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Bird Report

SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Monday February 26, 2024.

NOTES

  1. WELCOME CENTER is open through March 10, 2024 — 10 am to 3 pm daily.
  2. 2024 BIRDING MAP AVAILABLE ONLINE and at Welcome Center.
  3. Please remember to be kind and courteous when out birding; Only park on one side of the road; Watch your rear-view mirror for faster traffic; Respect private property; The bird’s/mammal’s welfare is always first, and is more important than your photo.
  4. When viewing the”Greenhouse Hawk Owl” please only park on the EAST SIDE OF CR7. Do not block the Byrn’s Greenhouse driveway or mailbox. Do not walk down their driveway. Do not walk in the driving lane…This is a 55 mph road.
  5. STAY OFF RAILROAD RIGHT OF WAYS. This is not only dangerous (Many trains use these tracks daily) but also very illegal. Don’t give all birders a bad name.
  6. It is okay to move logs/perches at the Admiral Road feeders, but only do so after asking permission from all who are standing around. Don’t assume it is okay with everyone please. Okay for visitors to put peanut butter out for birds.

Great Gray Owls: Mysteriously, very few sightings over the last month. But they are still here and Admiral Road at dusk has been the best bet. Remember, they can possibly be found ANYWHERE THERE IS BOG. Check Admiral Road, McDavitt, CR 7, Overton west of Welcome Center, Owl Avenue, and Arkola for the first mile east of Owl Avenue.

Northern Hawk Owl: Has been quite regular along CR7 near Byrns Greenhouse. You may have to make multiple trips to find it though. **Only park on east side SHOULDER of CR7! Do not block driveway or mailbox. Stay off roadway please.

Barred Owl: Quite a few sightings this winter but not many lately. 

Snowy Owl: Sadly the Snowy Owl that has been hunting near the curve on CR7 between Sax Road and CR52/Arkola was hit and killed by a train today. It had been hunting very near both the highway and railroad tracks for a week, making everybody nervous. Owls in general have little awareness of the danger of cars or trains. We will miss this arctic beauty!

Rough-legged Hawks: Still a few around the Bog. Dark morph and light morph birds. Fields, meadows along CR7 is always good place to check.

American Goshawk: They could be anywhere in the Bog. Multiple recent sightings.

Ruffed Grouse: Best looked for at dawn and dusk when they actively feed on birch and aspen buds. This is when they are active because their main predator, the Goshawk, is mainly hunting in the daylight hours.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Not many around but Coyote flushed a covey south of Sax Road.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Recent sightings along Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at Warren Nelson Bog, Bob Russell Bogwalk at Winterberry Bog, and Admiral Road north of the feeders. Could be found anywhere there are spruce or tamaracks.

Canada Jay: Can be found anywhere there is Black Spruce bog. Try pishing and squeeking. They are already gathering nesting material.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, and farm fields along CR229.

Boreal Chickadee: Has been coming regularly to the North feeders along Admiral Road (just 1/4mile N of main feeders). Check Judd’s feeders on Arkola just east of Owl Ave. Could be in mixed flocks with Black-cappeds anywhere in Black Spruce bogs.

Brown Creeper: One seen at Admiral Road feeders. They will eat suet in winter.

Northern Shrike: Many sightings scattered about the Bog. Look for a robin-sized bird teed up on the tip-top of trees…or on telephone wires. Stone Lake Road and CR7 are good roads to check.

Pine Grosbeaks: Very few around this winter due to good seed supplies farther north. Several seen at Judd’s feeders on Arkola just east of Owl Ave.

Evening Grosbeaks: Morning is the most reliable time to see flocks. Many at Mary Lou’s feeders (mainly in morning), and also at Sisu Feeders at the Zabin on McDavitt and the Driskell’s feeders just north of Zabin  None at the Welcome Center this winter.

White-winged Crossbills: Rare this winter. A few small flocks are being seen in scattered locations. If you hear their flight call, start pishing. They will often come right in. Feed on seeds of Black Spruce and Tamarack cones. Good cone crops in central Canada so most will not come south this winter.

Common Redpolls: Coming to bird feeders now in good numbers, including Welcome Center, Mary Lou’s, Admiral Road feeder north etc. 
Hoary Redpoll: Multiple documented recently at Admiral Road North feeders and also at Welcome Center feeders behind Lois King Education Center (feeder visible from inside the building).

Snow Buntings: Rarely seen this winter but scattered flocks encountered. 

Mammals: Pine Marten coming regularly to Admiral Road feeders but on an irregular time schedule. At least 2 Ermine have been seen feeding on rib cages at Welcome Center. Ermine also occasionally at Judds feeders on Arkola Rd just east of Owl Avenue. Watch for Snowshoe Hares at Auggie’s Boardwalk and Warren Nelson Bog Boardwalk.  Recent sightings of Red Fox, Gray Fox, Timber Wolf, Bobcat as well. 

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Friday February 16, 2024.

NOTES

  1. WELCOME CENTER is open from December 2, 2023 to March 10, 2024 — 10 am to 3 pm daily.
  2. 2024 BIRDING MAP AVAILABLE ONLINE and at Welcome Center.
  3. Please remember to be kind and courteous when out birding; Only park on one side of the road; Watch your rear-view mirror for faster traffic; Respect private property; The bird’s/mammal’s welfare is always first, and is more important than your photo.
  4. Do not park on Zim Road. This is a 55mph paved road with NO shoulders. Park on a side road and walk on narrow shoulder.
  5. It is okay to move logs/perches at the Admiral Road feeders, but only do so after asking permission from all who are standing around. Don’t assume it is okay with everyone please. Okay for visitors to put peanut butter out for birds.

Great Gray Owls: Mysteriously, very few sightings in last two weeks. But they are still here. Best to get out at dawn. Remember, they can possibly be found ANYWHERE THERE IS BOG. Check Admiral Road, McDavitt, CR 7, Overton west of Welcome Center, Owl Avenue, and Arkola for the first mile east of Owl Avenue.

Northern Hawk Owl: Has been quite regular along CR7 near Byrns Greenhouse. You may have to make multiple trips to find it though. **Only park on east side SHOULDER of CR7! Stay off roadway please.

Barred Owl: Check Owl Avenue near Correction Line. 

Snowy Owl: Presumably two different birds have shown up recently. A very white male has been seen in the fields near the intersection of CR7 and Sax Road (but also as far south as the curve on CR7). Also one seen along Poplar Road south of Arkola/CR52.

Rough-legged Hawks: Still a few around the Bog. Dark morph and light morph birds. Fields, meadows along CR7 is always good place to check.

American Goshawk: They could be anywhere in the Bog. Multiple recent sightings.

Ruffed Grouse: Best looked for at dawn and dusk when they actively feed on birch and aspen buds. This is when they are active because their main predator, the Goshawk, is mainly hunting in the daylight hours.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Not many around but one was seen on the Sax-Zim CBC on Dec. 18 along Kolu.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Recent sightings along Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at Warren Nelson Bog, Bob Russell Bogwalk at Winterberry Bog, and Admiral Road north of the feeders. Also one seen in the spruces on west end of Nichols Lake Road (please stay on road). Could be found anywhere there are spruce or tamaracks.

Canada Jay: Can be found anywhere there is Black Spruce bog. Try pishing and squeeking. 43 recorded on Sax-Zim CBC on Dec. 18.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, and farm fields along CR229.

Boreal Chickadee: Has been coming regularly to the North feeders along Admiral Road (just 1/4mile N of main feeders). Check Judd’s feeders on Arkola just east of Owl Ave. Could be anywhere there are chickadees in Black Spruce bog.

Brown Creeper: One seen at Admiral Road feeders recently. They will eat suet in winter.

Northern Shrike: Many sightings scattered about the Bog. Look for a robin-sized bird teed up on the tip-top of trees…or on telephone wires. Stone Lake Road and CR7 are good roads to check.

Pine Grosbeaks: Very few around this winter due to good seed supplies farther north. Six recorded at the Welcome Center for the Sax-Zim CBC on Dec. 18.

Evening Grosbeaks: Many at Mary Lou’s feeders (mainly in morning), and also at Sisu Feeders at the Zabin on McDavitt (50+) and the Driskell’s feeders just north of Zabin (**Note that researchers will be banding the birds at Driskell’s feeders starting today. Please avoid these feeders for the next week. Thanks). None at the Welcome Center this winter so far.

White-winged Crossbills: Rare this winter. A few small flocks are being seen in scattered locations. If you hear their flight call, start pishing. They will often come right in. Feed on seeds of Black Spruce and Tamarack cones. Good cone crops in central Canada so most will not come south this winter.

Common Redpolls: Coming to bird feeders now in good numbers, including Welcome Center, Mary Lou’s, Admiral Road feeder north etc. Many small flocks scattered about the Bog. They pish in easily. 
Hoary Redpoll: Multiple documented recently at Admiral Road North feeders and also at Welcome Center “mega-feeder” near parking lot and feeder behind Lois King Education Center (feeder visible from inside the building).

Snow Buntings: Rarely seen this winter. Last seen along CR5. 

Mammals: Pine Martens (4 different individuals) coming daily to Admiral Road feeders on an irregular schedule. At least 2 Ermine have been seen feeding on rib cages at Welcome Center. Ermine also at Judds feeders on Arkola Rd just east of Owl Avenue. Watch for Snowshoe Hares at Auggie’s Boardwalk and Warren Nelson Bog Boardwalk.  Recent sightings of Red Fox, Gray Fox, Timber Wolf, Bobcat as well. Individual Moose have been seen recently and three Moose seen together along CR133 east of Meadowlands a month ago.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Friday February 9, 2024.

NOTES

  1. WELCOME CENTER is open from December 2, 2023 to March 10, 2024 — 10 am to 3 pm daily.
  2. 2024 BIRDING MAP AVAILABLE ONLINE and at Welcome Center.
  3. Please remember to be kind and courteous when out birding; Only park on one side of the road; Watch your rear-view mirror for faster traffic; Respect private property; The bird’s/mammal’s welfare is always first, and is more important than your photo.
  4. Do not park on Zim Road. This is a 55mph paved road with NO shoulders. Park on a side road and walk on narrow shoulder.
  5. It is okay to move logs/perches at the Admiral Road feeders, but only do so after asking permission from all who are standing around. Don’t assume it is okay with everyone please. Okay for visitors to put peanut butter out for birds.

Great Gray Owls: Sightings have been fairly regular recently. Best to get out at dawn. Remember, they can possibly be found ANYWHERE THERE IS BOG. Check Admiral Road, McDavitt, CR 7, Overton west of Welcome Center, Owl Avenue, and Arkola for the first mile east of Owl Avenue.

Northern Hawk Owl: Has been quite regular along CR7 near Byrns Greenhouse. You may have to make multiple trips to find it though. **Only park on east side SHOULDER of CR7! Stay off roadway please.

Barred Owl: Check Owl Avenue near Correction Line. 

Rough-legged Hawks: Still a few around the Bog. Dark morph and light morph birds. Fields, meadows along CR7 is always good place to check.

American Goshawk: They could be anywhere in the Bog. Multiple recent sightings.

Ruffed Grouse: Best looked for at dawn and dusk when they actively feed on birch and aspen buds. This is when they are active because their main predator, the Goshawk, is mainly hunting in the daylight hours.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Not many around but one was seen on the Sax-Zim CBC on Dec. 18 along Kolu.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Recent sightings along Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at Warren Nelson Bog, and Admiral Road north of the feeders. Also one seen in the spruces on west end of Nichols Lake Road (please stay on road). Could be found anywhere there are spruce or tamaracks.

Canada Jay: Can be found anywhere there is Black Spruce bog. Try pishing and squeeking. 43 recorded on Sax-Zim CBC on Dec. 18.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, and farm fields along CR229.

Boreal Chickadee: Has been coming regularly to the North feeders along Admiral Road (just 1/4mile N of main feeders). Check Judd’s feeders on Arkola just east of Owl Ave. Could be anywhere there are chickadees in Black Spruce bog.

Brown Creeper: One seen at Admiral Road feeders recently. They will eat suet in winter.

Northern Shrike: Many sightings scattered about the Bog. Look for a robin-sized bird teed up on the tip-top of trees…or on telephone wires. Stone Lake Road and CR7 are good roads to check.

Pine Grosbeaks: Very few around this winter due to good seed supplies farther north. Six recorded at the Welcome Center for the Sax-Zim CBC on Dec. 18.

Evening Grosbeaks: Many at Mary Lou’s feeders (mainly in morning), and also at Sisu Feeders at the Zabin on McDavitt (50+) and the Driskell’s feeders just north of Zabin. None at the Welcome Center this winter so far.

White-winged Crossbills: Rare this winter. A few small flocks are being seen in scattered locations. If you hear their flight call, start pishing. They will often come right in. Feed on seeds of Black Spruce and Tamarack cones. Good cone crops in central Canada so most will not come south this winter.

Common Redpolls: Coming to bird feeders now in good numbers, including Welcome Center, Mary Lou’s, Admiral Road feeder north etc. Many small flocks scattered about the Bog. They pish in easily. 
Hoary Redpoll: Multiple documented recently at Admiral Road North feeders and also at Welcome Center “mega-feeder” near parking lot and feeder behind Lois King Education Center (feeder visible from inside the building).

Snow Buntings: Rarely seen this winter. Last seen along CR5. 

Mammals: Pine Martens (4 different individuals) coming daily to Admiral Road feeders on an irregular schedule. At least 2 Ermine have been seen feeding on rib cages at Welcome Center. Ermine also at Judds feeders on Arkola Rd just east of Owl Avenue. Watch for Snowshoe Hares at Auggie’s Boardwalk and Warren Nelson Bog Boardwalk.  Recent sightings of Red Fox, Gray Fox, Timber Wolf, Bobcat as well. Three Moose seen along CR133 east of Meadowlands a couple weeks ago.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Wednesday, January 27, 2024.

NOTES

  1. WELCOME CENTER is open from December 2, 2023 to March 10, 2024 — 10 am to 3 pm daily.
  2. 2024 BIRDING MAP AVAILABLE ONLINE and at Welcome Center.
  3. Please remember to be kind and courteous when out birding; Only park on one side of the road; Watch your rear-view mirror for faster traffic; Respect private property; The bird’s/mammal’s welfare is always first, and is more important than your photo.
  4. Do not park on Zim Road. This is a 55mph paved road with NO shoulders. Park on a side road and walk on narrow shoulder.
  5. It is okay to move logs/perches at the Admiral Road feeders, but only do so after asking permission from all who are standing around. Don’t assume it is okay with everyone please. Okay for visitors to put peanut butter out for birds.

Great Gray Owls: Sightings have been fairly regular recently. Best to get out at dawn. Remember, they can possibly be found ANYWHERE THERE IS BOG. Check Overton west of Welcome Center, Owl Avenue, Admiral Road, McDavitt, CR 7 and Arkola for the first mile east of Owl Avenue.

Northern Hawk Owl: Has been quite regular along CR7 near Byrns Greenhouse. You may have to make multiple trips to find it though. **Only park on east side SHOULDER of CR7! Stay off roadway please.

Barred Owl: Check Owl Avenue near Correction Line. 

Rough-legged Hawks: Still a few around but starting to vacate the Bog. Fields, meadows along CR7 is always good place to check.

Ruffed Grouse: Best looked for at dawn and dusk when they actively feed on birch and aspen buds. This is when they are active because their main predator, the Goshawk, is mainly hunting in the daylight hours.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Not many around but one was seen on the Sax-Zim CBC on Dec. 18 along Kolu.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Recent sightings at end of Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at Warren Nelson Bog, and Admiral Road north of the feeders. Could be found anywhere there are spruce or tamaracks.

Canada Jay: Can be found anywhere there is Black Spruce bog. Try pishing and squeeking. 43 recorded on Sax-Zim CBC on Dec. 18.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, and farm fields along CR229.

Boreal Chickadee: Has been coming regularly to the North feeders along Admiral Road (just 1/4mile N of main feeders). Check Judd’s feeders on Arkola just east of Owl Ave. Could be anywhere there are chickadees in Black Spruce bog.

Northern Shrike: Many sightings scattered about the Bog. Look for a robin-sized bird teed up on the tip-top of trees…or on telephone wires.

