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Bird Report

SAX-ZIM FLORA & FAUNA REPORT updated September 8th, 2021

Please Note: Fall is a busy time for hunting in our area. Here are some notes on hunting seasons and how to prepare for a visit in the fall. Archery Deer Hunting begins September 18, Rifle Deer Hunting season begins November 6, ending November 21. Ruffed Grouse season begins September 18. To be safe when birding or exploring the Bog off trail or on Wildlife Management Areas, be sure to wear bright colors, like blaze orange, to be visible to hunters in the area.

Fall birding in the Sax-Zim Bog can be difficult, as there is a lot of good habitat for migrating species to rest and refuel on their way south. Here are some tips for birding the Sax-Zim Bog during Fall migration:
Find areas with water and habitat edges. We are presently experiencing drought conditions in the Sax-Zim Bog, so any locations with water can be important for migrating birds. Stone Lake Road, Stone Lake Boat Landing, Lake Nichols Road, Lake Nichols Boat Landing, as well as others can be good. Most ditches also have an abundance of insect activity, even during colder stretches and can have increased bird activity. River corridors are also good places to check out, especially along the St. Louis River corridor. Habitat edges, like borders between open fields and forests, can be good places to search for birds as well.
For increased success birding during the fall, spend lots of time in one location and try to locate foraging flocks for warblers, vireos, and other species. Chickadees are often very vocal in these groups, so when you hear chickadees stop and check for other species!
Through the fall, species come and go daily. During early September, a lot of our long-distance migrants are leaving the area. This would include warblers, thrushes, vireos, and flycatchers. Even though these species are leaving, many more are arriving! Mid-late September sees an increase in migration from raptors. Check open fields and roadsides for these birds. Raptor migration continues through until mid to late November. Rough-legged Hawks and Northern Shrikes start arriving in good numbers by the middle of October. Winter Finches and northern owls don’t typically start arriving until mid-late November, though a few early birds might show up by the early parts of November.
Most of the resident species, like Black-backed Woodpecker, Boreal Chickadee, Canada Jay, Great Gray Owl, etc are more easily seen during the later parts of October and November. However, all of these species can be seen during any time of the year.
With any other questions about birding the area during fall migration, feel free to email Head Naturalist Clinton at naturalist@saxzim.org.

SAX-ZIM FLORA & FAUNA REPORT updated June 17, 2021

It is getting late in the season, so bird song is slowly fading out for early arriving species as nesting duties ramp up with new chicks in nests! However, that doesn’t mean that bird activity is finished for the season.
Warblers: The Welcome Center trails are still busy with sound from Ovenbird, Chestnut-sided, Nashville, Yellow-rumped, Palm, Mourning, and Golden-winged Warblers. Warren Nelson Bog also has fair diversity, with Blackburninan, Palm, Golden-winged, Chestnut-sided, Black-and-white, Mourning, Nashville, and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Pine Warblers can be found along Norway Ridge Road, with Ovenbird, Northern Parula, Pine, Black-throated Green, and Magnolia Warblers singing near the first bridge crossing on Norway Ridge Road. Dass Road and Wood Thrush Woods have also had some nice warbler diversity, with Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Yellow, Mourning, Magnolia, Golden-winged, and Black-throated Green Warblers present and singing. The most consistent Connecticut Warblers this season have been along Arkola Road, east of Owl Avenue. Other locations to try would be Admiral and McDavitt Roads, as well as Owl Avenue south of Overton Road in areas with abundant Tamarack.
Non-Warblers: Wood Thrush Woods holds nice diversity in more deciduous forest species like Wood Thrush, Scarlet Tanager, Great Crested Flycatcher, Ruffed Grouse, and Yellow-throated Vireo. Hermit Thrush, Lincoln’s Sparrows, and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers can be found in the boggy stretches scattered through the Bog, including the Bog along Gray Jay at the Welcome Center! Great Gray Owls are still being seen in scattered locations through the Bog, with a young bird along Hwy 7 north of Sax Road continuing to show after a short absence.
Grassland species are still making plenty of sound, with an influx of Dickcissels in the open fields around the south end of the Bog (Racek, Dart, Watsula, Andrews Junction, County Road 29 south of 133 etc). Sedge Wrens and LeConte’s Sparrows are still vocal, but getting quieter. Stone Lake Road, Dass Road, and Dart Road west of Cty 29 would be places to check for Sedge Wren, with Stone Lake Road, Dass Road, and Zim WMA having vocal LeConte’s Sparrows. Bobolinks, Savannah Sparrows, and Clay-colored Sparrow all can be found in most of these locations as well. Keep an eye out for Black-billed Magpies in these areas as well.
Wildflowers: Early season plants are done blooming and the transition to mid season flowers is just beginning. Road sides are beginning to show some color from native species like Blue Flag Iris, Canada Anemone, and Cow Parsnip. Non-native hawkweeds and Ox-eye Daisy are blooming in great numbers right now. At this stage of the season, mid-June, wet areas will have a lot of diversity compared to more upland areas. For general wildflowers, Overton Road west of Owl Avenue, continuing N of Arkola Road, and even up Cty 83 can be an interesting drive to see a swath of plant diversity. Lake Nichols Road will become better for wildflowers in the next couple of weeks, as well. For other wildflower questions, do reach out to Head Naturalist Clinton via email at naturalist@saxzim.org.
Orchids: Pink Ladyslippers are still blooming, most easily seen from two boardwalks: The Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at Warren Nelson Bog and the Bob Russell Memorial Bogwalk at Winterberry Bog. Yellow Ladyslippers are in flower, but hard to find in the Bog. The easiest place would be to check along Lake Nichols Road, just to the west of the boat landing. Early Coralroot is finishing up blooming around the Welcome Center. Spotted Coralroot is hard to find, but there are sometimes a few plants seen along East Stone Lake Road, near Blue Dasher Bog on the east side of the powerline cut. Heart-leaved Twayblade is very difficult to find, but is flowering in the sphagnum hummocks of Indian Pipe Bog (be careful crossing the ditch!) and along the boardwalk at Warren Nelson Bog. Some mid-late season orchids like Purple-fringed and Ragged-fringed Orchid won’t start blooming for another couple of weeks.
Butterflies: Butterfly diversity has really picked up as of late, with recent hatches of White Admiral, Northern Pearly-Eye, and Little Wood Satyr. Great Spangled, Silver-bordered, and Aphrodite Friliaries are flying in fair numbers. Even some early season species are still hanging on, with recent sightings of Jutta Arctic and Brown Elfin along Arkola Road. Coppers should start flying soon and skipper diversity is pretty high right now as well.  Any location with blooming wildflowers would be worth stopping right now to see some great diversity!  Feel free to contact Head Naturalist Clinton via email at naturalist@saxzim.org with species specific questions.
Dragonflies and Damselflies: Mid-June to mid-July is prime dragonfly and damselfly season in the Sax-Zim Bog! Clubtails have begun flying, 3 baskettail species are still flying in fair numbers, skimmers are adding color to the very dry ditches and slow streams through the bog, with emeralds just starting their flights. Lake Nichols Road, Owl Avenue North of the Welcome Center, any bridge crossing of the St. Louis River, the bridge crossing along Cty 29 east of Poplar Road and the old campground area just west of Cty 29 across from the church are great places to access diversity. Feel free to contact Head Naturalist Clinton via email at naturalist@saxzim.org with species specific questions.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated March 17, 2021

