Friday, February 8, 2013

Heading to Duluth for Winter Birding

Eric writes:  Tomorrow my Mom and I will be heading up to Duluth, MN to, hopefully, see as many Boreal Owls as we can.  Over the past couple weeks, birders on the north shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota have been enjoying a great Boreal Owl invasion; the first major invasion since 2004-2005.  As many as seven have been seen by one observer in a single day.  Many of the individuals found have been seen actively hunting and quite easy to locate.  Other birds we will be trying to locate include Great Gray, Northern Hawk, and Snowy Owl, Pine and Evening Grosbeaks, Common and Hoary Redpolls, Black-backed Woodpecker, Bohemian Waxwing, Black-billed Magpie, and a selection of gull species.  

All of these photos are from a trip a few years ago to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan . . . we will be searching for many of the same species.

Northern Hawk Owl-one of the norther owls we should see in Minnesota

Snowy Owl-another of the expected owls in Minnesota

Evening Grosbeak-one of my favorite birds, these and Pine Grosbeaks
should be fairly common

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