Pine Grosbeaks: Very few around this winter due to good seed supplies farther north. Six recorded at the Welcome Center for the Sax-Zim CBC on Dec. 18.

Evening Grosbeaks: Many at Mary Lou’s feeders, and also at Sisu Feeders at the Zabin on McDavitt (50+). None at the Welcome Center this winter so far.

White-winged Crossbills: Rare this winter. A few small flocks are being seen in scattered locations. If you hear their flight call, start pishing. They will often come right in. Feed on seeds of Black Spruce and Tamarack cones. Good cone crops in central Canada so most will not come south this winter.

Common Redpolls: Just starting to come to bird feeders now, including Welcome Center, Mary Lou’s, etc. Many small flocks scattered about the Bog. They pish in easily. 
Hoary Redpoll: One documented recently at Welcome Center “mega-feeder” near parking lot.

Snow Buntings: Rarely seen this winter. 

Mammals: Pine Martens (4 different individuals) coming daily to Admiral Road feeders on an irregular schedule. At least 2 Ermine have been seen feeding on rib cages at Welcome Center. Watch for Snowshoe Hares at Auggie’s Boardwalk and Warren Nelson Bog Boardwalk.  Recent sightings of Red Fox, Gray Fox, Timber Wolf, Bobcat as well. Three Moose seen along CR133 east of Meadowlands a week ago.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Wednesday, January 17, 2024.

NOTES

  1. WELCOME CENTER is open from December 2, 2023 to March 10, 2024 — 10 am to 3 pm daily.
  2. 2024 BIRDING MAP AVAILABLE ONLINE and at Welcome Center.
  3. Please remember to be kind and courteous when out birding; Only park on one side of the road; Watch your rear-view mirror for faster traffic; Respect private property; The bird’s/mammal’s welfare is always first, and is more important than your photo.
  4. Do not park on Zim Road. This is a 55mph paved road with NO shoulders. Park on a side road and walk on narrow shoulder.
  5. It is okay to move logs/perches at the Admiral Road feeders, but only do so after asking permission from all who are standing around. Don’t assume it is okay with everyone please. Okay for visitors to put peanut butter out for birds.

Great Gray Owls: Sightings have been fairly regular recently. Best to get out at dawn. Remember, they can possibly be found ANYWHERE THERE IS BOG. Check Overton west of Welcome Center, Owl Avenue, Admiral Road, McDavitt, CR 7 and Arkola for the first mile east of Owl Avenue.

Northern Hawk Owl: Has been quite regular along CR7 near Byrns Greenhouse. You may have to make multiple trips to find it though. One has also been seen recently up near Cook, Minnesota along MN73.

Barred Owl: One seen along south end of Owl Avenue since first found in mid December. 

Golden Eagle: One has been seen recently moving around the Bog…CR29, Arkola west of CR7, and other locations. Scan the sky near road-killed deer carcasses.

Rough-legged Hawks: Quite a few around, mainly along CR7 but also any open area. Sax-Zim CBC recorded 29 on Dec. 18. They will likely stick around until we get deep snow.

Ruffed Grouse: Best looked for at dawn and dusk when they actively feed on birch and aspen buds. This is when they are active because their main predator, the Goshawk, is mainly hunting in the daylight hours.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Not many around but one was seen on the Sax-Zim CBC on Dec. 18 along Kolu.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Recent sightings at Bob Russel Bogwalk at Winterberry Bog, and Admiral Road north of the feeders. Could be found anywhere there are spruce or tamaracks.

Canada Jay: Can be found anywhere there is Black Spruce bog. Try pishing and squeeking. 43 recorded on Sax-Zim CBC on Dec. 18.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, Auggie’s Bogwalk and farm fields along CR229.

Boreal Chickadee: Has been coming regularly to the North feeders along Admiral Road (just 1/4mile N of main feeders). Check Judd’s feeders on Arkola just east of Owl Ave. Could be anywhere there are chickadees in black spruce bog.

Northern Shrike: Many sightings scattered about the Bog. Look for a robin-sized bird teed up on the tip-top of trees…or on telephone wires.

Bohemian Waxwing: Over 100 in one flock recorded on the Sax-Zim CBC on Dec. 18. Check any fruit trees in and around Meadowlands. This is a rare species in Sax-Zim.

Pine Grosbeaks: Very few around this winter due to good seed supplies farther north. Six recorded at the Welcome Center for the Sax-Zim CBC on Dec. 18.

Evening Grosbeaks: Many at Mary Lou’s feeders, and also at Sisu Feeders at the Zabin on McDavitt (50+). None at the Welcome Center this winter so far.

White-winged Crossbills: Rare this winter. A few small flocks are being seen in scattered locations. If you hear their flight call, start pishing. They will often come right in. Feed on seeds of Black Spruce and Tamarack cones. Good cone crops in central Canada so most will not come south this winter.

Common Redpolls: Many small flocks scattered about the Bog. They pish in easily. Not many coming to feeders yet.

Snow Buntings: Rarely seen this winter. No recent reports

Mammals: Pine Martens (4 different individuals) coming daily to Admiral Road feeders on an irregular schedule. At least 2 Ermine have been seen feeding on rib cages at Welcome Center. Watch for Snowshoe Hares at Auggie’s Boardwalk and Warren Nelson Bog Boardwalk.  Recent sightings of Red Fox, Gray Fox, Timber Wolf, Bobcat as well.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Tuesday, January 2, 2024.

NOTES

  1. WELCOME CENTER is open from December 2, 2023 to March 10, 2024 — 10 am to 3 pm daily.
  2. 2024 BIRDING MAP AVAILABLE ONLINE and at Welcome Center.
  3. Please remember to be kind and courteous when out birding; Only park on one side of the road; Watch your rear-view mirror for faster traffic; Respect private property; The bird’s/mammal’s welfare is always first, and is more important than your photo.
  4. McDavitt and Kolu Roads are in tough shape. Please go slow and be careful!
  5. It is okay to move logs/perches at the Admiral Road feeders, but only do so after asking permission from all who are standing around. Don’t assume it is okay with everyone please.

Great Gray Owls: Sightings have been hit-and-miss along McDavitt Road recently. Best to get out at dawn. Remember, they can possibly be found ANYWHERE THERE IS BOG. Also check Owl Avenue, Admiral Road, and Arkola for the first mile east of Owl Avenue.

Northern Hawk Owl: The one seen a few weeks ago along CR7 just south of the Byrns Greenhouse has not been seen since. One has been seen recently up near Cook, Minnesota along MN73.

Barred Owl: One seen along south end of Owl Avenue since first found on the Sax-Zim CBC in mid December. 

Rough-legged Hawks: Quite a few around, mainly along CR7 but also any open area. Sax-Zim CBC recorded 29 on Dec. 18. They will likely stick around until we get deep snow.

Ruffed Grouse: Best looked for at dawn and dusk when they actively feed on birch and aspen buds. This is when they are active because their main predator, the Goshawk, is mainly hunting in the daylight hours.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Not many around but one was seen on the Sax-Zim CBC on Dec. 18 along Kolu.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Recent sightings at Judd’s feeders along Arkola just 1/4 mile east of Owl Ave. on North side of road, and Admiral Road north of the feeders. Could be found anywhere there are spruce or tamaracks.

Canada Jay: Can be found anywhere there is Black Spruce bog. Try pishing and squeeking. 43 recorded on Sax-Zim CBC on Dec. 18.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, Auggie’s Bogwalk and farm fields along CR229.

Boreal Chickadee: Check Judd’s feeders on Arkola just east of Owl Ave. Could be anywhere there are chickadees in black spruce bog.

Northern Shrike: Many sightings scattered about the Bog. Look for a robin-sized bird teed up on the tip-top of trees…or on telephone wires.

Bohemian Waxwing: Over 100 in one flock recorded on the Sax-Zim CBC on Dec. 18. Check any fruit trees in and around Meadowlands.

Pine Grosbeaks: Very few around this winter due to good seed supplies farther north. Six recorded at the Welcome Center for the Sax-Zim CBC on Dec. 18.

Evening Grosbeaks: Many at Mary Lou’s feeders, and also at Sisu Feeders at the Zabin on McDavitt (50+). None at the Welcome Center this winter so far.

White-winged Crossbills: Rare this winter. A few small flocks are being seen in scattered locations. If you hear their flight call, start pishing. They will often come right in. Feed on seeds of Black Spruce and Tamarack cones. Good cone crops in central Canada so most will not come south this winter.

Common Redpolls: Many small flocks scattered about the Bog. They pish in easily. Not many coming to feeders yet.

Snow Buntings: There were a few small flocks in the Bog last few weeks. Check CR5 near Aleshes Accommodations, but my guess is that they will be heading south due to the increased snow depth.

Mammals: Pine Martens (4 different individuals) coming daily to Admiral Road feeders on an irregular schedule. At least 2 Ermine have been seen feeding on rib cages at Welcome Center. Watch for Snowshoe Hares at Auggie’s Boardwalk and Warren Nelson Bog Boardwalk. Bobcat tracks have been seen near the Welcome Center.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Saturday, December 22, 2023.

NOTES

  1. WELCOME CENTER is open from December 2, 2023 to March 10, 2024 — 10 am to 3 pm daily.
  2. 2024 BIRDING MAP AVAILABLE ONLINE and at Welcome Center.
  3. Please remember to be kind and courteous when out birding; Only park on one side of the road; Watch your rear-view mirror for faster traffic; Respect private property; The bird’s/mammal’s welfare is always first, and is more important than your photo.

The welcome center will be CLOSED on Christmas Day, but OPEN on New Years Eve & New Years Day.

Great Gray Owls: Up to 4 seen along McDavitt Road recently. Best to get out at dawn. Remember, they can possibly be found ANYWHERE THERE IS BOG. Also check Owl Avenue and Admiral Road.

Northern Hawk Owl: One seen a week ago along CR7 just south of the Byrns Greenhouse. Not seen in last week.

Barred Owl: One seen along south end of Owl Avenue recently. 

Rough-legged Hawks: Quite a few around, mainly along CR7 but also any open area. Sax-Zim CBC recorded 29 on Dec. 18. They will likely stick around until we get deep snow.

Red-tailed Hawk: Very unusual in winter, but one is lingering along CR133 between Meadowlands and CR7.

Ruffed Grouse: Best looked for at dawn and dusk when they actively feed on birch and aspen buds. This is when they are active because their main predator, the Goshawk, is mainly hunting in the daylight hours.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Not many around but one was seen on the Sax-Zim CBC on Dec. 18 along Kolu.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Recent sightings at Judd’s feeders along Arkola just east of Owl Ave. and Admiral Road north of the feeders. Could be anywhere there are spruce or tamaracks.

Canada Jay: Can be found anywhere there is Black Spruce bog. Try pishing and squeeking. 43 recorded on Sax-Zim CBC on Dec. 18.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, Auggie’s Bogwalk and farm fields along CR229.

Boreal Chickadee: Check Judd’s feeders on Arkola just east of Owl Ave. Could be anywhere there are chickadees in black spruce bog.

Northern Shrike: Many sightings scattered about the Bog. Look for a robin-sized bird teed up on the tip-top of trees…or on telephone wires.

Bohemian Waxwing: Over 100 in one flock recorded on the Sax-Zim CBC on Dec. 18. Check any fruit trees in and around Meadowlands.

Pine Grosbeaks: Very few around this winter due to good seed supplies farther north. Six recorded at the Welcome Center for the Sax-Zim CBC on Dec. 18.

Evening Grosbeaks: Many at Mary Lou’s feeders, and also at Sisu Feeders at the Zabin on McDavitt.

White-winged Crossbills: A few small flocks are being seen in scattered locations. If you hear their flight call, start pishing. They will often come right in. Feed on seeds of Black Spruce and Tamarack cones. Good cone crops in central Canada so most will not come south this winter.

Common Redpolls: Many small flocks scattered about the Bog. They pish in easily. Not many coming to feeders yet.

Snow Buntings: There were a few small flocks in the Bog last few weeks. Check CR5 near Aleshes Accommodations, but my guess is that they will be heading south due to the increased snow depth.

Mammals: Pine Martens (4 different individuals) coming daily to Admiral Road feeders. Ermine has been seen feeding on rib cages at Welcome Center. Watch for pure white Snowshoe Hares in the brown landscape. Bobcat tracks have been seen near the Welcome Center.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Thursday, Nov 16, 2023.

NOTES

  1. WELCOME CENTER is CLOSED but opens December 2, 2023 and will be open 10am-3pm daily.
  2. The welcome center outhouse is open to visitors.
  3. 2024 BIRDING MAP AVAILABLE ONLINE and at Welcome Center.

Welcome Center will open for the season on Sat. Dec 2
(Dec 2, 2023 to March 10, 2024— 10 am to 3 pm daily)

**Firearms Deer Season is open until Sunday Nov 19 at sunset. Be Aware. Consider delaying your visit until after Thanksgiving when we will be putting up feeders.

Great Gray Owls: Several scattered reports. Remember, they can possibly be found ANYWHERE THERE IS BOG. McDavitt and Admiral have been best lately.

Rough-legged Hawks: A few around mainly along CR133 and CR7. 

Ruffed Grouse: Best looked for at dawn and dusk when they actively feed on birch and aspen buds. This is when they are active because their main predator, the Goshawk, is mainly hunting in the daylight hours.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Recent sightings at Warren Nelson Bog-Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk, and Admiral Road bog stretch. Could be anywhere there are spruce or tamaracks.

Canada Jay: Can be found anywhere there is Black Spruce bog. Try pishing and squeeking.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, Auggie’s Bogwalk and farm fields along CR229.

Northern Shrike: Several sightings scattered about the Bog. Look for a robin-sized bird teed up on the tip-top of trees…or on telephone wires.

Pine Grosbeaks: Very few reports yet.

Evening Grosbeaks: They have returned to Mary Lou’s feeders!

Crossbills: No reports that I am aware of. The Winter Finch Forecast 2022-23 indicates there may be a movement of Red Crossbills this winter. No sign of it here yet.

Snow Buntings: There were a few small flocks in the Bog last few weeks. Check CR5 near Aleshes Accommodations, but my guess is that they will be heading south due to the increased snow depth.

Mammals: Keep your eyes open…especially near any deer rib cages!

Short-tailed Weasel seen along Admiral Road recently.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Thursday, September 7, 2023.

NOTES

  1. WELCOME CENTER is CLOSED daily until December 2nd.
  2. The welcome center outhouse is open to visitors.
  3. 2023 BIRDING MAP AVAILABLE ONLINE AND AT Welcome Center.

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. Watch your REAR VIEW MIRROR for traffic coming up behind you and move over to let them pass. Snowplows are especially important this time of year…Move over, stop, and let them pass.
  2. PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS.
  3. Please RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY: Stay off Railroad property and don’t turn around in private driveways.
  4. ONLY PARK IN Mary Lou’s DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD, and NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.

Welcome Center is OPEN FOR THE SUMMER (June-August, 10 am to 3 pm)

SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Thursday, June 15, 2023

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. Watch your REAR VIEW MIRROR for traffic coming up behind you and move over to let them pass. Snowplows are especially important this time of year…Move over, stop, and let them pass.
  2. PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS.
  3. Please RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY: Stay off Railroad property and don’t turn around in private driveways.
  4. ONLY PARK IN Mary Lou’s DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD, and NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.

BIRDS

*** Over 20 species of Warbler Nest in the Sax-Zim Bog, with nearly 120 species of bird nesting in our area ***

Connecticut Warbler- No recent reports

Golden-winged Warbler- Throughout the bog in areas with alder and willow thickets, also in young aspen stands.

Mourning Warbler– Throughout the bog in habitats with thick understory vegetation.

Pine Warbler– Norway Ridge Road, McDavitt Recreation Area

Great Gray Owl- Admiral Road, McDavitt Road, Lake Nichols Road.

Black-backed Woodpecker- McDavitt Road north of South Logging Road

Boreal Chickadee- Admiral Road north end of bog stretch, Arkola Road east of Owl Avenue

Canada Jay- Scattered through the bog, in areas with Black Spruce and Tamarack

Black-billed Magpie- Areas with agriculture are best for this species, like Watsula and Dart Road, south end of McDavitt Road, Poplar Road, etc.