** END OF SEASON NOTES

  1. OUR WINTER BIRDING SEASON ENDED ON MARCH 14…FEEDERS WILL NOT BE FILLED (due to Black Bears waking up soon) AFTER THIS…AND NATURALISTS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE IN THE BOG.
  2. WINTER BIRD ACTIVITY HAS DECLINED RAPIDLY…PINE GROSBEAKS ARE GONE AND OTHERS ARE FOLLOWING SHORTLY.
  3. THANKS FOR A GREAT SEASON!

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing to protect yourself and others. 
  2. You can also access a recorded version of this report by dialing 218-209-2266 (along with other Sax-Zim info)
  3. At Mary Lou’s feeders, please ONLY PARK IN HER DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD. And NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.
  4. 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. 
  5. At Winterberry Bog, please park in the parking pad, not on the road if possible.


Great Gray Owls:
 They are beginning their nesting season now so they will likely be hard to find. REMEMBER…They are residents here and could possibly be seen anywhere there is bog habitat…mainly at dawn and dusk.

Northern Hawk Owl: Not seen for the last week or so. One was seen last weekend along CR133 about 2 miles west of CR7.

Rough-legged Hawks: A few will likely be moving back through Sax-Zim now on their way to the tundra. This is a good time to look for them in open areas.

American Kestrel: First of the season seen on Monday 3-15.

Northern Harrier: First of the season seen on Monday 3-15.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: 2 have been reported from the feeders at the farm on the east side just north of Racek Road along CR229/29 (see 2021 Birding Map). They were reported to be dancing on the lek that is marked on the map near this spot.

Northern Shrike: A couple still around but they are heading back to northern Canada soon.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and at road-killed deer. Seen recently near Fringed Gentian Bog/Auggie’s Bogwalk, end of Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at Warren Nelson Bog, and at Yellow-bellied Bog (also look at adjacent farms with cows).

Canada Jay: They are still being seen but will begin nesting soon…and so will become quite scarce until late May.

Black-backed Woodpecker: The Bob Russell Bogwalk at Winterberry Bog is your best bet. Also recently reported from Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk.

Boreal Chickadee: Reliable lately from suet feeder near platform and bench at end of walking/snowshoe trail “Gray Jay Way,” which goes north from outhouse at Welcome Center. Two seen here on Monday 3-15.

Pine Grosbeaks: They are all gone now. First of the winter finches to return to their Canadian breeding grounds.

Evening Grosbeaks: Welcome Center hosting 50-100 each day. Mary Lou’s feeders has a large flock that normally visits in the morning. Also seen at Sisu feeders on McDavitt and sometimes at Loretta’s feeders. Could show up at any feeders during this irruption winter.

White-winged Crossbills: Listen for them as they fly overhead. You can often pish them down. Best bets would be McDavitt and Admiral Roads (seen recently in spruce tops near the feeders) or along the Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at Warren Nelson Bog. Few reports lately.

Common Redpolls: Best bet would be feeders at Yellow-bellied Bog and Fringed Gentian Bog. They will be heading north soon.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated March 1, 2021

** END OF SEASON NOTES

  1. OUR WINTER BIRDING SEASON ENDS ON MARCH 14…FEEDERS WILL PROBABLY NOT BE FILLED AFTER THIS…AND NATURALISTS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE IN THE BOG.
  2. WITH TEMPS IN THE 40s ABOVE FOR THE NEXT 8 DAYS, SNOW WILL BE MELTING FAST AND ROADS GETTING MUDDY.
  3. BIRD ACTIVITY WILL BE DECLINING RAPIDLY…PINE GROSBEAKS WILL BE GONE BY END OF THE FIRST WEEK OF MARCH AND OTHERS WILL FOLLOW SHORTLY.
  4. THANKS FOR A GREAT SEASON!

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing to protect yourself and others. 
  2. You can also access a recorded version of this report by dialing 218-209-2266 (along with other Sax-Zim info)
  3. At Mary Lou’s feeders, please ONLY PARK IN HER DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD. And NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.
  4. 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. 
  5. At Winterberry Bog, please park in the parking pad, not on the road if possible.


