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BRRRRdathon 2017 Results & Photos

Minus 30 F air temps…FINALLY! Yes, the 2017 BRRRRdathon finally lived up to its slogan as the World’s Coldest Birdathon with Friday morning air temps ranging from Minus-16 in Duluth to Minus 35 in parts of the interior of northeast Minnesota. But this did not daunt the eight teams competing to get their names forever emblazoned on the “Gary…

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Solar Panels Up!

Big thanks to electrician Billy and “solar guy” Damian for their hard work in installing this complicated (to me) system. This winter we will be able to turn on our LED lights (when necessary), run our TV with the Owls to Orchids video running, and even bake cookies in the oven! And the…

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Big Year Record Breaker Olaf Danielson to speak at 2017 Boreal Wings Gala in Mpls

Boreal Wings Gala in Mpls

2017 Boreal Wings Gala
Silent Auction, Appetizers, Mingling, Olaf’s Big Year (photos and talk)
Sunday, January 29, 2017 (2-4pm) at the new Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley, MN…

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Friends of Sax-Zim Bog

HERE ARE OUR GOALS: 1. Acquire bog habitat in the Sax-Zim Bog of St. Louis County, Minnesota (a world-famous birding destination) 2. Build a small “Birder Welcome Center” and bog interpretive center on the land 3. Fund educational/research projects centered on peatlands and associated birdlife
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
RAINING in the Bog! (in January!). Be aware that this weather is going to continue for another day or two...Not only YUCKO..but roads are ICY and snow-covered ...and the shoulders and snow-filled ditches are SOFT and just waiting to suck your car in. BE CAREFUL OUT THERE. Mrs. Mac's Towing number is 218.393.7377. If you can postpone your trip, please do.
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
There are some exciting things coming up for the Friend's of Sax-Zim Bog!!!

Head Naturalist Clinton and Sparky were out completing one of these exciting tasks this afternoon and had a surprise visitor!! It turns out that Boreal Chickadees might have some competition for resources! This Pine Marten made a surprise visit and gave us stunning views.... from about 10 feet away!

Pine Martens are in the weasel family and just about the size of a house cat. As a resident in the northwoods, these critters sometimes get creative with food sources! Though their main diet consists of small mammals (especially squirrels), these weasels are quite omnivorous. Pine Martens have been known to come to bird feeders and eat seed, as well as, in this case, peanut butter!

Stay tuned for an exciting announcement from Friend's of Sax-Zim Bog in the next couple of weeks!

(photo by Clinton Nienhaus)
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
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BRRRRdathon: World’s Coldest Birdathon Results

Minus 30 F air temps…FINALLY! Yes, the 2017 BRRRRdathon finally lived up to its slogan as the World’s Coldest Birdathon with Friday morning air temps ranging from Minus-16 in Duluth to Minus 35 in parts of the interior of northeast Minnesota. But this did not daunt the eight teams competing to get their names forever emblazoned on the “Gary the Granite Great Gray” trophy. Saturday was much nicer!
Scouring the North Woods from Grand Rapids to Otter Tail to Superior, and from Sax-Zim to Grand Marais to Duluth, the teams found a combined 67 species.

Highlights included Great Black-backed Gull in Two Harbors, 4 Snowy Owls in Superior, WI, Spruce Grouse on Lake County 2 at Sand River, Black-backed Woodpecker just up the road from the Spruce Grouse), 3 Peregrine Falcons in Duluth, Varied Thrush among the 100 or so Robins at WLSSD, Song Sparrow in Grand Rapids.
No team managed to find Trumpeter Swan, Wild Turkey, or Great Horned Owl.

Steve Millard racked up 42 species inn Otter Tail County (NOT a made up name!) over two days and found some stellar species including an Eastern Towhee, Belted Kingfisher, Richardson’s Merlin and an unexpected Northern Saw-whet Owl eating a mouse atop a grain elevator!

Judd Brink had a Great Gray Owl on his birdathon day in Aitkin County, and there were 4 others seen in Sax-Zim (2 on McDavitt, 1 on Nichols Lake Road and 1 on CR7 N of Sax Road).

For the 6th time in 7 years, team Grousing Twitchers (Lars Benson, Dave Benson, John Ellis) won the 2-day BRRRRdathon with a grand total of 52 species including a Horned Grebe, and 60 Red Crossbills on McDavitt Road.