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher- Tamarack dense stretches of bog along Admiral and McDavitt Roads, Owl Avenue, Winterberry Bog, Arkola Road, etc.

PLANTS

Pink Ladyslipper- Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk, Bob Russel Memorial Bog Walk, Gray Jay Way, very common through bog habitats in the area. Peak bloom period is just past, but lots of blooms are still present.

White flowers are persisting, especially Viburnum species, Dogwood species, Yarrow, etc; Non-native species like Tall Yellow and Orange Hawkweed and Large-leaved Lupine are flowering along roadsides.

Lots of blooming from Northern Blue Flag Iris along wet roadsides, plenty of Indian Paintbrush blooming along roads, with interesting species like Eastern Swamp Saxifrage flowering along wet ditches.

BUTTERFLIES and DRAGONFLIES

Spreading Dogbane should be flowering within the next week, which will attract the best diversity of butterflies. Find this plant blooming and you will likely see good pollinator diversity.

Newly hatched White Admirals, Little Wood Satyr, Viceroy, and American Ladies dot the roadsides. Skipper diversity is starting to increase and most early season species (commas, elfins, blues) are fading away.

Odonate diversity is increasing! Baskettail hatches are on-going with four species present. Bluets, Sedge Sprites, and Forktails are appearing along lake edges and slow moving water. Clubtails are starting to fly in good numbers along rivers in the area.

MAMMALS

Recently a number of Black Bears have been sighted along Overton, Admiral, and Lake Nichols Roads. A few Fishers have been seen in the Bog recently, especially along boggy stretches. Franklin’s Ground Squirrels are around the Welcome Center and other scattered locations in the Bog.

(With any questions about bird, plant, or other species please contact Head Naturalist Clinton at naturalist@saxzim.org)

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Wednesday, March 20, 2023

WHY DO WE CLOSE IN MID MARCH?

Though there is still FEET of snow in the woods, and air temps can be around Zero F, daylength is increasing and all the birds know it.

Many of our winter finches will soon be leaving us for their Canadian breeding grounds (Pine Grosbeaks have already vacated the Bog).

Feeders need to be taken down because after April 1 Black Bears may be emerging and they will wreak havoc on any feeders still out.

Owls are starting to think about courtship and nesting.

The roads and parking pads in Sax-Zim get soft and mucky at this time of year.

So it is best that we shut down operations for a couple months.

We will resume field trips in early May, and the Welcome Center will open for the summer on June 1st.

Thank you!

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Wed March 1, 2023

** NOTES

Welcome Center is open 10am-3pm DAILY (7-days per week). We CLOSE FOR THE SEASON on Sunday March 12th at 3pm.

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. Watch your REAR VIEW MIRROR for traffic coming up behind you and move over to let them pass. Snowplows are especially important this time of year…Move over, stop, and let them pass.
  2. PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS.
  3. Please RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY: Stay off Railroad property and don’t turn around in private driveways.
  4. ONLY PARK IN Mary Lou’s DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD, and NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.

Great Gray Owls: Reports increasing as of late, but still not a sure thing. Reported sporadically from Overton Road, McDavitt, Admiral and CR7. Remember, they can possibly be found ANYWHERE THERE IS BOG. Mainly active at dawn/early morning and after 3pm.

Snowy Owl: No recent sightings. Could show up anywhere in open country in Sax-Zim.

Rough-legged Hawks: All have vacated the bog due to very deep snow. They have moved south in search of thinner snow cover.

Northern Hawk Owl: Continues along Sax Road just west of CR7. Sometimes perches quite close to the road in a snag, and other times is far out in the WMA to the south. Okay to walk in the WMA. Look for a football-sized and shaped blob.

Barred Owl: Seen regularly in the spruces along the north side of Arkola Road between Owl Avenue and Stickney Road.

Northern Goshawk:  They are around in the winter, and Admiral Road is a good place to search. Could be anywhere in the Bog since their favorite prey is abundant here: Ruffed Grouse and Snowshoe Hare.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Active lek on the Sax WMA and often visible dancing atop the snow in early to mid morning. Scan to the west side of CR7 a half to quarter mile south of Sax Road. Lek is at least a quarter mile west.

Ruffed Grouse: Best looked for at dawn and dusk when they actively feed on birch and aspen buds. This is when they are active because their main predator, the Goshawk, is mainly hunting in the daylight hours.

Spruce Grouse: Rare but best bet is Sax Road between Cranberry and McDavitt.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Several sightings along McDavitt “Miracle Mile” stretch quarter mile north of parking pad, which is not plowed this year. Could be anywhere there are spruce or tamaracks.

American Three-toed Woodpecker: No sightings in Sax-Zim this winter.

Bohemian Waxwings: Sporadic sightings in random places across the Bog.

Boreal Chickadee: The end of Gray Jay Way (1/2 mile hiking trail at Welcome Center) has had Boreals feeding on suet cakes as of late. This is a half-mile trail that is walkable without snowshoes. Judd’s feeders along Arkola Road a quarter mile east of Owl Avenue also hosts them. Multiple sightings at the Admiral Road feeders as well. Pishing and squeeking anywhere in black spruce bog may bring out a mixed flock of Black-capped and Boreal Chickadees.

Canada Jay: A bit harder to find now since they are beginning to nest. Can be found anywhere there is Black Spruce bog. Try pishing and squeaking. Comes to suet feeders at Welcome Center, Admiral Road, Yellow-bellied Bog and other feeding stations with suet.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, Auggie’s Bogwalk and farm fields along CR229.

Northern Shrike: Many sightings scattered about the Bog. Look for a robin-sized bird teed up on the tip-top of trees…or on telephone wires.

Pine Grosbeaks: Look for them soon since they return to the Far North during the first week in March. Check Auggie’s Bogwalk feeders, Admiral Road feeders, etc.

Evening Grosbeaks: Many at the Welcome center feeders. Also flocks at Sisu Feeders at the Zabin, and Mary Lou’s Feeders.

White-winged Crossbills: Few reports but they are here. Carefully check out any flock of birds feeding/gritting/salting directly on roadways.

Red Crossbills: Listen for flocks feeding in Red Pines along Norway Ridge Road and at McDavitt Rec area near hockey rink.

Common Redpolls: Scattered flocks away from feeders. Best bet is Stone Lake Road.

Hoary Redpoll: One reported in small flock of Commons along Stone Lake Road just east of CR7. Conventional wisdom is that there is one Hoary per 100 Commons, so look through flocks carefully!

Snow Buntings: Small flocks seen  along CR5 north of CR133 but south of Arkola/CR52.

Mammals:

Ermine—Seen recently at Welcome Center rib cages. Keep your eyes open…especially near any deer rib cages!

Moose—No recent sightings.

Bobcat—No sightings in recent weeks around the Bog. Could appear anywhere.

Pine Marten—Best bet is at Admiral Road feeders but only comes sporadically, and is not seen every day. Could be encountered anywhere in the Bog

Snowshoe Hare—Very regular at the end of Gray Jay Way where it feeds sporadically on sunflower seeds.

Timber Wolf—Could be encountered anywhere in Sax-Zim…usually in morning.

Porcupine—Recent sighting on south end of Stickney Road. Could be anywhere. Look for a blob in a tree.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Wed February 1, 2023

** NOTES

  1. Welcome Center is open 10am-3pm DAILY (7-days per week)

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. Watch your REAR VIEW MIRROR for traffic coming up behind you and move over to let them pass. Snowplows are especially important this time of year…Move over, stop, and let them pass.
  2. PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS.
  3. Please RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY: Stay off Railroad property and don’t turn around in private driveways.
  4. ONLY PARK IN Mary Lou’s DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD, and NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.

Great Gray Owls: Few reports recently. Latest reports from CR7 south of Byrne’s Greenhouse. Also reported sporadically from Overton Road, McDavitt, Admiral and CR7. Remember, they can possibly be found ANYWHERE THERE IS BOG. Mainly active at dawn/early morning and after 3pm.

Snowy Owl: No recent sightings. Could show up anywhere in open country in Sax-Zim.

Rough-legged Hawks: All have vacated the bog due to very deep snow. They have moved south in search of thinner snow cover.

Northern Hawk Owl: Continues along Sax Road just west of CR7. Sometimes perches quite close to the road in a snag, and other times is far out in the WMA to the south. Okay to walk in the WMA. Look for a football-sized and shaped blob.

Northern Goshawk:  They are around in the winter, and Admiral Road is a good place to search. Could be anywhere in the Bog since their favorite prey is abundant here: Ruffed Grouse and Snowshoe Hare.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Sadly the last Sharptail has disappeared from the former lek and feeders on CR229 near Racek Road. Sightings are rare now but best bet would be Sax Road between McDavitt and CR7.

Ruffed Grouse: Best looked for at dawn and dusk when they actively feed on birch and aspen buds. This is when they are active because their main predator, the Goshawk, is mainly hunting in the daylight hours.

Spruce Grouse: Yes! You heard me right….there was a recent sighting in a Jack Pine along Sax Road, and earlier a couple sightings along Stone Lake Road in October (and Nov?). This is a species that is more common much farther north in Minnesota but may be recolonizing Sax-Zim (They were here prior to the 1970s).

Black-backed Woodpecker: Weeks old report from Bob Russel Bogwalk at Winterberry Bog and McDavitt Road bog stretch north of parking pad. Could be anywhere there are spruce or tamaracks.

American Three-toed Woodpecker: No sightings in Sax-Zim this winter.

Bohemian Waxwings: More common than normal this winter…and likely to increase in numbers. But they are hard to find since they wander and there are few mountain-ash or crabapples trees in Meadowlands. Also keep an eye (and ear) out for them anywhere in the Bog where they may be finding Winterberries (bumper crop this year.). Seen near Mary Lou’s last week.

Boreal Chickadee: The end of Gray Jay Way (1/2 mile hiking trail at Welcome Center) has had Boreals feeding on suet cakes as of late. This is a half-mile trail that is walkable without snowshoes. Could be anywhere there is mature Black Spruce bog. Pishing and squeeking anywhere in black spruce bog may bring out a mixed flock of Black-capped and Boreal Chickadees. Also at Admiral Road feeders…sometimes.

Canada Jay: Can be found anywhere there is Black Spruce bog. Try pishing and squeaking. Comes to suet feeders at Welcome Center, Admiral Road, Yellow-bellied Bog and other feeding stations with suet.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, Auggie’s Bogwalk and farm fields along CR229.

Northern Shrike: Many sightings scattered about the Bog. Look for a robin-sized bird teed up on the tip-top of trees…or on telephone wires.

Pine Grosbeaks: Decent numbers around and starting to come to feeders. Check Auggie’s Bogwalk feeders, Admiral Road feeders, etc.

Evening Grosbeaks: Many at the Welcome center feeders. Also flocks at Sisu Feeders at the Zabin, and Mary Lou’s Feeders.

White-winged Crossbills: Few reports but they are here. Carefully check out any flock of birds feeding/gritting/salting directly on roadways.

Common Redpolls: Scattered flocks away from feeders. They usually do not come very regularly to thistle until mid winter. Check any road with alders and birches…Nichols Lake Road, Stone Lake Road.

Hoary Redpoll: One reported in small flock of Commons along Admiral Road south of feeders. Conventional wisdom is that there is one Hoary per 100 Commons, so look through flocks carefully!

Snow Buntings: Small flocks seen  along CR5 north of CR133 but south of Arkola/CR52.

Mammals:

Ermine—Seen recently at Welcome Center rib cages… Also near end of Gray Jay Way. Mostly in afternoon as of late. Keep your eyes open…especially near any deer rib cages!

Moose—Cow and calf (and sometimes small bull) seen a few weeks ago within a mile in each direction of intersection of CR133 and CR7.

Bobcat—No sightings in recent weeks around the Bog. Could appear anywhere.

Pine Marten—Best bet is at Admiral Road feeders but only comes sporadically, and is not seen every day. Could be encountered anywhere in the Bog

Snowshoe Hare—Seen at Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk recently, but could also be found at Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog.

Timber Wolf—One recent sighting in south end of Bog. Could be encountered anywhere…usually in morning.

Porcupine—Could be anywhere. Look for a blob in a tree.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Sunday Jan 15, 2023

** NOTES

  1. Welcome Center is open 10am-3pm DAILY (7-days per week)

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS.
  2. Please RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY: Stay off Railroad property and don’t turn around in private driveways.
  3. ONLY PARK IN Mary Lou’s DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD, and NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.

Great Gray Owls: Reported sporadically from Overton Road, McDavitt, Admiral and CR7. Remember, they can possibly be found ANYWHERE THERE IS BOG. Mainly active at dawn/early morning and after 3pm.

Snowy Owl: No recent sightings. Could show up anywhere in open country in Sax-Zim.

Rough-legged Hawks: Most have vacated the bog due to very deep snow. They have moved south in search of thinner snow cover.

Northern Hawk Owl: One seen this last week along Sax Road just 1/2 mile west of CR7 and (same bird) sometimes along CR7 south of Sax Road near WMA parking area. Usually perches far from the road to the south. Look for a football-sized and shaped blob.

Northern Goshawk:  Several recent sightings. Admiral Road is a good place to search. Could be anywhere in the Bog since their favorite prey is abundant here: Ruffed Grouse and Snowshoe Hare.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Sadly the last Sharptail has disappeared from the former lek and feeders on CR229 near Racek Road. Sightings are rare now but best bet would be Sax Road between McDavitt and CR7.

Ruffed Grouse: Best looked for at dawn and dusk when they actively feed on birch and aspen buds. This is when they are active because their main predator, the Goshawk, is mainly hunting in the daylight hours.

Spruce Grouse: Yes! You heard me right….there were a couple sightings along Stone Lake Road in October (and Nov?). None recent. This is a species that is more common much farther north in Minnesota but may be recolonizing Sax-Zim (They were here prior to the 1970s).

Black-backed Woodpecker: Recent reports from Bob Russel Bogwalk at Winterberry Bog and McDavitt Road bog stretch north of parking pad. Could be anywhere there are spruce or tamaracks.

American Three-toed Woodpecker: No sightings in Sax-Zim this winter.

Bohemian Waxwings: Flock seen at Welcome Center yesterday. More common than normal this winter…and likely to increase in numbers. But they are hard to find since they wander and there are few mountain-ash or crabapples trees in Meadowlands. Also keep an eye (and ear) out for them anywhere in the Bog where they may be finding Winterberries (bumper crop this year.)

Boreal Chickadee: The end of Gray Jay Way (1/2 mile hiking trail at Welcome Center) has had Boreals feeding on suet cakes as of late. This is a half-mile trail that is walkable without snowshoes. Could be anywhere there is mature Black Spruce bog. Pishing and squeeking anywhere in black spruce bog may bring out a mixed flock of Black-capped and Boreal Chickadees.

Canada Jay: Can be found anywhere there is Black Spruce bog. Try pishing and squeaking. Comes to suet feeders at Welcome Center, Admiral Road, Yellow-bellied Bog and other feeding stations with suet.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, Auggie’s Bogwalk and farm fields along CR229.

Northern Shrike: Many sightings scattered about the Bog. Look for a robin-sized bird teed up on the tip-top of trees…or on telephone wires.

Pine Grosbeaks: Decent numbers around and starting to come to feeders. Check Auggie’s Bogwalk feeders, Admiral Road feeders, etc.

Evening Grosbeaks: Many at the Welcome center feeders. Also flocks at Sisu Feeders at the Zabin, and Mary Lou’s Feeders.

White-winged Crossbills: Few reports. Most recently at north end of McDavitt Bog stretch (1/2 mile to 1 mile north of parking pad on west side).

Common Redpolls: Scattered flocks away from feeders. They usually do not come very regularly to thistle until mid winter. Check any road with alders and birches…Nichols Lake Road, Stone Lake Road.

American Tree Sparrow: One seen at Warren Nelson Bog along Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk near feeders at beginning.

Snow Buntings: Small flocks seen recently at Admiral Road gravel pits and along CR5 north of CR133 but south of Arkola/CR52.

Mammals:

Ermine: Seen regularly (okay…somewhat regularly) at the Welcome Center. Keep your eyes open…especially near any deer rib cages!

Moose: Recent sightings within a mile in each direction of intersection of CR133 and CR7.