Great Gray Owls:
 The most reliable spot has been CR7 south of the Byrn’s Greenhouse at dawn (west side mainly). Other recent Great Grays have been reported from Owl Avenue south of Overton. Also check McDavitt, Admiral Road and Stone Lake Road. Dawn and dusk are best when looking for Great Grays. REMEMBER…They can be found anywhere there is bog habitat.

Northern Hawk Owl: Not seen for the last week or so. One has been seen intermittently along CR7 near Sax Road. It has been observed far off of the road on occasion, so be sure to check tree tops to the east and west of Hwy 7 when in areas noted above.

Snowy Owl: No recent reports.

Rough-legged Hawks: One recent report but could show up in any open area with perches from which to hunt voles. They will likely be increasing as more southerly wintering populations move back through on their way to the tundra.

Northern Goshawk: Anywhere there are grouse, there could be a Gos…and that is about everywhere in the Bog! Recent observations from Admiral Road, McDavitt Road and near Mary Lou’s Feeders.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: 2 have been reported from the feeders at the farm on the east side just north of Racek Road along CR229/29 (see 2021 Birding Map). Often best to check during mid morning. Often atop the haybale by the feeder near the spruces north of the house.

Northern Shrike: About a dozen or so around. Watch for them atop deciduous trees and on power lines. Could be anywhere but best areas are Stone Lake Road, Admiral Road, CR7.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and at road-killed deer. Seen recently near Fringed Gentian Bog/Auggie’s Bogwalk, end of Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at Warren Nelson Bog, and at Yellow-bellied Bog (also look at adjacent farms with cows).

Canada Jay: Very visible and numerous. Welcome Center feeders and Admiral Road feeders are best bets. Canada Jays begin nesting in March, so look for them foraging in pairs along snow-free roadsides.

Black-backed Woodpecker: The Bob Russell Bogwalk at Winterberry Bog is your best bet. Also recently reported from Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk.

Boreal Chickadee: Reliable lately from suet feeder near platform and bench at end of walking/snowshoe trail “Gray Jay Way,” which goes north from outhouse at Welcome Center. Often come near the Admiral Road feeders, but they could be anywhere mixed in with any flock of chickadees in appropriate Black Spruce bog habitat.

Bohemian Waxwings: No recent reports.

Pine Grosbeaks: Flocks are beginning to head back north to Canada. Welcome Center feeders still hosting a flock. Also check Admiral Rd feeders, Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog, Loretta’s feeders and Mary Lou’s feeders.

Evening Grosbeaks: Welcome Center hosting 50-100 each day. Mary Lou’s feeders has a large flock that normally visits in the morning. Also seen at Sisu feeders on McDavitt and sometimes at Loretta’s feeders. Could show up at any feeders during this irruption winter.

White-winged Crossbills: Listen for them as they fly overhead. You can often pish them down. Best bets would be McDavitt and Admiral Roads (seen recently in spruce tops near the feeders) or along the Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at Warren Nelson Bog. Fewer reports lately.

Red Crossbills: The McDavitt Recreation Area near hockey rink on Park Road would be your best bet, with very few recent reports.

Common Redpolls: Best bet would be feeders at Yellow-bellied Bog and Fringed Gentian Bog. Check all feeders.

Hoary Redpolls: One seen yesterday at Admiral Road feeders. Also two seen regularly at end of Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog.

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

Pine Marten seen yesterday at Admiral Road feeders. Has been regular in mid morning lately…but often only comes in briefly for a peanut butter snack.

Snowshoe Hare at Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog and also seen along Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at the Warren Nelson Bog.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated February 17, 2021

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing to protect yourself and others. 
  2. You can also access a recorded version of this report by dialing 218-209-2266 (along with other Sax-Zim info)
  3. At Mary Lou’s feeders, please ONLY PARK IN HER DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD. And NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.
  4. 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. 
  5. At Winterberry Bog, please park in the parking pad, not on the road if possible.


Great Gray Owls:
 The most reliable spot has been CR7 south of the Byrn’s Greenhouse at dawn (west side mainly). Other recent Great Grays have been reported from Arkola/CR52 just east of the Whiteface River bridge at dusk and Owl Avenue south of Overton. Also check McDavitt, Admiral Road and Stone Lake Road. Dawn and dusk are best when looking for Great Grays. REMEMBER…They can be found anywhere there is bog habitat.

Northern Hawk Owl: One has been seen intermittently along CR7 near Sax Road. It has been observed far off of the road on occasion, so be sure to check tree tops to the east and west of Hwy 7 when in areas noted above.

Snowy Owl: No recent reports: A few weeks ago one bird reported along Hwy 7 just north of the curve just north of Arkola/CR52. Amazingly, this tagged bird was one banded in Superior, Wisconsin in December and has mostly been seen there. It was seen in Superior on January 28, then in Sax-Zim on the 30th, and back in Superior on February 1!

Rough-legged Hawks: One recent report but could show up in any open area with perches from which to hunt voles.

Northern Goshawk: Anywhere there are grouse, there could be a Gos…and that is about everywhere in the Bog! Recent observations from Admiral Road, McDavitt Road and near Mary Lou’s Feeders.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: 2 have been reported from the feeders at the farm on the east side just north of Racek Road along CR229/29 (see 2021 Birding Map). Often best to check during mid morning. Often atop the haybale by the feeder near the spruces north of the house.

Northern Shrike: About a dozen or so around. Watch for them atop deciduous trees and on power lines. Could be anywhere but best areas are Stone Lake Road, Admiral Road, CR7.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and at road-killed deer. Seen recently near Fringed Gentian Bog/Auggie’s Bogwalk, end of Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at Warren Nelson Bog, and at Yellow-bellied Bog (also look at adjacent farms with cows).

