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Sparky Stensaas—2018 Big Half Year

Sparky Stensaas Big Half Year—SAX-ZIM BOG BIRDS & CRITTERS

Donate to Sparky’s Big Half Year HERE

My Big Half Year:

Photography and video are my passion when it comes to birds. So from January 1 through June 30, 2018 I am going to see how many bird & other critter species in the Sax-Zim Bog I can photograph and film…But not just snapshots, I want really good and creative images, and shots/video showing behavior.

About Me:

I am the Founder and Executive Director of Friends of Sax-Zim Bog. I have been birding the Sax-Zim Bog since 1982. I started FOSZB in order to give the Sax-Zim Bog a voice….Previously there was no protection, There was no Gateway experience, no education. With our dedicated staff, board and volunteers, we are changing all that.

Boreal Owl [March 2, 2018]

Great Gray Owl at intersection of Owl Avenue and Arkola.  “I know there’s a vole down there” [February 27, 2018]

Muskrat along Stickney Road. Unlike Beavers, Muskrat do not store food for the winter. If they run out, they must come “above snow” to search for food. There have been many out and about during warmer days in February this year. I’ve seen up to 4 in one day! One even ran up and sniffed my boot, then promptly crawled up in the undercarriage of my van!

Black-backed Woodpecker male at East Stone Lake Bog. These boreal woodpeckers are usually only found in Black Spruce and Tamarack bogs, but during years of irruptions (like this winter), they will even feed on pines and aspens, such as this guy is doing here. I watched him excavate a nice-sized beetle grub from this aspen. [February 17, 2018]

Northern Hawk Owl along McDavitt Road. This is actually a single frame extracted from a video clip. [January 2018]

Pine Grosbeak at Loretta’s feeders

Hoary Redpoll male at Welcome Center on Owl Avenue. This has been a good redpoll year, but as usual, 99 percent are Commons. Not the male’s pinkish wash to the breast. [February 2018]

Barred Owl across the road from the cabin and sauna on McDavitt Road [February 2018]

Ermine under a deer rib cage at the Welcome Center [January 2018]

Ermine under a deer rib cage at the Welcome Center [January 2018]

Female Hoary Redpoll at Welcome Center [January 2018]

Preening Black-backed Woodpecker male at bog along Nichols Lake Road [January 2018]

White-tailed Deer buck [February 2018]

White-tailed Deer buck and doe [February 2018]

Northern Shrike along Stone Lake Road [January 2018]

Northern Shrike along Stone Lake Road [January 2018]

Boreal Owl along CR133 just east of Warren Nelson Memorial Bog [February 2018]

Sharp-tailed Grouse at Racek farm [February 2018]

NINE Sharp-tailed Grouse feeding on birch buds at Racek farm [February 2018]

Common Redpoll at Mary Lou’s feeders [February 2018]

Evening Grosbeak at Mary Lou’s feeders [February 2018]

Boreal Owl along CR133 just east of Blue Spruce Road [February 2018]

Gray Jay at East Stone Lake Bog [February 17, 2018]

Star-nosed Mole along CR7  [January 2018]

Great Gray Owl at intersection of Owl Avenue and Arkola [February 27, 2018]

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