Multiple Bobcat sightings in recent weeks around the Bog. Could appear anywhere.

Pine Marten—Best bet is at Admiral Road feeders but only comes sporadically, and is not seen every day.

Snowshoe Hare—Seen at Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk recently, but could also be found at Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog.

Porcupine—Could be anywhere. Look for a blob in a tree.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Wednesday Jan 1, 2023

** NOTES

  1. Welcome Center is open 10am-3pm DAILY (7-days per week)

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS.
  2. Please RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY: Stay off Railroad property and don’t turn around in private driveways.
  3. ONLY PARK IN Mary Lou’s DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD, and NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.

Great Gray Owls: Reported Daily from Overton Road, McDavitt, Admiral and CR7. Remember, they can possibly be found ANYWHERE THERE IS BOG. Mainly active at dawn/early morning and after 3pm.

Snowy Owl: No recent sightings. One was seen near Byrnes Greenhouse along CR7 weeks ago. Could be found anywhere in open country in Sax-Zim.

Rough-legged Hawks: A few around mainly along CR133 and CR7. This snowstorm will likely send them south in search of less snow cover.

Northern Hawk Owl: Very sporadic sightings. Last one was in late December along Kolu.

Northern Goshawk:  Could be anywhere in the Bog since their favorite prey is abundant here: Ruffed Grouse and Snowshoe Hare.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Sadly the last Sharptail has disappeared from the former lek and feeders on CR229 near Racek Road. Sightings are rare now but best bet would be Sax Road between McDavitt and CR7.

Ruffed Grouse: Best looked for at dawn and dusk when they actively feed on birch and aspen buds. This is when they are active because their main predator, the Goshawk, is mainly hunting in the daylight hours.

Spruce Grouse: Yes! You heard me right….there were a couple sightings along Stone Lake Road in October (and Nov?). None recent. This is a species that is more common much farther north in Minnesota but may be recolonizing Sax-Zim (They were here prior to the 1970s).

Black-backed Woodpecker: Only one sighting and this was along Admiral Road south of the feeders. Could be anywhere there are spruce or tamaracks.

American Three-toed Woodpecker: No sightings this winter.

Bohemian Waxwings: More common than normal this winter so far…and likely to increase in numbers. But they are hard to find since they wander and there are few mountain-ash or crabapples trees in Meadowlands. Also keep an eye (and ear) out for them anywhere in the Bog where they may be finding Winterberries (bumper crop this year.)

Boreal Chickadee: The end of Gray Jay Way (1/2 mile hiking trail at Welcome Center) has had Borealis feeding on suet cakes as of late. This is a half mile trail that is walkable without snowshoes. Could be anywhere there is mature Black Spruce bog. Pishing and squeeking anywhere in black spruce bog may bring out a mixed flock of Black-capped and Boreal Chickadees.

Canada Jay: Can be found anywhere there is Black Spruce bog. Try pishing and squeezing. Comes to suet feeders at Welcome Center, Admiral Road, Yellow-bellied Bog and other feeding stations with suet.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, Auggie’s Bogwalk and farm fields along CR229.

Northern Shrike: Many sightings scattered about the Bog. Look for a robin-sized bird teed up on the tip-top of trees…or on telephone wires.

Pine Grosbeaks: Decent numbers around but not coming regularly to feeders…yet. Check Nichols Lake Road and other dirt road where they may be getting salt off the roadbed.

Evening Grosbeaks: Many at the Welcome center feeders. Also flocks at Sisu Feeders at the Zabin, and Mary Lou’s Feeders.

White-winged Crossbills: Very few reports. Twenty-one were tallied on the Sax-Zim Bog CBC on December 19th.

Common Redpolls: Scattered flocks away from feeders. They usually do not come very regularly to thistle until mid winter. Check any road with alders and birches…Nichols Lake Road, Stone Lake Road.

Snow Buntings: There were a few small flocks in the Bog last few weeks. Check CR5 near Aleshes Accommodations, but my guess is that they will be heading south due to the increased snow depth.

Mammals:

Ermine: Keep your eyes open…especially near any deer rib cages!

Moose: Recent sightings since mid December along CR133 and CR7 south of CR133.

Multiple Bobcat sightings in recent weeks around the Bog. Could appear anywhere.

Pine Marten—Best bet is at Admiral Road feeders but only comes sporadically, and is not seen every day.

Snowshoe Hare—Seen at Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk recently, but could also be found at Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Wednesday Dec 14, 2022

** NOTES

  1. WELCOME CENTER OPENS FOR THE SEASON ON SATURDAY DECEMBER 3
  2. Open 10am-3pm DAILY (7-days per week)

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS.
  2. Please RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY: Stay off Railroad property and don’t turn around in private driveways.
  3. ONLY PARK IN Mary Lou’s DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD, and NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.

Winter is hitting us hard today and tomorrow so the Welcome Center will be closed (Dec 14-15)
**Admiral Road feeders vandalized again. This is a community feeder so feel free to hang more feeders.


Great Gray Owls:
 Several scattered reports. Remember, they can possibly be found ANYWHERE THERE IS BOG. McDavitt and Admiral have been best lately.

Snowy Owl: A few weeks ago one was seen near Byrnes Greenhouse along CR7. Could be found anywhere in open country in Sax-Zim.

Rough-legged Hawks: A few around mainly along CR133 and CR7. This snowstorm will likely send them south in search of less snow cover.

Northern Hawk Owl: One seen between Admiral Road and CR7 near Sax Road last week. Has not been relocated.

Northern Goshawk:  Could be anywhere in the Bog since their favorite prey is abundant here: Ruffed Grouse and Snowshoe Hare.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Sadly the last Sharptail has disappeared from the former lek and feeders on CR229 near Racek Road. Sightings are rare now but best bet would be Sax Road between McDavitt and CR7.

Ruffed Grouse: Best looked for at dawn and dusk when they actively feed on birch and aspen buds. This is when they are active because their main predator, the Goshawk, is mainly hunting in the daylight hours.

Spruce Grouse: Yes! You heard me right….there were a couple sightings along Stone Lake Road in October (and Nov?). None recent. This is a species that is more common much farther north in Minnesota but may be recolonizing Sax-Zim (They were here prior to the 1970s).

Black-backed Woodpecker: Only one sighting and this was along Admiral Road south of the feeders. Could be anywhere there are spruce or tamaracks.

American Three-toed Woodpecker: No sightings this winter.

Bohemian waxwings: More common than normal this winter so far…and likely to increase in numbers. But they are hard to find since they wander and there are few mountain-ash or crabapples trees in Meadowlands. Also keep an eye (and ear) out for them anywhere in the Bog where they may be finding Winterberries (bumper crop this year.)

Boreal Chickadee: Suet is now in place at the end of Gray Jay Way (hiking trail at Welcome Center). Check this spot since they were very regular last winter. This is a half mile trail that is walkable without snowshoes. Could be anywhere there is mature Black Spruce bog. Pishing and squeeking may bring out a mixed flock of Black-capped and Boreal Chickadees.

Canada Jay: Can be found anywhere there is Black Spruce bog. Try pishing and squeezing. Comes to suet feeders at Welcome Center, Admiral Road, Yellow-bellied Bog and other feeding stations with suet.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, Auggie’s Bogwalk and farm fields along CR229.

Northern Shrike: Several sightings scattered about the Bog. Look for a robin-sized bird teed up on the tip-top of trees…or on telephone wires.

Pine Grosbeaks: Decent numbers around but not coming regularly to feeders…yet. Check Nichols Lake Road and other dirt road where they may be getting salt off the roadbed.

Evening Grosbeaks: Many at the Welcome center feeders. Also flocks at Sisu Feeders at the Zabin, and Mary Lou’s.

Crossbills: No reports that I am aware of. The Winter Finch Forecast 2022-23 indicates there may be a movement of Red Crossbills this winter. No sign of it here yet.

Common Redpolls: Scattered flocks away from feeders. They usually do not come very regularly to thistle until mid winter. Check any road with alders and birches…Nichols Lake Road, Stone Lake Road.

Snow Buntings: There were a few small flocks in the Bog last few weeks. Check CR5 near Aleshes Accommodations, but my guess is that they will be heading south due to the increased snow depth.

Mammals: Keep your eyes open…especially near any deer rib cages!

Multiple Bobcat sightings in recent weeks around the Bog. Could appear anywhere.

Pine Marten—Best bet is at Admiral Road feeders but only comes sporadically, and is not seen every day (As of today, Admiral Road feeders were all stolen…I’m sure more will be put up by birders).

Snowshoe Hare—Seen at Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk recently, but could also be found at Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog.

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Deer season is over and bird feeders are being placed and filled around the Bog.
Not too many reports yet. But it is early. Stay tuned!


Great Gray Owls:
 No reports in the last month. But it is early.

Snowy Owl: One has been seen sporadically late in the day near Byrnes Greenhouse along CR7.

Rough-legged Hawks: Surprisingly few.

Canada Jay: Now in nesting mode but may be seen at deer rib cages and suet throughout the Bog.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, Auggie’s Bogwalk and farm fields along CR229.

Northern Shrike: Several sightings.

Pine Grosbeaks: Decent numbers around. Check Welcome Center feeders and Mary Lou’s.

Evening Grosbeaks: 50 at the Welcome center on Nov. 21. Also flocks at Sisu Feeders at the Zabin, and Mary Lou’s

Common Redpolls: Scattered flocks. Not many.

Snow Buntings: There are a few small flocks in the Bog now.

Mammals: Ermine coming occasionally to deer rib cages at the Welcome Center. Keep your eyes open…especially near any deer rib cages!

Multiple Bobcat sightings in recent weeks around the Bog. Could appear anywhere.

Pine Marten—Best bet is at Admiral Road feeders but only comes sporadically, and is not seen every day.

Snowshoe Hare seen at both Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk and Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated September 6, 2022

** NOTES

  1. WELCOME CENTER is CLOSED daily until mid-December.
  2. The welcome center outhouse is open to visitors.
  3. 2022 BIRDING MAP AVAILABLE ONLINE AND AT Welcome Center.

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

    1. PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS.
    2. Please RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY: Stay off Railroad property and don’t turn around in private driveways.
  • ONLY PARK IN Mary Lou’s DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD, and NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.

 

SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated June 30, 2022

** NOTES

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS.
  2. Please RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY: Stay off Railroad property and don’t turn around in private driveways.
  3. ONLY PARK IN Mary Lou’s DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD, and NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.

Fledgling Season: Late June is typically the start of fledging season in the Sax-Zim Bog, with a number of species tending fledglings at this time of year. Recently, newly fledged Lincoln’s Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, and Black-capped Chickadees have been making plenty of noise along Gray Jay Way, with a newly fledged group of Winter Wrens bouncing along the undergrowth along the Bob Russel Memorial Boardwalk. This is a great time of year to listen for young Great Gray Owls screeching to their parents to be fed and to observed very short-tailed fledgling Black-billed Magpies in the agricultural areas of the Bog.

Warblers: There is still an impressive number of warblers still singing in the Bog. Over the last week at least 17 species of warbler have continued singing, though they are not singing all day long as they do in the early season. Nashville, Mourning, Chestnut-sided Warblers, Ovenbirds, and Common Yellowthroats have been especially vocal. Many of the warblers that nest in the Bog will be tending fledglings in the next few weeks, so pay attention to the raspy chips of young birds!

Other Breeding Birds: Many other birds can still be found at this time of year, but they are getting much harder to find due to trees full of leaves and bird song decreasing. Stop in to the Welcome Center for information on grassland species, boreal forest breeders, and beyond!

Wildflowers: Summer is the peak time for biodiversity in the Sax-Zim Bog and many visitors have interest in birds, bugs, and everything in between. Starting in July, we start to see an increase in wildflowers blooming, especially along the roadsides, open fields, and marshes. In the next week or two expect good diversity in flowers especially along Lake Nichols Road, McDavitt and Admiral Roads, Owl Avenue north of the Welcome Center, and along County Road 83!

Butterflies: There are a number of species flying right now! Spreading Dogbane is starting to flower and this species will a major source of butterfly activity in the next week or two. Lake Nichols Road usually has great butterfly diversity, as well as Owl Avenue and County Road 83. For butterfly specific questions, feel free to reach out to Head Naturalist Clinton at naturalist@saxzim.org or attend our upcoming Butterfly Field Trip! Registration can be found here: saxzim.org/events

Dragonflies and Damselflies: Late June and the beginning of July sees an abundance of dragonfly and damselflies in the Sax-Zim Bog. Checking boat launches, river landings, and deeper roadside ditches can hold really great diversity. Clubtails can be easily found patrolling the St. Louis River, with skimmers along Owl Avenue and Stone Lake Road, and many specialized Emeralds patrolling bog edges. If you want to learn more about odonates, we also have an upcoming field trip for these species: saxzim.org/events

General Wildlife: It is baby season for most mammals in the Bog! White-tailed Deer fawns are beginning to be more active, bear cubs might also be seen traveling with their mothers, and inquisitive young Red Squirrels are hopping along our boardwalks. There are no specific locations to seek out mammals, but early mornings or later in the evening can be great times to search for mammals in the Sax-Zim Bog.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated June 19, 2022

** NOTES

  1. WELCOME CENTER is OPEN daily through August.
  2. The welcome center building is now open to visitors.
  3. 2022 BIRDING MAP AVAILABLE ONLINE AND AT Welcome Center

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS.
  2. Please RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY: Stay off Railroad property and don’t turn around in private driveways.
  3. ONLY PARK IN Mary Lou’s DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD, and NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Friday March 22, 2022

** NOTES

  1. WELCOME CENTER IS NOW CLOSED (outhouse remains open)
  2. Thanks for a Great Winter!
  3. We will open for the summer on June 1, 2022

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Friday March 11, 2022

** NOTES

  1. WELCOME CENTER CLOSES FOR THE SEASON ON SUNDAY MARCH 13 AT 3PM
  2. Thanks for a Great Winter!

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS. 
  2. Please RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY: Stay off Railroad property and don’t turn around in private driveways.
  3. ONLY PARK IN Mary Lou’s DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD, and NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.


Great Gray Owls:
 Seen sporadically in multiple spots in the Bog. Try along CR7 south and north of Byrne’s Greenhouse (please be careful when driving on this 55mph road and pull off outside the white lines AND ALL PARK ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE ROAD), CR7 about 1 to 2 mile south of CR133, Nichols Lake Road, CR133 east of Blue Spruce and CR133 west of US53, Owl Avenue, McDavitt Road or Admiral Road. REMEMBER…Great Grays are residents here and could possibly be seen anywhere there is bog habitat. Best to search dawn to 10am and last few hours before sunset.

Snowy Owl: No sightings recently.

Northern Hawk Owl: Seen daily along CR7 just north of Sax Road on the east side.

Rough-legged Hawks: No recent sightings.

Northern Goshawk:  Could be anywhere.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Check feeders at both farms near this intersection (one on east side and one on west side of CR229). Also have been seen along Sax Road.

Canada Jay: Now in nesting mode but may be seen at deer rib cages and suet throughout the Bog.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, Auggie’s Bogwalk and farm fields along CR229.

Northern Shrike: Many around the Bog. Best bets in open country along CR7, Arkola, Zim Road, CR229, and Stone Lake Road.

Black-backed Woodpecker:  One seen along the Bob Russell Bogwalk in late February.

American Three-toed Woodpecker:  No sightings this winter.

Boreal Chickadee: Seen regularly at the suet feeder at the end of Gray Jay Way that starts at Welcome Center outhouse. This is a half mile trail that is walkable without snowshoes.

Bohemian Waxwings: Unusual in the Bog. Individuals seen lately in scattered locations. Could be anywhere there are fruit trees.

Pine Grosbeaks: They have now vacated the Bog and are returning to their Canadian breeding grounds.

Evening Grosbeaks: They will also be leaving the Bog soon. Check “Sisu feeders at Zabin” along McDavitt Road and Mary Lou’s feeders.

White-winged Crossbills: Listen for them as they fly overhead. You can often pish them down. Best bets would be Owl Avenue, McDavitt and Admiral Roads.

Common Redpolls: They are here in good numbers! Hundreds can be seen in a day. Check feeders at Welcome Center and Auggie’s Bogwalk.

Hoary Redpolls: No recent reports.