Canada Jay: Very visible and numerous. Welcome Center feeders and Admiral Road feeders are best bets. Canada Jays begin nesting in February, so they may be more inconsistent at this time of year.

Black-backed Woodpecker: The Bob Russell Bogwalk at Winterberry Bog is your best bet. Also recently reported from Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk.

Boreal Chickadee: Reliable lately from the Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk….actually all along the boardwalk but lately more common at the end of the boardwalk. Feeding on suet. Also reported from suet feeder near platform and bench at end of walking/snowshoe trail “Gray Jay Way,” which goes north from outhouse at Welcome Center. Only sporadic reports from the Admiral Road feeders, but they could be anywhere mixed in with any flock of chickadees in appropriate Black Spruce bog habitat.

Bohemian Waxwings: Recently seen near the Welcome Center’s Gray Jay Way. Flocks could appear anywhere in the Bog (even away from fruit trees).

Pine Grosbeaks: Flocks are being seen about the Bog. Welcome Center feeders have been hosting a flock. Also check Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog, Loretta’s feeders and Mary Lou’s feeders.

Evening Grosbeaks: Welcome Center hosting 50-100 each day. Mary Lou’s feeders has a large flock that normally visits in the morning. Also seen at Sisu feeders on McDavitt and sometimes at Loretta’s feeders. Could show up at any feeders during this irruption winter.

White-winged Crossbills: Listen for them as they fly overhead. You can often pish them down. Best bets would be McDavitt and Admiral Roads (seen recently in spruce tops near the feeders) or along the Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at Warren Nelson Bog. Fewer reports lately.

Red Crossbills: The McDavitt Recreation Area near hockey rink on Park Road would be your best bet, with very few recent reports.

Common Redpolls: Best bet would be feeders at Yellow-bellied Bog and Fringed Gentian Bog. Check all feeders.

Hoary Redpolls: Scattered reports of single individuals at Fringed Gentian Bog, Admiral Road Feeders, and Winterberry Bog feeders.

Mammals: Ermine coming occasionally to deer rib cages at Welcome Center. Reported earlier in the winter from Warren Woessner Boardwalk, and at Winterberry Bog. Keep your eyes open…especially near deer rib cages!

Pine Marten occasionally (this is the operative word here) at Admiral Road feeders.

Snowshoe Hare at Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog and also seen along Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at the Warren Nelson Bog.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated February 3, 2021

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing to protect yourself and others. 
  2. You can also access a recorded version of this report by dialing 218-209-2266 (along with other Sax-Zim info)
  3. Feeders are now up and filled at all locations.
  4. At Mary Lou’s feeders, please ONLY PARK IN HER DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD. And NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.
  5. 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. 
  6. At Winterberry Bog, please park in the parking pad, not on the road if possible.


Great Gray Owls:
Most recent Great Grays have been reported from McDavitt, Admiral, Hwy 7, and Stone Lake Road. Dawn and dusk are best when looking for Great Grays. REMEMBER…They can be found anywhere there is bog habitat.

Northern Hawk Owl: One has been seen along Stone Lake Road and CR7. It ranges as far south as Byrne’s Greenhouse, seldom as far south as Sax Road.  It has been observed far off of the road on occasion, so be sure to check tree tops to the east and west of Hwy 7 when in areas noted above.

Snowy Owl: One bird reported along Hwy 7 just north of the curve just north of Arkola/CR52. Amazingly, this tagged bird was one banded in Superior, Wisconsin in December and has mostly been seen there. It was seen in Superior on January 28, then in Sax-Zim on the 30th, and back in Superior on February 1!

Rough-legged Hawks: No recent reports.

Northern Goshawk: Anywhere there are grouse, there could be a Gos…and that is about everywhere in the Bog! Recent observations from McDavitt Road and near Mary Lou’s Feeders.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: 2 have been reported from the feeders at the farm on the east side just north of Racek Road along CR229/29 (see 2021 Birding Map). Often best to check during mid morning. Often atop the haybale by the feeder near the spruces north of the house.

Northern Shrike: About a dozen or so around. Watch for them atop deciduous trees and on power lines. Could be anywhere but best areas are Stone Lake Road, Admiral Road, CR7.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and at road-killed deer. Seen recently near Fringed Gentian Bog/Auggie’s Bogwalk, end of Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at Warren Nelson Bog, and at Yellow-bellied Bog (also look at adjacent farms with cows).

Canada Jay: Very visible and numerous. Welcome Center feeders and Admiral Road feeders are best bets. Canada Jays begin nesting in February, so they may be more inconsistent at this time of year.

Black-backed Woodpecker: The Bob Russell Bogwalk at Winterberry Bog is your best bet. Also recently reported from Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk.

Boreal Chickadee: Reliable lately from the Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk….actually all along the boardwalk but lately more common at the end of the boardwalk. Feeding on suet. Also reported from suet feeder near platform and bench at end of walking/snowshoe trail “Gray Jay Way,” which goes north from outhouse at Welcome Center. Only sporadic reports from the Admiral Road feeders, but they could be anywhere mixed in with any flock of chickadees in appropriate Black Spruce bog habitat.

Bohemian Waxwings: No recent reports in the Sax-Zim Bog.

Pine Grosbeaks: Flocks are being seen about the Bog. Welcome Center feeders have been hosting a flock. Also check Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog, Loretta’s feeders and Mary Lou’s feeders.

Evening Grosbeaks: Welcome Center hosting 50-100 each day. Mary Lou’s feeders has a large flock that normally visits in the morning. Also seen at Sisu feeders on McDavitt and sometimes at Loretta’s feeders. Could show up at any feeders during this irruption winter.

White-winged Crossbills: Listen for them as they fly overhead. You can often pish them down. Best bets would be McDavitt and Admiral Roads or along the Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at Warren Nelson Bog. Fewer reports lately.

