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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.

About me: I am the Development Director at Friends of Sax-Zim Bog and take care of donations, memberships, administration, coordinating volunteers, and grantwriting. I’m also doing kestrel nest box volunteering again this year and looking forward to that.

Big HALF Year Total: 33 species

4/30/18 Update
Crazy month of cold temps and snow, still enjoying skiing and the birds are returning. Heard many geese flying overhead and the first white throated sparrow singing towards the end of the month. Spent the last weekend of the month at the U of M in Minneapolis. While walking the campus my daughter spied a Turkey entering the U of M Hospital emergency room. The doors automatically opened and in she walked (the turkey, that is)! A quick stopover near Grantsburg, Wisconsin provided glimpses at several new species to add to the BHY list.

Bird species added:
Canada goose
Gull sp.
Common Grackle
White Throated Sparrow
Common Loon
Red Winged Blackbird
Trumpeter Swan
Blue Winged Teal
Wood Duck
Morning Dove

3/31/18 Update
Many days spent skiing,  hiking, and running on snow covered trails this month with warmer temps mid-month.

Bird species added:
Hoary Redpoll
Pine Sisken

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.

Bird species added:
Pileated Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker

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!

Bird species added:
Bald Eagle
House Finch
Common Redpoll

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.

Bird species added:
Black-capped Chickadee
Downy Woodpecker
Black Backed Woodbecker
White Breasted Nuthatch
Red Breasted Nuthatch
Blue Jay
Ruffed Grouse