Snow Buntings: Very few in the Bog now. They may be migrating north from southern Minnesota already so keep a lookout.

Mammals: Ermine coming occasionally to deer rib cages at the Welcome Center. Keep your eyes open…especially near any deer rib cages!

Multiple Bobcat sightings in recent weeks around the Bog. Could appear anywhere.

Pine Marten—Best bet is at Admiral Road feeders but only comes sporadically, and is not seen every day.

Snowshoe Hare seen at both Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk and Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Friday February 4, 2022

** NOTES

  1. WELCOME CENTER is OPEN daily. Only one group at a time allowed in. Masks mandatory.
  2. Naturalists at the Welcome Center may have a table out front for sales
  3. 2022 BIRDING MAP AVAILABLE ONLINE AND AT Welcome Center

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS. 
  2. Please RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY: Stay off Railroad property and don’t turn around in private driveways.
  3. ONLY PARK IN Mary Lou’s DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD, and NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.


Great Gray Owls:
 Seen sporadically in multiple spots in the Bog. Try along CR7 south of Byrne’s Greenhouse (please be careful when driving on this 55mph road and pull off outside the white lines AND ALL PARK ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE ROAD), CR7 about 1 to 2 mile south of CR133, Nichols Lake Road, CR133 east of Blue Spruce and CR133 west of US53, Owl Avenue, McDavitt Road or Admiral Road. REMEMBER…Great Grays are residents here and could possibly be seen anywhere there is bog habitat. Best to search dawn to 10am and last few hours before sunset.

Snowy Owl: The one near Byrne’s Greenhouse continues. It is often far from the road. Scan the distant treeline and the tops of posts, barns and sheds. It will sometimes hunt from power poles and trees closer to CR7. (Please be careful when driving on this 55mph road and pull off outside the white lines AND ALL PARK ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE ROAD)

Northern Hawk Owl: No recent sightings.

Rough-legged Hawks: No recent sightings.

Northern Goshawk: One occasionally chasing Rock Pigeons at Mary Lou’s feeders. Look especially along Admiral Road near where the powerline crosses. Could be anywhere.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Flock of a dozen seen flying over Sax Road between CR7 and Cranberry. Also one to two seen near the Racek Road and CR229 intersection. Check feeders at both farms near this intersection (one on east side and one on west side of CR229).

Canada Jay: May be seen at deer rib cages and suet throughout the Bog. Several visit the feeders and rib cages at Welcome Center, Warren Nelson Memorial Bog, Yellow-bellied Bog and Winterberry Bog.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, Auggie’s Bogwalk and farm fields along CR229.

Northern Shrike: Many around the Bog. Best bets in open country along CR7, Arkola, Zim Road, CR229, and Stone Lake Road.

Black-backed Woodpecker:  Latest sightings were about 3/4 of the way north on Gray Jay Way at Welcome Center, McDavitt Road bog, and just south and just north of Admiral Road feeders. It is a permanent resident which does not come to bird feeders. Look and listen along boardwalks, and bog stretches of McDavitt Road and Admiral Road.

American Three-toed Woodpecker:  No sightings this winter.

Boreal Chickadee: Seen regularly at the suet feeder at the end of Gray Jay Way that starts at Welcome Center outhouse. This is a half mile trail that is walkable without snowshoes.

Bohemian Waxwings: Unusual in the Bog. Individuals seen lately in scattered locations. Could be anywhere there are fruit trees.

Pine Grosbeaks: Quite common. Listen for their “tweedling” song overhead. Seen at Welcome center feeders and “Sisu feeders at Zabin.”

Evening Grosbeaks: Up to 50 at Mary Lou’s feeders …and up to 75 at “Sisu feeders at Zabin” along McDavitt Road. A few sightings of individuals at the Welcome Center.

White-winged Crossbills: Listen for them as they fly overhead. You can often pish them down. Best bets would be Owl Avenue, McDavitt and Admiral Roads.

Common Redpolls: They are here in good numbers! Hundreds can be seen in a day. Check feeders at Welcome Center and Auggie’s Bogwalk.

Hoary Redpolls: Several individuals reported in the last week or two.

Snow Buntings: Very few in the Bog now. They may be migrating north from southern Minnesota already so keep a lookout.

Mammals: Ermine coming occasionally to deer rib cages at the Welcome Center. Keep your eyes open…especially near any deer rib cages!

Bobcat that was at rib cages at Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk has moved on. Multiple sightings in recent weeks around the Bog.

Pine Marten—Best bet is at Admiral Road feeders but only comes sporadically, and is not seen every day.

Snowshoe Hare seen at both Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk and Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated January 27, 2022

** NOTES

  1. WELCOME CENTER is ONLY OPEN intermittently until the latest COVID surge wanes.
  2. Naturalists at the Welcome Center may have a table out front for sales
  3. ALL NEW 2022 BIRDING MAP AVAILABLE ONLINE AND AT Welcome Center

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS. 
  2. Please RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY: Stay off Railroad property, don’t turn around in private driveways.
  3. Despite Mary Lou’s garage fire, she still wants birders to come! Please ONLY PARK IN HER DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD. And NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.
  4. At Winterberry Bog, please park in the parking pad, not on the road if possible.

WEATHER: 18-24 inches of snow on the ground throughout the Bog


Great Gray Owls:
 Seen sporadically in multiple spots in the Bog. Try along CR7 south of Byrne’s Greenhouse (please be careful when driving on this 55mph road and pull off outside the white lines AND ALL PARK ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE ROAD), CR7 about 1 to 2 mile south of CR133, Nichols Lake Road, CR133 east of Blue Spruce and CR133 west of US53, Owl Avenue, McDavitt Road or Admiral Road. REMEMBER…Great Grays are residents here and could possibly be seen anywhere there is bog habitat. Best to search dawn to 10am and last few hours before sunset.

Snowy Owl: One seen near Byrne’s Greenhouse this week. It is often far from the road. Scan the distant treeline and the tops of posts, barns and sheds. It will sometimes hunt from power poles and trees closer to CR7. (Please be careful when driving on this 55mph road and pull off outside the white lines AND ALL PARK ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE ROAD)

Northern Hawk Owl: No recent sightings.

Rough-legged Hawks: Now that the snow is deep, most Roughlegs have moved on.

Northern Goshawk: One has been chasing Rock Pigeons at Mary Lou’s feeders. Look especially along Admiral Road near where the powerline crosses. Could be anywhere.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Flock of a dozen seen flying over Sax Road between CR7 and Cranberry. Also one to two seen near the Racek Road and CR229 intersection. Check feeders at both farms near this intersection (one on east side and one on west side of CR229). Check feeders especially in the 9 to 10 am hour at the farm on the west side of the road.

Canada Jay: May be seen at deer rib cages and suet throughout the Bog. Several visit the feeders and rib cages at Welcome Center, Warren Nelson Memorial Bog, Yellow-bellied Bog and Winterberry Bog. Should also be easy to find along roads in Black Spruce/Tamarack bog areas (especially in the north half of the Bog).

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, Auggie’s Bogwalk and farm fields along CR229.

Northern Shrike: Many around the Bog. Best bets in open country along CR7, Arkola, Zim Road, CR229, and Stone Lake Road.

Black-backed Woodpecker:  Latest sightings were about 3/4 of the way north on Gray Jay Way at Welcome Center, McDavitt Road bog, and just south and just north of Admiral Road feeders. It is a permanent resident which does not come to bird feeders. Look and listen along boardwalks, and bog stretches of McDavitt Road and Admiral Road.

American Three-toed Woodpecker:  No sightings this winter.

Boreal Chickadee: Seen regularly at the suet feeder at the end of Gray Jay Way that starts at Welcome Center outhouse. This is a half mile trail that is walkable without snowshoes.

Bohemian Waxwings: Individuals seen lately in Meadowlands and other scattered locations. Could be anywhere there are fruit trees.

Pine Grosbeaks: Quite common. Listen for their “tweedling” song overhead. Seen at Welcome center feeders and “Sisu feeders at Zabin.”

Evening Grosbeaks: Up to 50 at Mary Lou’s feeders …and up to 75 at “Sisu feeders at Zabin” along McDavitt Road. A few sightings of individuals at the Welcome Center.

White-winged Crossbills: Listen for them as they fly overhead. You can often pish them down. Best bets would be Owl Avenue, McDavitt and Admiral Roads.

Common Redpolls: They are here in good numbers! Hundreds can be seen in a day. As usual for early winter, they are mostly feeding on birch and alder seeds and not coming to feeders.

Hoary Redpolls: One recorded on the Sax-Zim Christmas Bird Count. But often difficult to pick out of active flocks of foraging Commons. Easier to find when they begin coming to feeders later in the winter.

Snow Buntings: Early this week there was a flock along CR5 north of Alesche’s Accommodations. They may be migrating north from southern Minnesota already so keep a lookout.

Mammals: Ermine coming occasionally to deer rib cages at the Welcome Center. Keep your eyes open…especially near any deer rib cages!

Moose cow and calf had been seen along CR133 east of CR7 and on CR7 south of CR133 but no recent sightings. (CAUTION: This is a 55MPH road with narrow shoulders and a fair amount of traffic.)

Wolf/wolves—Pack seen along Nichols Lake Road. Also seen along Arkola west of CR7 a couple weeks ago.

Pine Marten—Best bet is at Admiral Road feeders but only comes sporadically, and is not seen every day.

Snowshoe Hare seen at both Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk and Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated January 17, 2022

** NOTES

  1. WELCOME CENTER is ONLY OPEN intermittently until the latest COVID surge wanes.
  2. Naturalists at the Welcome Center may have a table out front for sales
  3. ALL NEW 2022 BIRDING MAP AVAILABLE ONLINE AND AT Welcome Center

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS. 
  2. Despite Mary Lou’s garage fire, she still wants birders to come! Please ONLY PARK IN HER DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD. And NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.
  3. At Winterberry Bog, please park in the parking pad, not on the road if possible.

WEATHER: 18-24 inches of snow on the ground throughout the Bog


Great Gray Owls:
 Seen sporadically in multiple spots in the Bog. Try along CR7 south of Byrne’s Greenhouse (please be careful when driving on this 55mph road and pull off outside the white lines AND ALL PARK ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE ROAD), CR7 about 1 mile south of CR133, Nichols Lake Road, CR133 east of Blue Spruce and CR133 west of US53, Owl Avenue, McDavitt Road or Admiral Road. REMEMBER…Great Grays are residents here and could possibly be seen anywhere there is bog habitat. Best to search dawn to 10am and last few hours before sunset.

Snowy Owl: One seen near Byrne’s Greenhouse this week. It is often far from the road. Scan the distant treeline and the tops of posts, barns and sheds. It will sometimes hunt from power poles and trees closer to CR7. (Please be careful when driving on this 55mph road and pull off outside the white lines AND ALL PARK ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE ROAD)

Northern Hawk Owl: No recent sightings.

Rough-legged Hawks: Now that the snow is deep, most Roughlegs have moved on.

Northern Goshawk: One has been chasing Rock Pigeons at Mary Lou’s feeders. Look especially along Admiral Road near where the powerline crosses. Could be anywhere.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: One to two seen recently near the Racek Road and CR229 intersection. Check feeders at both farms near this intersection (one on east side and one on west side of CR229). It is most regular in the 9 to 10 am hour at the farm on the west side of the road.

Canada Jay: Quite active now. May be seen at deer rib cages and suet throughout the Bog. Several visit the feeders at Welcome Center, Warren Nelson Memorial Bog, Yellow-bellied Bog and Winterberry Bog. Should also be easy to find along roads in Black Spruce/Tamarack bog areas (especially in the north half of the Bog).

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, Auggie’s Bogwalk and farm fields along CR229.

Northern Shrike: Many around the Bog. Best bets in open country along CR7, Arkola, Zim Road, CR229.

Black-backed Woodpecker:  Latest sightings were about 3/4 of the way north on Gray Jay Way at Welcome Center, McDavitt Road bog, and just south and just north of Admiral Road feeders. It is a permanent resident which does not come to bird feeders. Look and listen along boardwalks, and bog stretches of McDavitt Road and Admiral Road.

American Three-toed Woodpecker:  No sightings this winter.

Boreal Chickadee: Seen regularly at the suet feeder at the end of Gray Jay Way that starts at Welcome Center outhouse. This is a half mile trail that is walkable without snowshoes.

Bohemian waxwings: Individuals seen lately in Meadowlands and other scattered locations. Could be anywhere there are fruit trees.

Pine Grosbeaks: Quite common. Listen for their “tweedling” song overhead. Seen at Welcome center feeders and “Sisu feeders at Zabin.”

Evening Grosbeaks: Up to 50 at Mary Lou’s feeders …and up to 75 at “Sisu feeders at Zabin” along McDavitt Road. A few sightings of individuals at the Welcome Center.

White-winged Crossbills: Listen for them as they fly overhead. You can often pish them down. Best bets would be Owl Avenue, McDavitt and Admiral Roads.

Common Redpolls: They are here in good numbers! Hundreds can be seen in a day. As usual for early winter, they are mostly feeding on birch and alder seeds and not coming to feeders.

Hoary Redpolls: One recorded on the Sax-Zim Christmas Bird Count. But often difficult to pick out of active flocks of foraging Commons. Easier to find when they begin coming to feeders later in the winter.

Snow Buntings: Early this week there was a flock along CR5 north of Alesche’s Accommodations.

Mammals: Ermine coming occasionally to deer rib cages at the Welcome Center. Keep your eyes open…especially near any deer rib cages!

Moose cow and calf seen occasionally along CR133 east of CR7 (CAUTION: This is a 55MPH road with narrow shoulders and a fair amount of traffic.)

Wolf/wolves seen along Arkola west of CR7 a couple weeks ago.

Pine Marten—Best bet is at Admiral Road feeders but only comes sporadically, and is not seen every day.

Snowshoe Hare seen at both Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk and Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog.

SEE ARCHIVED BIRD/MAMMAL REPORTS FROM PREVIOUS YEARS HERE

Snow Buntings: There were a few small flocks in the Bog last few weeks. Check CR5 near Aleshes Accommodations, but my guess is that they will be heading south due to the increased snow depth.

Mammals: Pine Martens (4 different individuals) coming daily to Admiral Road feeders. Ermine has been seen feeding on rib cages at Welcome Center.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Thursday, Nov 16, 2023.

NOTES

  1. WELCOME CENTER is CLOSED but opens December 2, 2023 and will be open 10am-3pm daily.
  2. The welcome center outhouse is open to visitors.
  3. 2024 BIRDING MAP AVAILABLE ONLINE and at Welcome Center.

Welcome Center will open for the season on Sat. Dec 2
(Dec 2, 2023 to March 10, 2024— 10 am to 3 pm daily)

**Firearms Deer Season is open until Sunday Nov 19 at sunset. Be Aware. Consider delaying your visit until after Thanksgiving when we will be putting up feeders.

Great Gray Owls: Several scattered reports. Remember, they can possibly be found ANYWHERE THERE IS BOG. McDavitt and Admiral have been best lately.

Rough-legged Hawks: A few around mainly along CR133 and CR7. 

Ruffed Grouse: Best looked for at dawn and dusk when they actively feed on birch and aspen buds. This is when they are active because their main predator, the Goshawk, is mainly hunting in the daylight hours.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Recent sightings at Warren Nelson Bog-Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk, and Admiral Road bog stretch. Could be anywhere there are spruce or tamaracks.

Canada Jay: Can be found anywhere there is Black Spruce bog. Try pishing and squeeking.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, Auggie’s Bogwalk and farm fields along CR229.

Northern Shrike: Several sightings scattered about the Bog. Look for a robin-sized bird teed up on the tip-top of trees…or on telephone wires.

Pine Grosbeaks: Very few reports yet.

Evening Grosbeaks: They have returned to Mary Lou’s feeders!

Crossbills: No reports that I am aware of. The Winter Finch Forecast 2022-23 indicates there may be a movement of Red Crossbills this winter. No sign of it here yet.

Snow Buntings: There were a few small flocks in the Bog last few weeks. Check CR5 near Aleshes Accommodations, but my guess is that they will be heading south due to the increased snow depth.

Mammals: Keep your eyes open…especially near any deer rib cages!