Red Crossbills: The McDavitt Recreation Area near hockey rink on Park Road would be your best bet, with very few recent reports.

Common Redpolls: Best bet would be feeders at Yellow-bellied Bog and Fringed Gentian Bog. Check all feeders.

Hoary Redpolls: Scattered reports of single individuals at Fringed Gentian Bog, Admiral Road Feeders, and Winterberry Bog feeders.

Mammals: Ermine coming occasionally to deer rib cages at three sites:  Welcome Center, Warren Woessner Boardwalk, and at Winterberry Bog. Most reliable lately at Welcome Center. Keep your eyes open…especially near deer rib cages!

Pine Marten occasionally (this is the operative word here) at Admiral Road feeders and at rib cage at Winterberry Bog.

Snowshoe Hare at Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog and also seen along Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at the Warren Nelson Bog.

A young Porcupine is being seen occasionally along the east leg of Gray Jay Way.

Bird Report

SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT updated February 2, 2021

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing to protect yourself and others. 
  2. You can also access a recorded version of this report by dialing 218-209-2266 (along with other Sax-Zim info)
  3. Feeders are now up and filled at all locations.
  4. At Mary Lou’s feeders, please ONLY PARK IN HER DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD. And NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.
  5. 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. 
  6. At Winterberry Bog, please park in the parking pad, not on the road if possible.


Great Gray Owls:
Most recent Great Grays have been reported from McDavitt, Admiral, Hwy 7, and Stone Lake Road. Dawn and dusk are best when looking for Great Grays. REMEMBER…They can be found anywhere there is bog habitat.

Northern Hawk Owl: One has been seen along Stone Lake Road and CR7. It ranges as far south as Byrne’s Greenhouse, seldom as far south as Sax Road.  It has been observed far off of the road on occasion, so be sure to check tree tops to the east and west of Hwy 7 when in areas noted above.

Snowy Owl: One bird reported along Hwy 7, likely a migrant headed back north. No subsequent reports of this bird.

Rough-legged Hawks: No recent reports.

Northern Goshawk: Anywhere there are grouse, there could be a Gos…and that is about everywhere in the Bog! Recent observations from McDavitt Road and near Mary Lou’s Feeders.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: 2 have been reported from the feeders at the farm on the east side just north of Racek Road along CR229/29 (see 2021 Birding Map)

Northern Shrike: Few around. Watch for them atop deciduous trees and on power lines. Could be anywhere but best areas are Stone Lake Road, Admiral Road, CR7.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and at road-killed deer. Seen recently near Fringed Gentian Bog/Auggie’s Bogwalk, end of Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at Warren Nelson Bog, and at Yellow-bellied Bog (also look at adjacent farms with cows).

Canada Jay: Very visible and numerous. Welcome Center feeders and Admiral Road feeders are best bets. Canada Jays begin nesting in February, so they may be more inconsistent at this time of year.

Black-backed Woodpecker: The Bob Russell Bogwalk at Winterberry Bog is your best bet. Also recently reported from Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk.

Boreal Chickadee: Reliable lately from the spur boardwalk off Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk….and actually all along the boardwalk. Feeding on suet. Also reported from suet feeder near platform and bench at end of walking/snowshoe trail “Gray Jay Way,” which goes north from outhouse at Welcome Center. Only sporadic reports from the Admiral Road feeders, but they could be anywhere mixed in with any flock of chickadees in appropriate Black Spruce bog habitat.

Bohemian Waxwings: No recent reports in the Sax-Zim Bog.

Pine Grosbeaks: Flocks are being seen about the Bog. Welcome Center feeders have been hosting a flock. Also check Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog, Loretta’s feeders and Mary Lou’s feeders.

Evening Grosbeaks: Mary Lou’s feeders has a large flock that normally visits in the morning. Also seen at Sisu feeders on McDavitt, Loretta’s feeders and every day at the Welcome Center. Could show up at any feeders during this irruption winter.

White-winged Crossbills: Listen for them as they fly overhead. You can often pish them down. Best bets would be McDavitt and Admiral Roads or along the Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at Warren Nelson Bog. Fewer reports lately.

Red Crossbills: The McDavitt Recreation Area near hockey rink on Park Road would be your best bet, with very few recent reports.

Common Redpolls: They are here but not in big numbers. Check all feeders.

Hoary Redpolls: Scattered reports of single individuals at Fringed Gentian Bog, Admiral Road Feeders, and Winterberry Bog feeders.

Mammals: Ermine coming occasionally to deer rib cages at three sites:  Welcome Center, Warren Woessner Boardwalk, and at Winterberry Bog. Keep your eyes open…especially near deer rib cages!

Pine Marten occasionally (this is the operative word here) at Admiral Road feeders and at rib cage at Winterberry Bog.

Snowshoe Hare at Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog and also seen along Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at the Warren Nelson Bog.

A young Porcupine is being seen occasionally along the east leg of Gray Jay Way.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT for Thursday January 7, 2021

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing to protect yourself and others. 
  2. You can also access a recorded version of this report by dialing 218-209-2266 (along with other Sax-Zim info)
  3. Feeders are now up and filled at all locations.
  4. At Mary Lou’s feeders, please ONLY PARK IN HER DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD. And NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.
  5. 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. 
  6. At Winterberry Bog, please park in the parking pad, not on the road if possible.


Great Gray Owls:
 Multiple Great Grays have been found. Look for them at dawn and dusk along McDavitt, Admiral, Overton, Owl, Yoki, Stone Lake Road and Zim Roads (all marked on our birding map). REMEMBER…They can be found anywhere there is bog habitat. Best bet is to get out at dawn and stay out until dusk.

Northern Hawk Owl: One reported along Stone Lake Road and CR7 recently. It has been less than reliable recently. Please observe from a distance.