In the 1-day competition, the Coldfinches evened their rivalry with the Egretables 3 to 3 with a 32-species effort. The Egretables found some iconic but hard to find boreal species in Lake County, MN including Boreal Chickadee, Spruce Grouse and Black-backed Woodpecker.

Only non-motorized locomotion is allowed in the WinterGreen division, and longtime teammates Tim Bates and Andrew Webster fielded rival teams and chose different states to participate. Andrew’s Grosbeaks of the Evening team in Duluth found 32 species including 3 Peregrines while on fat bikes. Tim’s Sixteen Below team used mountain bike in the backroads of Superior Wisconsin and counted 23 species including FOUR Snowy Owls.

2-DAY BRRRRdathon
52 species—Grousing Twitchers (Lars Benson, Dave Benson, John Ellis)
42 species—Otter Tail (Steve Millard)
22 species—The Full Nesters (Cara and Steve Cox)

1-DAY BRRRRdathon
32 species—Coldfinches (Barb Akre, Cindy Edwardson, Chris Edwardson, David Helff)
26 species—The Egretables (Annmarie Geniusz, David Alexander, Steven Bochold)
14 species—Aitkin County (Judd Brink)

WINTERGREEN Non-motorized
32 species—Grosbeaks of the Evening (Andrew Webster, Matti Erpestad)
23 species—Sixteen Below (Tim Bates, Pat Kohlin)
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Just a reminder for birders to PLEASE avoid Stickney Road if at all possible. The north end is not a birder-friendly site.
If someone harasses you while out birding, please call 911 immediately. The sheriff will handle it. We can't do anything if you call us after the incident is over. If harassed, don't agitate the person, just agree to move on immediately. Thanks.
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Three TIMBER WOLVES along CR7 south of CR133 today around noon. I've seen many wolves, but not this well or for this long (outside of Yellowstone). Big fluffy wolves coming up from the ditch as I slid past them...I'll never forget the face of the closest one which was only 20 feet from me. By the time the van stopped, they had crossed the road behind me and into the woods. I drove on and about a half mile south I see another wolf loping down the road. It saunters into the woods before I get close so I stop about a quarter mile down figuring it would hop back out on the road (easier walking). And the wolf did just that...but I wasn't ready again! I had just got out of my van when it appeared from the woods. It looked at me for a second, but by the time I got my camera up, it was back into the woods.
So I drove another quarter mile and stopped. This time, I crouched behind the van and waited. A minute later and I heard a chickadee call...I turned towards it and saw this wolf loping through the woods about 30 yards from me. This is all I got. But I have some pretty awesome photos locked into my brain! (3 degrees, 20mph west winds, sunny)

Sax-Zim Bog eBird Reports

46 observations in last 30 days!

  • Bald Eagle
    1
  • Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) - 1


    Observer:
    Matthew Igleski
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-21 12:32
    Status:
    Approved

  • Northern Shrike
    1
  • Northern Shrike (Lanius excubitor) - 1


    Observer:
    Matthew Igleski
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-21 12:32
    Status:
    Approved

  • Gray Jay
    4
  • Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) - 4


    Observer:
    Matthew Igleski
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-21 12:32
    Status:
    Approved

  • Blue Jay
    1
  • Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) - 1


    Observer:
    Matthew Igleski
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-21 12:32
    Status:
    Approved

  • Black-billed Magpie
    2
  • Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia) - 2


    Observer:
    Matthew Igleski
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-21 12:32
    Status:
    Approved

  • American Crow
    8
  • American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) - 8


    Observer:
    Matthew Igleski
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-21 12:32
    Status:
    Approved

  • Common Raven
    2
  • Common Raven (Corvus corax) - 2


    Observer:
    Matthew Igleski
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-21 12:32
    Status:
    Approved

  • Black-capped Chickadee
    38
  • Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) - 38


    Observer:
    Matthew Igleski
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-21 12:32
    Status:
    Approved

  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
    3
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) - 3


    Observer:
    Matthew Igleski
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-21 12:32
    Status:
    Approved

  • White-breasted Nuthatch
    1
  • White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) - 1


    Observer:
    Matthew Igleski
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-21 12:32
    Status:
    Approved

  • Purple Finch
    1
  • Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) - 1


    Observer:
    Matthew Igleski
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-21 12:32
    Status:
    Approved

  • Common Redpoll
    4
  • Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) - 4


    Observer:
    Matthew Igleski
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-21 12:32
    Status:
    Approved