Short-tailed Weasel seen along Admiral Road recently.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Thursday, September 7, 2023.

NOTES

  1. WELCOME CENTER is CLOSED daily until December 2nd.
  2. The welcome center outhouse is open to visitors.
  3. 2023 BIRDING MAP AVAILABLE ONLINE AND AT Welcome Center.

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. Watch your REAR VIEW MIRROR for traffic coming up behind you and move over to let them pass. Snowplows are especially important this time of year…Move over, stop, and let them pass.
  2. PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS.
  3. Please RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY: Stay off Railroad property and don’t turn around in private driveways.
  4. ONLY PARK IN Mary Lou’s DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD, and NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.

Welcome Center is OPEN FOR THE SUMMER (June-August, 10 am to 3 pm)

SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Thursday, June 15, 2023

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. Watch your REAR VIEW MIRROR for traffic coming up behind you and move over to let them pass. Snowplows are especially important this time of year…Move over, stop, and let them pass.
  2. PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS.
  3. Please RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY: Stay off Railroad property and don’t turn around in private driveways.
  4. ONLY PARK IN Mary Lou’s DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD, and NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.

BIRDS

*** Over 20 species of Warbler Nest in the Sax-Zim Bog, with nearly 120 species of bird nesting in our area ***

Connecticut Warbler- No recent reports

Golden-winged Warbler- Throughout the bog in areas with alder and willow thickets, also in young aspen stands.

Mourning Warbler– Throughout the bog in habitats with thick understory vegetation.

Pine Warbler– Norway Ridge Road, McDavitt Recreation Area

Great Gray Owl- Admiral Road, McDavitt Road, Lake Nichols Road.

Black-backed Woodpecker- McDavitt Road north of South Logging Road

Boreal Chickadee- Admiral Road north end of bog stretch, Arkola Road east of Owl Avenue

Canada Jay- Scattered through the bog, in areas with Black Spruce and Tamarack

Black-billed Magpie- Areas with agriculture are best for this species, like Watsula and Dart Road, south end of McDavitt Road, Poplar Road, etc.

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher- Tamarack dense stretches of bog along Admiral and McDavitt Roads, Owl Avenue, Winterberry Bog, Arkola Road, etc.

PLANTS

Pink Ladyslipper- Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk, Bob Russel Memorial Bog Walk, Gray Jay Way, very common through bog habitats in the area. Peak bloom period is just past, but lots of blooms are still present.

White flowers are persisting, especially Viburnum species, Dogwood species, Yarrow, etc; Non-native species like Tall Yellow and Orange Hawkweed and Large-leaved Lupine are flowering along roadsides.

Lots of blooming from Northern Blue Flag Iris along wet roadsides, plenty of Indian Paintbrush blooming along roads, with interesting species like Eastern Swamp Saxifrage flowering along wet ditches.

BUTTERFLIES and DRAGONFLIES

Spreading Dogbane should be flowering within the next week, which will attract the best diversity of butterflies. Find this plant blooming and you will likely see good pollinator diversity.

Newly hatched White Admirals, Little Wood Satyr, Viceroy, and American Ladies dot the roadsides. Skipper diversity is starting to increase and most early season species (commas, elfins, blues) are fading away.

Odonate diversity is increasing! Baskettail hatches are on-going with four species present. Bluets, Sedge Sprites, and Forktails are appearing along lake edges and slow moving water. Clubtails are starting to fly in good numbers along rivers in the area.

MAMMALS

Recently a number of Black Bears have been sighted along Overton, Admiral, and Lake Nichols Roads. A few Fishers have been seen in the Bog recently, especially along boggy stretches. Franklin’s Ground Squirrels are around the Welcome Center and other scattered locations in the Bog.

(With any questions about bird, plant, or other species please contact Head Naturalist Clinton at naturalist@saxzim.org)

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Wednesday, March 20, 2023

WHY DO WE CLOSE IN MID MARCH?

Though there is still FEET of snow in the woods, and air temps can be around Zero F, daylength is increasing and all the birds know it.

Many of our winter finches will soon be leaving us for their Canadian breeding grounds (Pine Grosbeaks have already vacated the Bog).

Feeders need to be taken down because after April 1 Black Bears may be emerging and they will wreak havoc on any feeders still out.

Owls are starting to think about courtship and nesting.

The roads and parking pads in Sax-Zim get soft and mucky at this time of year.

So it is best that we shut down operations for a couple months.

We will resume field trips in early May, and the Welcome Center will open for the summer on June 1st.

Thank you!

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Wed March 1, 2023

** NOTES

Welcome Center is open 10am-3pm DAILY (7-days per week). We CLOSE FOR THE SEASON on Sunday March 12th at 3pm.

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. Watch your REAR VIEW MIRROR for traffic coming up behind you and move over to let them pass. Snowplows are especially important this time of year…Move over, stop, and let them pass.
  2. PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS.
  3. Please RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY: Stay off Railroad property and don’t turn around in private driveways.
  4. ONLY PARK IN Mary Lou’s DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD, and NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.

Great Gray Owls: Reports increasing as of late, but still not a sure thing. Reported sporadically from Overton Road, McDavitt, Admiral and CR7. Remember, they can possibly be found ANYWHERE THERE IS BOG. Mainly active at dawn/early morning and after 3pm.

Snowy Owl: No recent sightings. Could show up anywhere in open country in Sax-Zim.

Rough-legged Hawks: All have vacated the bog due to very deep snow. They have moved south in search of thinner snow cover.

Northern Hawk Owl: Continues along Sax Road just west of CR7. Sometimes perches quite close to the road in a snag, and other times is far out in the WMA to the south. Okay to walk in the WMA. Look for a football-sized and shaped blob.

Barred Owl: Seen regularly in the spruces along the north side of Arkola Road between Owl Avenue and Stickney Road.

Northern Goshawk:  They are around in the winter, and Admiral Road is a good place to search. Could be anywhere in the Bog since their favorite prey is abundant here: Ruffed Grouse and Snowshoe Hare.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Active lek on the Sax WMA and often visible dancing atop the snow in early to mid morning. Scan to the west side of CR7 a half to quarter mile south of Sax Road. Lek is at least a quarter mile west.

Ruffed Grouse: Best looked for at dawn and dusk when they actively feed on birch and aspen buds. This is when they are active because their main predator, the Goshawk, is mainly hunting in the daylight hours.

Spruce Grouse: Rare but best bet is Sax Road between Cranberry and McDavitt.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Several sightings along McDavitt “Miracle Mile” stretch quarter mile north of parking pad, which is not plowed this year. Could be anywhere there are spruce or tamaracks.

American Three-toed Woodpecker: No sightings in Sax-Zim this winter.

Bohemian Waxwings: Sporadic sightings in random places across the Bog.

Boreal Chickadee: The end of Gray Jay Way (1/2 mile hiking trail at Welcome Center) has had Boreals feeding on suet cakes as of late. This is a half-mile trail that is walkable without snowshoes. Judd’s feeders along Arkola Road a quarter mile east of Owl Avenue also hosts them. Multiple sightings at the Admiral Road feeders as well. Pishing and squeeking anywhere in black spruce bog may bring out a mixed flock of Black-capped and Boreal Chickadees.

Canada Jay: A bit harder to find now since they are beginning to nest. Can be found anywhere there is Black Spruce bog. Try pishing and squeaking. Comes to suet feeders at Welcome Center, Admiral Road, Yellow-bellied Bog and other feeding stations with suet.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, Auggie’s Bogwalk and farm fields along CR229.

Northern Shrike: Many sightings scattered about the Bog. Look for a robin-sized bird teed up on the tip-top of trees…or on telephone wires.

Pine Grosbeaks: Look for them soon since they return to the Far North during the first week in March. Check Auggie’s Bogwalk feeders, Admiral Road feeders, etc.

Evening Grosbeaks: Many at the Welcome center feeders. Also flocks at Sisu Feeders at the Zabin, and Mary Lou’s Feeders.

White-winged Crossbills: Few reports but they are here. Carefully check out any flock of birds feeding/gritting/salting directly on roadways.

Red Crossbills: Listen for flocks feeding in Red Pines along Norway Ridge Road and at McDavitt Rec area near hockey rink.

Common Redpolls: Scattered flocks away from feeders. Best bet is Stone Lake Road.

Hoary Redpoll: One reported in small flock of Commons along Stone Lake Road just east of CR7. Conventional wisdom is that there is one Hoary per 100 Commons, so look through flocks carefully!

Snow Buntings: Small flocks seen  along CR5 north of CR133 but south of Arkola/CR52.

Mammals:

Ermine—Seen recently at Welcome Center rib cages. Keep your eyes open…especially near any deer rib cages!

Moose—No recent sightings.

Bobcat—No sightings in recent weeks around the Bog. Could appear anywhere.

Pine Marten—Best bet is at Admiral Road feeders but only comes sporadically, and is not seen every day. Could be encountered anywhere in the Bog

Snowshoe Hare—Very regular at the end of Gray Jay Way where it feeds sporadically on sunflower seeds.

Timber Wolf—Could be encountered anywhere in Sax-Zim…usually in morning.

Porcupine—Recent sighting on south end of Stickney Road. Could be anywhere. Look for a blob in a tree.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Wed February 1, 2023

** NOTES

  1. Welcome Center is open 10am-3pm DAILY (7-days per week)

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. Watch your REAR VIEW MIRROR for traffic coming up behind you and move over to let them pass. Snowplows are especially important this time of year…Move over, stop, and let them pass.
  2. PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS.
  3. Please RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY: Stay off Railroad property and don’t turn around in private driveways.
  4. ONLY PARK IN Mary Lou’s DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD, and NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.

Great Gray Owls: Few reports recently. Latest reports from CR7 south of Byrne’s Greenhouse. Also reported sporadically from Overton Road, McDavitt, Admiral and CR7. Remember, they can possibly be found ANYWHERE THERE IS BOG. Mainly active at dawn/early morning and after 3pm.

Snowy Owl: No recent sightings. Could show up anywhere in open country in Sax-Zim.

Rough-legged Hawks: All have vacated the bog due to very deep snow. They have moved south in search of thinner snow cover.

Northern Hawk Owl: Continues along Sax Road just west of CR7. Sometimes perches quite close to the road in a snag, and other times is far out in the WMA to the south. Okay to walk in the WMA. Look for a football-sized and shaped blob.

Northern Goshawk:  They are around in the winter, and Admiral Road is a good place to search. Could be anywhere in the Bog since their favorite prey is abundant here: Ruffed Grouse and Snowshoe Hare.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Sadly the last Sharptail has disappeared from the former lek and feeders on CR229 near Racek Road. Sightings are rare now but best bet would be Sax Road between McDavitt and CR7.

Ruffed Grouse: Best looked for at dawn and dusk when they actively feed on birch and aspen buds. This is when they are active because their main predator, the Goshawk, is mainly hunting in the daylight hours.

Spruce Grouse: Yes! You heard me right….there was a recent sighting in a Jack Pine along Sax Road, and earlier a couple sightings along Stone Lake Road in October (and Nov?). This is a species that is more common much farther north in Minnesota but may be recolonizing Sax-Zim (They were here prior to the 1970s).

Black-backed Woodpecker: Weeks old report from Bob Russel Bogwalk at Winterberry Bog and McDavitt Road bog stretch north of parking pad. Could be anywhere there are spruce or tamaracks.

American Three-toed Woodpecker: No sightings in Sax-Zim this winter.

Bohemian Waxwings: More common than normal this winter…and likely to increase in numbers. But they are hard to find since they wander and there are few mountain-ash or crabapples trees in Meadowlands. Also keep an eye (and ear) out for them anywhere in the Bog where they may be finding Winterberries (bumper crop this year.). Seen near Mary Lou’s last week.

Boreal Chickadee: The end of Gray Jay Way (1/2 mile hiking trail at Welcome Center) has had Boreals feeding on suet cakes as of late. This is a half-mile trail that is walkable without snowshoes. Could be anywhere there is mature Black Spruce bog. Pishing and squeeking anywhere in black spruce bog may bring out a mixed flock of Black-capped and Boreal Chickadees. Also at Admiral Road feeders…sometimes.

Canada Jay: Can be found anywhere there is Black Spruce bog. Try pishing and squeaking. Comes to suet feeders at Welcome Center, Admiral Road, Yellow-bellied Bog and other feeding stations with suet.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, Auggie’s Bogwalk and farm fields along CR229.

Northern Shrike: Many sightings scattered about the Bog. Look for a robin-sized bird teed up on the tip-top of trees…or on telephone wires.

Pine Grosbeaks: Decent numbers around and starting to come to feeders. Check Auggie’s Bogwalk feeders, Admiral Road feeders, etc.

Evening Grosbeaks: Many at the Welcome center feeders. Also flocks at Sisu Feeders at the Zabin, and Mary Lou’s Feeders.

White-winged Crossbills: Few reports but they are here. Carefully check out any flock of birds feeding/gritting/salting directly on roadways.

Common Redpolls: Scattered flocks away from feeders. They usually do not come very regularly to thistle until mid winter. Check any road with alders and birches…Nichols Lake Road, Stone Lake Road.

Hoary Redpoll: One reported in small flock of Commons along Admiral Road south of feeders. Conventional wisdom is that there is one Hoary per 100 Commons, so look through flocks carefully!

Snow Buntings: Small flocks seen  along CR5 north of CR133 but south of Arkola/CR52.

Mammals:

Ermine—Seen recently at Welcome Center rib cages… Also near end of Gray Jay Way. Mostly in afternoon as of late. Keep your eyes open…especially near any deer rib cages!

Moose—Cow and calf (and sometimes small bull) seen a few weeks ago within a mile in each direction of intersection of CR133 and CR7.

Bobcat—No sightings in recent weeks around the Bog. Could appear anywhere.

Pine Marten—Best bet is at Admiral Road feeders but only comes sporadically, and is not seen every day. Could be encountered anywhere in the Bog

Snowshoe Hare—Seen at Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk recently, but could also be found at Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog.

Timber Wolf—One recent sighting in south end of Bog. Could be encountered anywhere…usually in morning.

Porcupine—Could be anywhere. Look for a blob in a tree.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Sunday Jan 15, 2023

** NOTES

  1. Welcome Center is open 10am-3pm DAILY (7-days per week)

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS.
  2. Please RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY: Stay off Railroad property and don’t turn around in private driveways.
  3. ONLY PARK IN Mary Lou’s DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD, and NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.

Great Gray Owls: Reported sporadically from Overton Road, McDavitt, Admiral and CR7. Remember, they can possibly be found ANYWHERE THERE IS BOG. Mainly active at dawn/early morning and after 3pm.

Snowy Owl: No recent sightings. Could show up anywhere in open country in Sax-Zim.

Rough-legged Hawks: Most have vacated the bog due to very deep snow. They have moved south in search of thinner snow cover.

Northern Hawk Owl: One seen this last week along Sax Road just 1/2 mile west of CR7 and (same bird) sometimes along CR7 south of Sax Road near WMA parking area. Usually perches far from the road to the south. Look for a football-sized and shaped blob.

Northern Goshawk:  Several recent sightings. Admiral Road is a good place to search. Could be anywhere in the Bog since their favorite prey is abundant here: Ruffed Grouse and Snowshoe Hare.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Sadly the last Sharptail has disappeared from the former lek and feeders on CR229 near Racek Road. Sightings are rare now but best bet would be Sax Road between McDavitt and CR7.

Ruffed Grouse: Best looked for at dawn and dusk when they actively feed on birch and aspen buds. This is when they are active because their main predator, the Goshawk, is mainly hunting in the daylight hours.

Spruce Grouse: Yes! You heard me right….there were a couple sightings along Stone Lake Road in October (and Nov?). None recent. This is a species that is more common much farther north in Minnesota but may be recolonizing Sax-Zim (They were here prior to the 1970s).

Black-backed Woodpecker: Recent reports from Bob Russel Bogwalk at Winterberry Bog and McDavitt Road bog stretch north of parking pad. Could be anywhere there are spruce or tamaracks.

American Three-toed Woodpecker: No sightings in Sax-Zim this winter.