Snowy Owl: Best place to search would be in the vicinity of the power substation along CR29 SOUTH of CR133. Usually perched atop power poles. One found injured farther north in the Bog was captured and is in rehabilitation (week from hunger).

Rough-legged Hawks: A few about but scarce. 4 reported on our Sax-Zim Christmas Bird Count.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: 2 have been reported from the feeders at the farm on the east side just north of Racek Road along CR229/29 (see 2021 Birding Map)

Northern Shrike: Watch for them atop deciduous trees and on power lines. Could be anywhere but best areas are Stone Lake Road, Admiral Road, CR7.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and at road-killed deer. One recently seen at end of Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at Warren Nelson Bog.

Canada Jay: Very visible and numerous. Welcome Center feeders and Admiral Road feeders are best bets.

Black-backed Woodpecker: The Bob Russell Bogwalk at Winterberry Bog is your best bet. Also recently reported from Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk.

Boreal Chickadee: Reliable lately from the spur boardwalk off Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk. Feeding on suet. Also reports from the Admiral Road feeders, but they could be anywhere mixed in with any flock of chickadees in appropriate Black Spruce bog habitat.

Bohemian Waxwings: They have been reported from several spots in the Bog. Best bet would be to check fruit trees in vicinity of Meadowlands. Also check south end of CR229/29 where there are fruit trees along the road.

Pine Grosbeaks: Flocks are being seen about the Bog. Welcome Center feeders have been hosting a flock. Also check Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog, Loretta’s feeders and Mary Lou’s feeders.

Evening Grosbeaks: Mary Lou’s feeders has a large flock that normally visits in the morning. Also seen at Sisu feeders on McDavitt, Loretta’s feeders and every day at the Welcome Center. Could show up at any feeders during this irruption winter.

White-winged Crossbills: Listen for them as they fly overhead. You can often pish them down.

Red Crossbills: Seen and heard at McDavitt Recreation Area near hockey rink on Park Road. This location is in the north end of the Bog.

Common Redpolls: They are here but not in big numbers. Check all feeders.

Hoary Redpolls: Two seen at Winterberry Bog feeders a few weeks ago (near the sign).

Mammals: Ermine coming occasionally to deer rib cages at three sites:  Welcome Center, Warren Woessner Boardwalk, and at Winterberry Bog. Keep your eyes open…especially near deer rib cages!

Pine Marten occasionally (this is the operative word here) at Admiral Road feeders and at rib cage at Winterberry Bog.

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

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT for Thursday December 21, 2020

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing to protect yourself and others. 
  2. You can also access a recorded version of this report by dialing 218-209-2266 (along with other Sax-Zim info)
  3. Feeders are now up and filled at all locations.
  4. At Mary Lou’s feeders, please ONLY PARK IN HER DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD. And NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.
  5. 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. 
  6. At Winterberry Bog, please park in the parking pad, not on the road if possible.


Great Gray Owls:
 Multiple Great Grays have been found. Look for them at dawn and dusk along McDavitt, Admiral, Overton, Owl, Stone Lake Road and Zim Roads (all marked on our birding map). REMEMBER…They can be found anywhere there is bog habitat. Best bet is to get out at dawn and stay out until dusk.

Northern Hawk Owl: One reported along Stone Lake Road and CR7 recently. Please observe from a distance.

Snowy Owl: Two have been seen in the last couple weeks in the vicinity of the power substation along CR29 SOUTH of CR133. Also look at this intersection which is just a bit west of Meadowlands. Usually perched atop power poles.

Rough-legged Hawks: 4 reported on our Sax-Zim Christmas Bird Count.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: 2 have been reported from the feeders at the farm on the east side just north of Racek Road along CR229/29 (see 2021 Birding Map)

Northern Shrike: Watch for them atop deciduous trees and on power lines. Could be anywhere but best areas are Stone Lake Road, Admiral Road, CR7.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and at road-killed deer. One recently seen at end of Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at Warren Nelson Bog.

Canada Jay: Very visible and numerous. Welcome Center feeders and Admiral Road feeders are best bets.

Black-backed Woodpecker: The Bob Russell Bogwalk at Winterberry Bog is your best bet. Also recently reported from Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk.

Boreal Chickadee: A couple reports from the Admiral Road feeders, but they could be mixed in with any flock of chickadees in appropriate Black Spruce bog habitat.

Bohemian Waxwings: They have been reported from several spots in the Bog. Best bet would be to check fruit trees in vicinity of Meadowlands.

Pine Grosbeaks: Flocks are being seen about the Bog. Welcome Center feeders have been hosting a flock. Also check Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog, Loretta’s feeders and Mary Lou’s feeders.

Evening Grosbeaks: Mary Lou’s feeders has a small flock that normally visits in the morning. Also seen at Sisu feeders on McDavitt, Loretta’s feeders and every day at the Welcome Center. Could show up at any feeders during this irruption winter.

White-winged Crossbills: Listen for them as they fly overhead. You can often pish them down.

Red Crossbills: Seen and heard at McDavitt Recreation Area near hockey rink on Park Road. This location is in the north end of the Bog.

Common Redpolls: They are here but not in big numbers. Check all feeders.

Hoary Redpolls: Two seen at Winterberry Bog feeders a few weeks ago (near the sign).

Mammals: Ermine coming occasionally to deer rib cages at three sites: north of Welcome Center, Warren Woessner Boardwalk, and at Winterberry Bog. Keep your eyes open!

Pine Marten occasionally (this is the operative word here) at Admiral Road feeders and at rib cage at Winterberry Bog.

Snowshoe Hare at Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT for Thursday December 10, 2020

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing to protect yourself and others. 
  2. You can also access a recorded version of this report by dialing 218-209-2266 (along with other Sax-Zim info)
  3. Feeders are now up and filled at all locations.
  4. At Mary Lou’s feeders, please ONLY PARK IN HER DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD. And NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.
  5. 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. 
  6. At Winterberry Bog, please park in the parking pad, not on the road if possible.