  • Evening Grosbeak
    6
  • Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) - 6


    Observer:
    Matthew Igleski
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-21 12:32
    Status:
    Approved

  • Downy Woodpecker
    3
  • Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) - 3


    Observer:
    Ginger Spinelli
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-21 11:45
    Status:
    Approved

  • Hairy Woodpecker
    1
  • Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) - 1


    Observer:
    Ginger Spinelli
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-21 11:45
    Status:
    Approved

  • Great Gray Owl
    1
  • Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) - 1


    Observer:
    Thomas Burns
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-21 07:53
    Status:
    Approved

  • Pileated Woodpecker
    1
  • Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) - 1


    Observer:
    Thomas Burns
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-21 07:53
    Status:
    Approved

  • Pine Grosbeak
    1
  • Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator) - 1


    Observer:
    Thomas Burns
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-21 07:53
    Status:
    Approved

  • Ruffed Grouse
    9
  • Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus) - 9


    Observer:
    Matthew Igleski
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-21 07:44
    Status:
    Approved

  • Rock Pigeon
    16
  • Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) - 16


    Observer:
    Matthew Igleski
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-21 07:44
    Status:
    Approved

  • White-winged Crossbill
    20
  • White-winged Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera) - 20


    Observer:
    Matthew Igleski
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-21 07:44
    Status:
    Approved

  • Pine Siskin
    30
  • Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) - 30


    Observer:
    Matthew Igleski
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-21 07:44
    Status:
    Approved

  • American Goldfinch
    27
  • American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) - 27


    Observer:
    Matthew Igleski
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-21 07:44
    Status:
    Approved

  • Wild Turkey
    9
  • Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) - 9


    Observer:
    Ginger Spinelli
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-20 10:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • European Starling
    5
  • European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) - 5


    Observer:
    Nan & Scott Wisherd
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-19 10:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Northern Goshawk
    1
  • Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) - 1


    Observer:
    Rebecca Engdahl
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-17 12:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • Snow Bunting
    15
  • Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) - 15


    Observer:
    Rebecca Engdahl
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-17 12:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • Sharp-tailed Grouse
    8
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus) - 8


    Observer:
    Tim Stuck
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-16 10:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Mourning Dove
    1
  • Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) - 1


    Observer:
    Richie Cutts
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-16 07:34
    Status:
    Approved

  • Black-backed Woodpecker
    2
  • Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus) - 2


    Observer:
    Ryan Brady
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-16 07:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • Boreal Chickadee
    1
  • Boreal Chickadee (Poecile hudsonicus) - 1


    Observer:
    Ryan Brady
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-16 07:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • Brown Creeper
    1
  • Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) - 1


    Observer:
    Ryan Brady
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-16 07:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • Golden-crowned Kinglet
    1
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) - 1


    Observer:
    Ryan Brady
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-16 07:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • Hoary Redpoll
    1
  • Hoary Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) - 1


    Observer:
    Ryan Brady
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-16 07:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • House Finch
    1
  • House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) - 1


    Observer:
    Susan Quinn
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-14 07:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • Red Crossbill
    6
  • Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) - 6


    Observer:
    Bonnie Graham
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-14 07:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • Rough-legged Hawk
    1
  • Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) - 1


    Observer:
    Greg Hottman
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-08 13:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Ring-necked Pheasant
    1
  • Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) - 1


    Observer:
    Ryan Steiner
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-06 07:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • House Sparrow
    1
  • House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) - 1


    Observer:
    Ken Milender
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-01 08:16
    Status:
    Approved

  • American Robin
  • American Robin (Turdus migratorius) -


    Observer:
    Rob Daves
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-12-30 13:15
    Status:
    Approved

  • Spruce Grouse
    1
  • Spruce Grouse (Falcipennis canadensis) - 1


    Observer:
    Susie H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-12-30 10:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) - 1


    Observer:
    Susie H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-12-30 10:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • White-throated Sparrow
    1
  • White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) - 1


    Observer:
    Susie H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-12-30 10:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • Northern Cardinal
    2
  • Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) - 2


    Observer:
    Susie H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-12-30 10:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • Dark-eyed Junco
    1
  • Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) - 1


    Observer:
    Colin Dobson
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-12-30 08:45
    Status:
    Approved

  • Canada Goose
    3
  • Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) - 3


    Observer:
    Alexander Clark
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-12-30 07:30
    Status:
    Approved

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