Bohemian Waxwings: Flock seen at Welcome Center yesterday. More common than normal this winter…and likely to increase in numbers. But they are hard to find since they wander and there are few mountain-ash or crabapples trees in Meadowlands. Also keep an eye (and ear) out for them anywhere in the Bog where they may be finding Winterberries (bumper crop this year.)

Boreal Chickadee: The end of Gray Jay Way (1/2 mile hiking trail at Welcome Center) has had Boreals feeding on suet cakes as of late. This is a half-mile trail that is walkable without snowshoes. Could be anywhere there is mature Black Spruce bog. Pishing and squeeking anywhere in black spruce bog may bring out a mixed flock of Black-capped and Boreal Chickadees.

Canada Jay: Can be found anywhere there is Black Spruce bog. Try pishing and squeaking. Comes to suet feeders at Welcome Center, Admiral Road, Yellow-bellied Bog and other feeding stations with suet.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, Auggie’s Bogwalk and farm fields along CR229.

Northern Shrike: Many sightings scattered about the Bog. Look for a robin-sized bird teed up on the tip-top of trees…or on telephone wires.

Pine Grosbeaks: Decent numbers around and starting to come to feeders. Check Auggie’s Bogwalk feeders, Admiral Road feeders, etc.

Evening Grosbeaks: Many at the Welcome center feeders. Also flocks at Sisu Feeders at the Zabin, and Mary Lou’s Feeders.

White-winged Crossbills: Few reports. Most recently at north end of McDavitt Bog stretch (1/2 mile to 1 mile north of parking pad on west side).

Common Redpolls: Scattered flocks away from feeders. They usually do not come very regularly to thistle until mid winter. Check any road with alders and birches…Nichols Lake Road, Stone Lake Road.

American Tree Sparrow: One seen at Warren Nelson Bog along Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk near feeders at beginning.

Snow Buntings: Small flocks seen recently at Admiral Road gravel pits and along CR5 north of CR133 but south of Arkola/CR52.

Mammals:

Ermine: Seen regularly (okay…somewhat regularly) at the Welcome Center. Keep your eyes open…especially near any deer rib cages!

Moose: Recent sightings within a mile in each direction of intersection of CR133 and CR7.

Multiple Bobcat sightings in recent weeks around the Bog. Could appear anywhere.

Pine Marten—Best bet is at Admiral Road feeders but only comes sporadically, and is not seen every day.

Snowshoe Hare—Seen at Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk recently, but could also be found at Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog.

Porcupine—Could be anywhere. Look for a blob in a tree.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Wednesday Jan 1, 2023

** NOTES

  1. Welcome Center is open 10am-3pm DAILY (7-days per week)

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS.
  2. Please RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY: Stay off Railroad property and don’t turn around in private driveways.
  3. ONLY PARK IN Mary Lou’s DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD, and NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.

Great Gray Owls: Reported Daily from Overton Road, McDavitt, Admiral and CR7. Remember, they can possibly be found ANYWHERE THERE IS BOG. Mainly active at dawn/early morning and after 3pm.

Snowy Owl: No recent sightings. One was seen near Byrnes Greenhouse along CR7 weeks ago. Could be found anywhere in open country in Sax-Zim.

Rough-legged Hawks: A few around mainly along CR133 and CR7. This snowstorm will likely send them south in search of less snow cover.

Northern Hawk Owl: Very sporadic sightings. Last one was in late December along Kolu.

Northern Goshawk:  Could be anywhere in the Bog since their favorite prey is abundant here: Ruffed Grouse and Snowshoe Hare.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Sadly the last Sharptail has disappeared from the former lek and feeders on CR229 near Racek Road. Sightings are rare now but best bet would be Sax Road between McDavitt and CR7.

Ruffed Grouse: Best looked for at dawn and dusk when they actively feed on birch and aspen buds. This is when they are active because their main predator, the Goshawk, is mainly hunting in the daylight hours.

Spruce Grouse: Yes! You heard me right….there were a couple sightings along Stone Lake Road in October (and Nov?). None recent. This is a species that is more common much farther north in Minnesota but may be recolonizing Sax-Zim (They were here prior to the 1970s).

Black-backed Woodpecker: Only one sighting and this was along Admiral Road south of the feeders. Could be anywhere there are spruce or tamaracks.

American Three-toed Woodpecker: No sightings this winter.

Bohemian Waxwings: More common than normal this winter so far…and likely to increase in numbers. But they are hard to find since they wander and there are few mountain-ash or crabapples trees in Meadowlands. Also keep an eye (and ear) out for them anywhere in the Bog where they may be finding Winterberries (bumper crop this year.)

Boreal Chickadee: The end of Gray Jay Way (1/2 mile hiking trail at Welcome Center) has had Borealis feeding on suet cakes as of late. This is a half mile trail that is walkable without snowshoes. Could be anywhere there is mature Black Spruce bog. Pishing and squeeking anywhere in black spruce bog may bring out a mixed flock of Black-capped and Boreal Chickadees.

Canada Jay: Can be found anywhere there is Black Spruce bog. Try pishing and squeezing. Comes to suet feeders at Welcome Center, Admiral Road, Yellow-bellied Bog and other feeding stations with suet.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, Auggie’s Bogwalk and farm fields along CR229.

Northern Shrike: Many sightings scattered about the Bog. Look for a robin-sized bird teed up on the tip-top of trees…or on telephone wires.

Pine Grosbeaks: Decent numbers around but not coming regularly to feeders…yet. Check Nichols Lake Road and other dirt road where they may be getting salt off the roadbed.

Evening Grosbeaks: Many at the Welcome center feeders. Also flocks at Sisu Feeders at the Zabin, and Mary Lou’s Feeders.

White-winged Crossbills: Very few reports. Twenty-one were tallied on the Sax-Zim Bog CBC on December 19th.

Common Redpolls: Scattered flocks away from feeders. They usually do not come very regularly to thistle until mid winter. Check any road with alders and birches…Nichols Lake Road, Stone Lake Road.

Snow Buntings: There were a few small flocks in the Bog last few weeks. Check CR5 near Aleshes Accommodations, but my guess is that they will be heading south due to the increased snow depth.

Mammals:

Ermine: Keep your eyes open…especially near any deer rib cages!

Moose: Recent sightings since mid December along CR133 and CR7 south of CR133.

Multiple Bobcat sightings in recent weeks around the Bog. Could appear anywhere.

Pine Marten—Best bet is at Admiral Road feeders but only comes sporadically, and is not seen every day.

Snowshoe Hare—Seen at Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk recently, but could also be found at Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Wednesday Dec 14, 2022

** NOTES

  1. WELCOME CENTER OPENS FOR THE SEASON ON SATURDAY DECEMBER 3
  2. Open 10am-3pm DAILY (7-days per week)

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS.
  2. Please RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY: Stay off Railroad property and don’t turn around in private driveways.
  3. ONLY PARK IN Mary Lou’s DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD, and NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.

Winter is hitting us hard today and tomorrow so the Welcome Center will be closed (Dec 14-15)
**Admiral Road feeders vandalized again. This is a community feeder so feel free to hang more feeders.


Great Gray Owls:
 Several scattered reports. Remember, they can possibly be found ANYWHERE THERE IS BOG. McDavitt and Admiral have been best lately.

Snowy Owl: A few weeks ago one was seen near Byrnes Greenhouse along CR7. Could be found anywhere in open country in Sax-Zim.

Rough-legged Hawks: A few around mainly along CR133 and CR7. This snowstorm will likely send them south in search of less snow cover.

Northern Hawk Owl: One seen between Admiral Road and CR7 near Sax Road last week. Has not been relocated.

Northern Goshawk:  Could be anywhere in the Bog since their favorite prey is abundant here: Ruffed Grouse and Snowshoe Hare.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Sadly the last Sharptail has disappeared from the former lek and feeders on CR229 near Racek Road. Sightings are rare now but best bet would be Sax Road between McDavitt and CR7.

Ruffed Grouse: Best looked for at dawn and dusk when they actively feed on birch and aspen buds. This is when they are active because their main predator, the Goshawk, is mainly hunting in the daylight hours.

Spruce Grouse: Yes! You heard me right….there were a couple sightings along Stone Lake Road in October (and Nov?). None recent. This is a species that is more common much farther north in Minnesota but may be recolonizing Sax-Zim (They were here prior to the 1970s).

Black-backed Woodpecker: Only one sighting and this was along Admiral Road south of the feeders. Could be anywhere there are spruce or tamaracks.

American Three-toed Woodpecker: No sightings this winter.

Bohemian waxwings: More common than normal this winter so far…and likely to increase in numbers. But they are hard to find since they wander and there are few mountain-ash or crabapples trees in Meadowlands. Also keep an eye (and ear) out for them anywhere in the Bog where they may be finding Winterberries (bumper crop this year.)

Boreal Chickadee: Suet is now in place at the end of Gray Jay Way (hiking trail at Welcome Center). Check this spot since they were very regular last winter. This is a half mile trail that is walkable without snowshoes. Could be anywhere there is mature Black Spruce bog. Pishing and squeeking may bring out a mixed flock of Black-capped and Boreal Chickadees.

Canada Jay: Can be found anywhere there is Black Spruce bog. Try pishing and squeezing. Comes to suet feeders at Welcome Center, Admiral Road, Yellow-bellied Bog and other feeding stations with suet.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, Auggie’s Bogwalk and farm fields along CR229.

Northern Shrike: Several sightings scattered about the Bog. Look for a robin-sized bird teed up on the tip-top of trees…or on telephone wires.

Pine Grosbeaks: Decent numbers around but not coming regularly to feeders…yet. Check Nichols Lake Road and other dirt road where they may be getting salt off the roadbed.

Evening Grosbeaks: Many at the Welcome center feeders. Also flocks at Sisu Feeders at the Zabin, and Mary Lou’s.

Crossbills: No reports that I am aware of. The Winter Finch Forecast 2022-23 indicates there may be a movement of Red Crossbills this winter. No sign of it here yet.

Common Redpolls: Scattered flocks away from feeders. They usually do not come very regularly to thistle until mid winter. Check any road with alders and birches…Nichols Lake Road, Stone Lake Road.

Snow Buntings: There were a few small flocks in the Bog last few weeks. Check CR5 near Aleshes Accommodations, but my guess is that they will be heading south due to the increased snow depth.

Mammals: Keep your eyes open…especially near any deer rib cages!

Multiple Bobcat sightings in recent weeks around the Bog. Could appear anywhere.

Pine Marten—Best bet is at Admiral Road feeders but only comes sporadically, and is not seen every day (As of today, Admiral Road feeders were all stolen…I’m sure more will be put up by birders).

Snowshoe Hare—Seen at Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk recently, but could also be found at Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog.

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Deer season is over and bird feeders are being placed and filled around the Bog.
Not too many reports yet. But it is early. Stay tuned!


Great Gray Owls:
 No reports in the last month. But it is early.

Snowy Owl: One has been seen sporadically late in the day near Byrnes Greenhouse along CR7.

Rough-legged Hawks: Surprisingly few.

Canada Jay: Now in nesting mode but may be seen at deer rib cages and suet throughout the Bog.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, Auggie’s Bogwalk and farm fields along CR229.

Northern Shrike: Several sightings.

Pine Grosbeaks: Decent numbers around. Check Welcome Center feeders and Mary Lou’s.

Evening Grosbeaks: 50 at the Welcome center on Nov. 21. Also flocks at Sisu Feeders at the Zabin, and Mary Lou’s

Common Redpolls: Scattered flocks. Not many.

Snow Buntings: There are a few small flocks in the Bog now.

Mammals: Ermine coming occasionally to deer rib cages at the Welcome Center. Keep your eyes open…especially near any deer rib cages!

Multiple Bobcat sightings in recent weeks around the Bog. Could appear anywhere.

Pine Marten—Best bet is at Admiral Road feeders but only comes sporadically, and is not seen every day.

Snowshoe Hare seen at both Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk and Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated September 6, 2022

** NOTES

  1. WELCOME CENTER is CLOSED daily until mid-December.
  2. The welcome center outhouse is open to visitors.
  3. 2022 BIRDING MAP AVAILABLE ONLINE AND AT Welcome Center.

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

    1. PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS.
    2. Please RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY: Stay off Railroad property and don’t turn around in private driveways.
  • ONLY PARK IN Mary Lou’s DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD, and NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.

 

SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated June 30, 2022

** NOTES

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS.
  2. Please RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY: Stay off Railroad property and don’t turn around in private driveways.
  3. ONLY PARK IN Mary Lou’s DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD, and NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.

Fledgling Season: Late June is typically the start of fledging season in the Sax-Zim Bog, with a number of species tending fledglings at this time of year. Recently, newly fledged Lincoln’s Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, and Black-capped Chickadees have been making plenty of noise along Gray Jay Way, with a newly fledged group of Winter Wrens bouncing along the undergrowth along the Bob Russel Memorial Boardwalk. This is a great time of year to listen for young Great Gray Owls screeching to their parents to be fed and to observed very short-tailed fledgling Black-billed Magpies in the agricultural areas of the Bog.

Warblers: There is still an impressive number of warblers still singing in the Bog. Over the last week at least 17 species of warbler have continued singing, though they are not singing all day long as they do in the early season. Nashville, Mourning, Chestnut-sided Warblers, Ovenbirds, and Common Yellowthroats have been especially vocal. Many of the warblers that nest in the Bog will be tending fledglings in the next few weeks, so pay attention to the raspy chips of young birds!

Other Breeding Birds: Many other birds can still be found at this time of year, but they are getting much harder to find due to trees full of leaves and bird song decreasing. Stop in to the Welcome Center for information on grassland species, boreal forest breeders, and beyond!

Wildflowers: Summer is the peak time for biodiversity in the Sax-Zim Bog and many visitors have interest in birds, bugs, and everything in between. Starting in July, we start to see an increase in wildflowers blooming, especially along the roadsides, open fields, and marshes. In the next week or two expect good diversity in flowers especially along Lake Nichols Road, McDavitt and Admiral Roads, Owl Avenue north of the Welcome Center, and along County Road 83!

Butterflies: There are a number of species flying right now! Spreading Dogbane is starting to flower and this species will a major source of butterfly activity in the next week or two. Lake Nichols Road usually has great butterfly diversity, as well as Owl Avenue and County Road 83. For butterfly specific questions, feel free to reach out to Head Naturalist Clinton at naturalist@saxzim.org or attend our upcoming Butterfly Field Trip! Registration can be found here: saxzim.org/events

Dragonflies and Damselflies: Late June and the beginning of July sees an abundance of dragonfly and damselflies in the Sax-Zim Bog. Checking boat launches, river landings, and deeper roadside ditches can hold really great diversity. Clubtails can be easily found patrolling the St. Louis River, with skimmers along Owl Avenue and Stone Lake Road, and many specialized Emeralds patrolling bog edges. If you want to learn more about odonates, we also have an upcoming field trip for these species: saxzim.org/events

General Wildlife: It is baby season for most mammals in the Bog! White-tailed Deer fawns are beginning to be more active, bear cubs might also be seen traveling with their mothers, and inquisitive young Red Squirrels are hopping along our boardwalks. There are no specific locations to seek out mammals, but early mornings or later in the evening can be great times to search for mammals in the Sax-Zim Bog.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated June 19, 2022

** NOTES

  1. WELCOME CENTER is OPEN daily through August.
  2. The welcome center building is now open to visitors.
  3. 2022 BIRDING MAP AVAILABLE ONLINE AND AT Welcome Center

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS.
  2. Please RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY: Stay off Railroad property and don’t turn around in private driveways.
  3. ONLY PARK IN Mary Lou’s DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD, and NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Friday March 22, 2022

** NOTES

  1. WELCOME CENTER IS NOW CLOSED (outhouse remains open)
  2. Thanks for a Great Winter!
  3. We will open for the summer on June 1, 2022

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Friday March 11, 2022

** NOTES

  1. WELCOME CENTER CLOSES FOR THE SEASON ON SUNDAY MARCH 13 AT 3PM
  2. Thanks for a Great Winter!

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS. 
  2. Please RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY: Stay off Railroad property and don’t turn around in private driveways.
  3. ONLY PARK IN Mary Lou’s DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD, and NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.