Great Gray Owls:
 At least 4 Great Grays have been found. Look for them at dawn and dusk along McDavitt, Admiral, Zim Roads (all marked on our birding map). REMEMBER…They can be found anywhere there is bog habitat.

Northern Hawk Owl: One reported along Stone Lake Road and CR7 recently. Please observe from a distance.

Rough-legged Hawks: No reports this week.

Northern Shrike: Watch for them atop deciduous trees and on power lines. Could be anywhere but best areas are Stone Lake Road, Admiral Road, CR7.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and at road-killed deer.

Canada Jay: Very visible and numerous. Welcome Center feeders and Admiral Road feeders are best bets.

Black-backed Woodpecker: The Bob Russell Bogwalk at Winterberry Bog is your best bet. Also recently reported from Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk.

Boreal Chickadee: A couple reports from the Admiral Road feeders, but they could be mixed in with any flock of chickadees in appropriate Black Spruce bog habitat.

Pine Grosbeaks: Flocks are being seen about the Bog. Welcome Center feeders have been hosting a flock.

Evening Grosbeaks: Mary Lou’s feeders has a small flock that normally visits in the morning. Also seen at Sisu feeders on McDavitt and every day at the Welcome Center. Could show up at any feeders during this irruption winter.

White-winged Crossbills: Listen for them as they fly overhead. You can often pish them down.

Red Crossbills: Seen and heard at McDavitt Recreation Area near hockey rink on Park Road. This location is in the north end of the Bog.

Common Redpolls: They are here. Check all feeders.

Hoary Redpolls: Two seen at Winterberry Bog feeders (near the sign).

Mammals: Ermine coming occasionally to deer rib cage north of Welcome Center and rib cage at Winterberry Bog and seen at other locations as well. Keep your eyes open! Pine Marten at rib cage at Winterberry Bog. Snowshoe Hare at Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT for Thursday December 3, 2020

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing to protect yourself and others.
  2. You can also access a recorded version of this report by dialing 218-209-2266 (along with other Sax-Zim info)
  3. Feeders are now up and filled at all locations.
  4. At Mary Lou’s feeders, please ONLY PARK IN HER DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD. And NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.
  5. 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. 

***THIS REPORT WILL BE UPDATED SPORADICALLY UNTIL DEC 2020


Great Gray Owls:
 At least 4 Great Grays have been found. Look for them at dawn and dusk along McDavitt and Admiral Roads (all marked on our birding map). Also reports from CR133 near power line cut and Zim Road.

Northern Hawk Owl: One reported along Stone Lake Road recently. Please observe from a distance.

Short-eared Owl: One has been along Stone Lake Road for several weeks. Last reported on November 30. We seem to get one or so each late fall, but then they move on.

Rough-legged Hawks: None seen in the last week. Must be a few around??

Northern Shrike: They are here…Could be anywhere but best areas are Stone Lake Road, Admiral Road, CR7.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and at road-killed deer.

Canada Jay: Very visible and numerous. Welcome Center feeders and Admiral Road feeders are best bets.

Black-backed Woodpecker: The Bob Russell Bogwalk at Winterberry Bog is your best bet. Several have been seen here during October and November. Also recently reported from Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk.

Boreal Chickadee: A couple reports from the Admiral Road feeders.

Pine Grosbeaks: Flocks are being seen about the Bog. Welcome Center feeders have been hosting a flock.

Evening Grosbeaks: Mary Lou’s feeders has a small flock that normally visits in the morning. Also seen at Sisu feeders on McDavitt. Could show up at any feeders during this irruption winter.

White-winged Crossbills: Listen for them as they fly overhead. You can often pish them down.

Red Crossbills: Seen and heard at McDavitt Recreation Area near hockey rink on Park Road. This location is in the north end of the Bog.

Common Redpolls: They are here. Check all feeders.

Hoary Redpolls: Two seen at Winterberry Bog feeders (near the sign).

Pine Siskins: A few scattered reports in the Bog.

Snow Buntings: Watch for flocks along roadsides, in fields and along railroad tracks.

Mammals: Ermine coming occasionally to deer rib cage north of Welcome Center and rib cage at Winterberry Bog. Pine Marten at rib cage at Winterberry Bog. Snowshoe Hare at Auggie’s Bogwalk at Fringed Gentian Bog. Keep your eyes open!

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT for Monday November 24, 2020

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. Feeders are now up and filled at all locations. Feel free to add bird seed, suet and peanut butter to the community feeders on Admiral Road. 
  2. At Mary Lou’s feeders, please ONLY PARK IN HER DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD. And NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.
  3. 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. 

***THIS REPORT WILL BE UPDATED SPORADICALLY UNTIL DEC 2020


Great Gray Owls:
 Looks like a few folks have found them at dawn at the usual bog stretches (all marked on our birding map). Only reports are from Admiral Road, McDavitt Road and CR133 near power line cut.

Northern Hawk Owl: One reported along Stone Lake Road recently. Please observe from a distance.

Short-eared Owl: One reported from Stone Lake Road last week. Not reported in last few days. We seem to get one or so each late fall, but then they move on.

Rough-legged Hawks: None seen in the last week.

Northern Shrike: They have returned. Best areas are Stone Lake Road, Admiral Road, CR7.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and at road-killed deer.

Canada Jay: Very visible and numerous. Welcome Center feeders and Admiral Road feeders are best bets.

Black-backed Woodpecker: The Bob Russell Bogwalk at Winterberry Bog is your best bet. Several have been seen here during October and November. Also recently reported from Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk.

Boreal Chickadee: No reports yet, but hopefully suet will be placed at Admiral Road feeders soon.

