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Sarah Beaster—2018 Big Half Year


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RUN…Bird      SKI…Bird      HIKE…Bird      BIKE…Bird     

WALK…Bird      YOGA…Bird       PLAY with the KIDS…Bird

You get the picture.

Updated total: 15 species

  • Cardinal
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • White Breasted Nuthatch
  • Red Breasted Nuthatch
  • Junco
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Blue Jay
  • Redpoll
  • House Finch
  • Bald Eagle
  • Crow
  • Raven

2/28/18 Update

February’s crisp temperatures and decent snowfall for most of the month provided many days of skiing adventures. Not many birds to add to the list, but I enjoyed a long look at a Pileated Woodpecker very intent on finding bugs in a snag right next to me, flinging bark chunks on the trail at Lester Park. Most likely others enjoyed this as well, as the Pileated did not seemed fazed by the presence of skiers. Just hungry in the below zero temps! Also enjoyed listening to a large flock of Redpolls at the Piedmont Ski Trail.

1/31/18 Update

Tree Pose, Vrksasana, in the kitchen and there soars a Bald Eagle through our backyard in pursuit of a sea gull presumably with the Bald Eagle’s lunch?  That one’s going on my list!

1/20/18 Update

Skiing and running in Duluth City Parks was rather quiet for the first half of January with temperatures barely above zero. Only the chickadees, nuthatches, and corvids were spotted. All that changed as temperatures warmed considerably later in the month. While skiing at Piedmont, a black-backed woodpecker flew right in front of my daughter to land in a snag not ten feet away (unfortunately we couldn’t get the camera out in time!), but we enjoyed great looks at a beautiful gold-orange cap and sheer black back! A real treat! Then we spotted a blue jay and my other daughter and I had fun watching a ruffed grouse trying to balance in a sapling.

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