Great Gray Owls:
 Seen sporadically in multiple spots in the Bog. Try along CR7 south and north of Byrne’s Greenhouse (please be careful when driving on this 55mph road and pull off outside the white lines AND ALL PARK ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE ROAD), CR7 about 1 to 2 mile south of CR133, Nichols Lake Road, CR133 east of Blue Spruce and CR133 west of US53, Owl Avenue, McDavitt Road or Admiral Road. REMEMBER…Great Grays are residents here and could possibly be seen anywhere there is bog habitat. Best to search dawn to 10am and last few hours before sunset.

Snowy Owl: No sightings recently.

Northern Hawk Owl: Seen daily along CR7 just north of Sax Road on the east side.

Rough-legged Hawks: No recent sightings.

Northern Goshawk:  Could be anywhere.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Check feeders at both farms near this intersection (one on east side and one on west side of CR229). Also have been seen along Sax Road.

Canada Jay: Now in nesting mode but may be seen at deer rib cages and suet throughout the Bog.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, Auggie’s Bogwalk and farm fields along CR229.

Northern Shrike: Many around the Bog. Best bets in open country along CR7, Arkola, Zim Road, CR229, and Stone Lake Road.

Black-backed Woodpecker:  One seen along the Bob Russell Bogwalk in late February.

American Three-toed Woodpecker:  No sightings this winter.

Boreal Chickadee: Seen regularly at the suet feeder at the end of Gray Jay Way that starts at Welcome Center outhouse. This is a half mile trail that is walkable without snowshoes.

Bohemian Waxwings: Unusual in the Bog. Individuals seen lately in scattered locations. Could be anywhere there are fruit trees.

Pine Grosbeaks: They have now vacated the Bog and are returning to their Canadian breeding grounds.

Evening Grosbeaks: They will also be leaving the Bog soon. Check “Sisu feeders at Zabin” along McDavitt Road and Mary Lou’s feeders.

White-winged Crossbills: Listen for them as they fly overhead. You can often pish them down. Best bets would be Owl Avenue, McDavitt and Admiral Roads.

Common Redpolls: They are here in good numbers! Hundreds can be seen in a day. Check feeders at Welcome Center and Auggie’s Bogwalk.

Hoary Redpolls: No recent reports.

Snow Buntings: Very few in the Bog now. They may be migrating north from southern Minnesota already so keep a lookout.

Mammals: Ermine coming occasionally to deer rib cages at the Welcome Center. Keep your eyes open…especially near any deer rib cages!

Multiple Bobcat sightings in recent weeks around the Bog. Could appear anywhere.

Pine Marten—Best bet is at Admiral Road feeders but only comes sporadically, and is not seen every day.

Snowshoe Hare seen at both Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk and Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated Friday February 4, 2022

** NOTES

  1. WELCOME CENTER is OPEN daily. Only one group at a time allowed in. Masks mandatory.
  2. Naturalists at the Welcome Center may have a table out front for sales
  3. 2022 BIRDING MAP AVAILABLE ONLINE AND AT Welcome Center

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS. 
  2. Please RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY: Stay off Railroad property and don’t turn around in private driveways.
  3. ONLY PARK IN Mary Lou’s DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD, and NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.


Great Gray Owls:
 Seen sporadically in multiple spots in the Bog. Try along CR7 south of Byrne’s Greenhouse (please be careful when driving on this 55mph road and pull off outside the white lines AND ALL PARK ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE ROAD), CR7 about 1 to 2 mile south of CR133, Nichols Lake Road, CR133 east of Blue Spruce and CR133 west of US53, Owl Avenue, McDavitt Road or Admiral Road. REMEMBER…Great Grays are residents here and could possibly be seen anywhere there is bog habitat. Best to search dawn to 10am and last few hours before sunset.

Snowy Owl: The one near Byrne’s Greenhouse continues. It is often far from the road. Scan the distant treeline and the tops of posts, barns and sheds. It will sometimes hunt from power poles and trees closer to CR7. (Please be careful when driving on this 55mph road and pull off outside the white lines AND ALL PARK ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE ROAD)

Northern Hawk Owl: No recent sightings.

Rough-legged Hawks: No recent sightings.

Northern Goshawk: One occasionally chasing Rock Pigeons at Mary Lou’s feeders. Look especially along Admiral Road near where the powerline crosses. Could be anywhere.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Flock of a dozen seen flying over Sax Road between CR7 and Cranberry. Also one to two seen near the Racek Road and CR229 intersection. Check feeders at both farms near this intersection (one on east side and one on west side of CR229).

Canada Jay: May be seen at deer rib cages and suet throughout the Bog. Several visit the feeders and rib cages at Welcome Center, Warren Nelson Memorial Bog, Yellow-bellied Bog and Winterberry Bog.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, Auggie’s Bogwalk and farm fields along CR229.

Northern Shrike: Many around the Bog. Best bets in open country along CR7, Arkola, Zim Road, CR229, and Stone Lake Road.

Black-backed Woodpecker:  Latest sightings were about 3/4 of the way north on Gray Jay Way at Welcome Center, McDavitt Road bog, and just south and just north of Admiral Road feeders. It is a permanent resident which does not come to bird feeders. Look and listen along boardwalks, and bog stretches of McDavitt Road and Admiral Road.

American Three-toed Woodpecker:  No sightings this winter.

Boreal Chickadee: Seen regularly at the suet feeder at the end of Gray Jay Way that starts at Welcome Center outhouse. This is a half mile trail that is walkable without snowshoes.

Bohemian Waxwings: Unusual in the Bog. Individuals seen lately in scattered locations. Could be anywhere there are fruit trees.

Pine Grosbeaks: Quite common. Listen for their “tweedling” song overhead. Seen at Welcome center feeders and “Sisu feeders at Zabin.”

Evening Grosbeaks: Up to 50 at Mary Lou’s feeders …and up to 75 at “Sisu feeders at Zabin” along McDavitt Road. A few sightings of individuals at the Welcome Center.

White-winged Crossbills: Listen for them as they fly overhead. You can often pish them down. Best bets would be Owl Avenue, McDavitt and Admiral Roads.

Common Redpolls: They are here in good numbers! Hundreds can be seen in a day. Check feeders at Welcome Center and Auggie’s Bogwalk.

Hoary Redpolls: Several individuals reported in the last week or two.

Snow Buntings: Very few in the Bog now. They may be migrating north from southern Minnesota already so keep a lookout.

Mammals: Ermine coming occasionally to deer rib cages at the Welcome Center. Keep your eyes open…especially near any deer rib cages!

Bobcat that was at rib cages at Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk has moved on. Multiple sightings in recent weeks around the Bog.

Pine Marten—Best bet is at Admiral Road feeders but only comes sporadically, and is not seen every day.

Snowshoe Hare seen at both Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk and Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated January 27, 2022

** NOTES

  1. WELCOME CENTER is ONLY OPEN intermittently until the latest COVID surge wanes.
  2. Naturalists at the Welcome Center may have a table out front for sales
  3. ALL NEW 2022 BIRDING MAP AVAILABLE ONLINE AND AT Welcome Center

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS. 
  2. Please RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY: Stay off Railroad property, don’t turn around in private driveways.
  3. Despite Mary Lou’s garage fire, she still wants birders to come! Please ONLY PARK IN HER DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD. And NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.
  4. At Winterberry Bog, please park in the parking pad, not on the road if possible.

WEATHER: 18-24 inches of snow on the ground throughout the Bog


Great Gray Owls:
 Seen sporadically in multiple spots in the Bog. Try along CR7 south of Byrne’s Greenhouse (please be careful when driving on this 55mph road and pull off outside the white lines AND ALL PARK ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE ROAD), CR7 about 1 to 2 mile south of CR133, Nichols Lake Road, CR133 east of Blue Spruce and CR133 west of US53, Owl Avenue, McDavitt Road or Admiral Road. REMEMBER…Great Grays are residents here and could possibly be seen anywhere there is bog habitat. Best to search dawn to 10am and last few hours before sunset.

Snowy Owl: One seen near Byrne’s Greenhouse this week. It is often far from the road. Scan the distant treeline and the tops of posts, barns and sheds. It will sometimes hunt from power poles and trees closer to CR7. (Please be careful when driving on this 55mph road and pull off outside the white lines AND ALL PARK ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE ROAD)

Northern Hawk Owl: No recent sightings.

Rough-legged Hawks: Now that the snow is deep, most Roughlegs have moved on.

Northern Goshawk: One has been chasing Rock Pigeons at Mary Lou’s feeders. Look especially along Admiral Road near where the powerline crosses. Could be anywhere.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Flock of a dozen seen flying over Sax Road between CR7 and Cranberry. Also one to two seen near the Racek Road and CR229 intersection. Check feeders at both farms near this intersection (one on east side and one on west side of CR229). Check feeders especially in the 9 to 10 am hour at the farm on the west side of the road.

Canada Jay: May be seen at deer rib cages and suet throughout the Bog. Several visit the feeders and rib cages at Welcome Center, Warren Nelson Memorial Bog, Yellow-bellied Bog and Winterberry Bog. Should also be easy to find along roads in Black Spruce/Tamarack bog areas (especially in the north half of the Bog).

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, Auggie’s Bogwalk and farm fields along CR229.

Northern Shrike: Many around the Bog. Best bets in open country along CR7, Arkola, Zim Road, CR229, and Stone Lake Road.

Black-backed Woodpecker:  Latest sightings were about 3/4 of the way north on Gray Jay Way at Welcome Center, McDavitt Road bog, and just south and just north of Admiral Road feeders. It is a permanent resident which does not come to bird feeders. Look and listen along boardwalks, and bog stretches of McDavitt Road and Admiral Road.

American Three-toed Woodpecker:  No sightings this winter.

Boreal Chickadee: Seen regularly at the suet feeder at the end of Gray Jay Way that starts at Welcome Center outhouse. This is a half mile trail that is walkable without snowshoes.

Bohemian Waxwings: Individuals seen lately in Meadowlands and other scattered locations. Could be anywhere there are fruit trees.

Pine Grosbeaks: Quite common. Listen for their “tweedling” song overhead. Seen at Welcome center feeders and “Sisu feeders at Zabin.”

Evening Grosbeaks: Up to 50 at Mary Lou’s feeders …and up to 75 at “Sisu feeders at Zabin” along McDavitt Road. A few sightings of individuals at the Welcome Center.

White-winged Crossbills: Listen for them as they fly overhead. You can often pish them down. Best bets would be Owl Avenue, McDavitt and Admiral Roads.

Common Redpolls: They are here in good numbers! Hundreds can be seen in a day. As usual for early winter, they are mostly feeding on birch and alder seeds and not coming to feeders.

Hoary Redpolls: One recorded on the Sax-Zim Christmas Bird Count. But often difficult to pick out of active flocks of foraging Commons. Easier to find when they begin coming to feeders later in the winter.

Snow Buntings: Early this week there was a flock along CR5 north of Alesche’s Accommodations. They may be migrating north from southern Minnesota already so keep a lookout.

Mammals: Ermine coming occasionally to deer rib cages at the Welcome Center. Keep your eyes open…especially near any deer rib cages!

Moose cow and calf had been seen along CR133 east of CR7 and on CR7 south of CR133 but no recent sightings. (CAUTION: This is a 55MPH road with narrow shoulders and a fair amount of traffic.)

Wolf/wolves—Pack seen along Nichols Lake Road. Also seen along Arkola west of CR7 a couple weeks ago.

Pine Marten—Best bet is at Admiral Road feeders but only comes sporadically, and is not seen every day.

Snowshoe Hare seen at both Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk and Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated January 17, 2022

** NOTES

  1. WELCOME CENTER is ONLY OPEN intermittently until the latest COVID surge wanes.
  2. Naturalists at the Welcome Center may have a table out front for sales
  3. ALL NEW 2022 BIRDING MAP AVAILABLE ONLINE AND AT Welcome Center

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE use common sense when birding/parking along area roads. NEVER park across from another vehicle. Only park on ONE SIDE of the road. ONLY bird from the roadsides. DO NOT STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS. 
  2. Despite Mary Lou’s garage fire, she still wants birders to come! Please ONLY PARK IN HER DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD. And NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.
  3. At Winterberry Bog, please park in the parking pad, not on the road if possible.

WEATHER: 18-24 inches of snow on the ground throughout the Bog


Great Gray Owls:
 Seen sporadically in multiple spots in the Bog. Try along CR7 south of Byrne’s Greenhouse (please be careful when driving on this 55mph road and pull off outside the white lines AND ALL PARK ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE ROAD), CR7 about 1 mile south of CR133, Nichols Lake Road, CR133 east of Blue Spruce and CR133 west of US53, Owl Avenue, McDavitt Road or Admiral Road. REMEMBER…Great Grays are residents here and could possibly be seen anywhere there is bog habitat. Best to search dawn to 10am and last few hours before sunset.

Snowy Owl: One seen near Byrne’s Greenhouse this week. It is often far from the road. Scan the distant treeline and the tops of posts, barns and sheds. It will sometimes hunt from power poles and trees closer to CR7. (Please be careful when driving on this 55mph road and pull off outside the white lines AND ALL PARK ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE ROAD)

Northern Hawk Owl: No recent sightings.

Rough-legged Hawks: Now that the snow is deep, most Roughlegs have moved on.

Northern Goshawk: One has been chasing Rock Pigeons at Mary Lou’s feeders. Look especially along Admiral Road near where the powerline crosses. Could be anywhere.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: One to two seen recently near the Racek Road and CR229 intersection. Check feeders at both farms near this intersection (one on east side and one on west side of CR229). It is most regular in the 9 to 10 am hour at the farm on the west side of the road.

Canada Jay: Quite active now. May be seen at deer rib cages and suet throughout the Bog. Several visit the feeders at Welcome Center, Warren Nelson Memorial Bog, Yellow-bellied Bog and Winterberry Bog. Should also be easy to find along roads in Black Spruce/Tamarack bog areas (especially in the north half of the Bog).

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and near road-killed deer. Good places to look include Arkola Road west of CR7, south end of McDavitt, Auggie’s Bogwalk and farm fields along CR229.

Northern Shrike: Many around the Bog. Best bets in open country along CR7, Arkola, Zim Road, CR229.

Black-backed Woodpecker:  Latest sightings were about 3/4 of the way north on Gray Jay Way at Welcome Center, McDavitt Road bog, and just south and just north of Admiral Road feeders. It is a permanent resident which does not come to bird feeders. Look and listen along boardwalks, and bog stretches of McDavitt Road and Admiral Road.

American Three-toed Woodpecker:  No sightings this winter.

Boreal Chickadee: Seen regularly at the suet feeder at the end of Gray Jay Way that starts at Welcome Center outhouse. This is a half mile trail that is walkable without snowshoes.

Bohemian waxwings: Individuals seen lately in Meadowlands and other scattered locations. Could be anywhere there are fruit trees.

Pine Grosbeaks: Quite common. Listen for their “tweedling” song overhead. Seen at Welcome center feeders and “Sisu feeders at Zabin.”

Evening Grosbeaks: Up to 50 at Mary Lou’s feeders …and up to 75 at “Sisu feeders at Zabin” along McDavitt Road. A few sightings of individuals at the Welcome Center.

White-winged Crossbills: Listen for them as they fly overhead. You can often pish them down. Best bets would be Owl Avenue, McDavitt and Admiral Roads.

Common Redpolls: They are here in good numbers! Hundreds can be seen in a day. As usual for early winter, they are mostly feeding on birch and alder seeds and not coming to feeders.

Hoary Redpolls: One recorded on the Sax-Zim Christmas Bird Count. But often difficult to pick out of active flocks of foraging Commons. Easier to find when they begin coming to feeders later in the winter.

Snow Buntings: Early this week there was a flock along CR5 north of Alesche’s Accommodations.

Mammals: Ermine coming occasionally to deer rib cages at the Welcome Center. Keep your eyes open…especially near any deer rib cages!

Moose cow and calf seen occasionally along CR133 east of CR7 (CAUTION: This is a 55MPH road with narrow shoulders and a fair amount of traffic.)

Wolf/wolves seen along Arkola west of CR7 a couple weeks ago.

Pine Marten—Best bet is at Admiral Road feeders but only comes sporadically, and is not seen every day.

Snowshoe Hare seen at both Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk and Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog.

SEE ARCHIVED BIRD/MAMMAL REPORTS FROM PREVIOUS YEARS HERE

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