. Today’s wind is out of the northeast which mean big waves as they coming rolling down hundreds of miles of open water of Lake Superior. Thus, rather than being a “stay inside” type of day, I’ve had a great time outdoors. I will admit to having gotten wet due to the sloppy snow, but birding was easy. The snow concentrated birds in prime birding locations. However, taking photographs was a challenge! 🙂
Blue Morph Snow Goose Family
Snow Geese in the Snow Videos
Wave Videos from Canal Park: The first video was taken from the 2nd floor of the Duluth Marine Museum. For the second video I had moved outside, but unlike folks seen in my first video, I am well back of the Lakewalk. The waves were throwing up on shore 20 to 30 pound rocks. The tourists did not realize they were in danger … not from the waves but thrown rocks. I warned a few folks before I went back to my car.
And a photograph of our house from an hour before sunrise this morning, just as the storm was really getting started in the Duluth area.
Folks like to see “northern” birds, and for that opportunity they could charter a bush pilot and fly into a remote lake near the Arctic Ocean, or they could visit Duluth in the late fall and winter. In a little over a month the visitor center at Sax-Zim Bog will open for the winter. I look forward to another winter of helping out at the center as a volunteer naturalist.
In the meantime one may enjoy the late fall migration along the north shore of Lake Superior. In the past few days I have enjoyed watching:
Hundreds & hundreds of Slate Colored Juncos
Large numbers of
American Tree Sparrows
One Ross’s Goose (Park Point Recreation Fields)
Many, many Merlins chasing songbirds for breakfast
One Short Eared Owl (dune grasslands while hiking out to the Superior Entry)
At my own feeder:
Woodpeckers … Downy, Hairy, Red-Bellied, and Pilleated
Finches … Purple and Gold
Chickadees and Nuthatches (red and white breasted)
A Gray Fox (15 minutes under the feeders eating 50 minutes before sunrise)
Here are a few images from the past two days … a video of the snow buntings is included.
Merlin (imitating a turkey … don’t think the songbirds were fooled!)
Lapland Longspur (just a few minutes after sunrise)
The rains finally ended, and the fields of Park Point were some perfect mud flats for migrating shorebirds yesterday morning. Although some pesky clouds were still hanging around, the winds out of the North brought quite a few migrating plovers into the Duluth area. I had fun watching this Black-Bellied Plover for about 1/2 hour … and it helped me out by posing with various other birds.
Black-Bellied Plover and American Golden Plover (immature)
Black-Bellied Plover and Lesser Yellowlegs
Sky Check … Watching a Bald Eagle
Two more shorebird pics … from my recent bike tour … Short Billed Dowitchers