Pine Grosbeaks: Flocks are being seen about the Bog. Welcome Center feeders have been hosting a flock.

Evening Grosbeaks: Mary Lou’s feeders has a small flock that normally visits in the morning. Also seen at Sisu feeders on McDavitt.

White-winged Crossbills: Quite common lately: Listen for them as they fly overhead. You can pish them down often.

Red Crossbills: Seen and heard at McDavitt Recreation Area near hockey rink on Park Road. This location is in the north end of the Bog.

Common Redpolls: They are here. Check all feeders.

Hoary Redpolls: Two seen at Winterberry Bog feeders (near the sign).

Pine Siskins: A few scattered reports in the Bog.

Snow Buntings: Watch for flocks along roadsides, in fields and along railroad tracks.

Mammals: Ermine coming occasionally to deer rib cage north of Welcome Center. Snowshoe Hare and Fisher have been seen in the last month. Keep your eyes open!

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT for Monday November 9, 2020

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. Feeders are now up and filled at all locations. Feel free to add bird seed, suet and peanut butter to the community feeders on Admiral Road. 
  2. At Mary Lou’s feeders, please ONLY PARK IN HER DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD. And NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.
  3. 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.
  4. Deer Hunting season is on! Use caution and only go off-road along boardwalks! Wear blaze orange. Ends Sunday Nov 22 after dark. 

***THIS REPORT WILL BE UPDATED SPORADICALLY UNTIL DEC 2020


Great Gray Owls:
 Looks like a few folks have found them at dawn at the usual bog stretches (all marked on our birding map).

Rough-legged Hawks: A few being seen.

Northern Shrike: They have returned. Best areas are Stone Lake Road, Admiral Road, CR7.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and at road-killed deer.

Canada Jay: Very visible and numerous.

Black-backed Woodpecker: The Bob Russell Bogwalk at Winterberry Bog is your best bet. Several have been seen here during October and November. 

Pine Grosbeaks: Flocks are being seen about the Bog.

Evening Grosbeaks: Mary Lou’s feeders has a small flock that normally visits in the morning.

White-winged Crossbills: Quite common lately: Listen for them as they fly overhead. You can pish them down often.

Common Redpolls: They are here. Check Winterberry Bog feeders.

Pine Siskins: A few scattered reports in the Bog.

Snow Buntings: Watcher for flocks along roadsides, in fields and along railroad tracks.

Mammals: Snowshoe Hare and Fisher have been seen recently. Keep your eyes open!

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT for Sunday, March 1, 2020

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THE “CUT-ACROSS” ROAD BETWEEN THE ADMIRAL ROAD GRAVEL PIT AND MCDAVITT ROAD! You WILL get stuck. And the tow company cannot get their heavy truck in there. Estimate is $2500 to get out.
  2. At Mary Lou’s feeders, please ONLY PARK IN HER DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD. And NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.
  3. When watching the Great Gray Owl on Zim Road/CR27 please pull over as far as safely can and put on your flashers. Photograph/watch only from the road shoulder. Watch out for traffic! This is a 55mph road. Let’s keep our neighbors happy!
  4. 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. 

Great Gray Owls: Very spotty. Only recent reports along Zim Road/CR 27 near Luikkenen and Yoki Roads. The brief thaw and hard refreeze may mean that hunting along the roads makes it difficult for the owls to break through they icy crust to reach the voles. Snow is softer back in the deep bog so they may be hunting deep in the bogs. ALSO a pair of Great Horned Owls was seen along Admiral. They are known predators of Great Gray Owls!

Check at dawn and dusk along Zim Road in the vicinity of Yoki and Luikkenen Roads. Also Admiral Road and CR7.  But also check Overton Road west of Owl Avenue, Nichols Lake Road, McDavitt Road, Yoki Road, and Arkola as well…in other words, the usual spots. Sighting tips: Get out early and stay out until dusk. Cloudy, calm, snow, warm (temps in teens and 20s) are BEST conditions to see Great Grays. They don’t show often in clear, bitter cold, windy conditions.

Northern Hawk Owl: At least 3 (possibly up to 5) have been seen in the Bog all winter. Best bets are at the intersection of Arkola/CR52 and Overton Road (check tops of spruces near the farm there); Alesche’s Accommodations on CR5 south of Arkola/CR52. and near the Byrne’s Greenhouse on CR7, sometimes sitting in the tall spruces by their house. [Park on shoulder with FLASHERS ON…and observe from shoulder. Be aware of traffic].

Snowy Owl: Now seen regularly on the west side of CR7 south of Sax Road. It is often far out in the field at the line of trees but occasionally closer to CR7. Also check near Byrne’s Greenhouse on CR7…especially at dusk. Several other sightings but none sticking in any single spot.

Barred Owl: One very tame guy who perches near the Winterberry Bog feeders. It has not been as regular as it was a week or two ago. Another has been seen in the vicinity of Yellow-bellied Bog and Finn Road (near Larry’s Feeders). Yet another was seen on west side of Admiral Road just 1/4 mile north of the gravel pit.

BOREAL OWL: Has not been seen at the Admiral Road feeders since Friday Feb 21.

BARN OWL: Minnesota’s 34th EVER Barn Owl (and only 3rd for St. Louis County) was identified in the Sax-Zim Bog on January 11th. It was flying in late afternoon east of CR7 in the fields north of Byrne’s Greenhouse. Identified independently by Heidi Kirsch Novak and Kim Eckert. It later came out that Noel Larson of Hawk Ridge tentatively identified it on January 1st but could not be completely sure that it wasn’t the more likely Short-eared Owl. **BARN OWL DIED THE FOLLOWING DAY. STARVING. ATTEMPTED TO TRANSPORT TO RAPTOR CENTER BUT DIED ENROUTE.

Rough-legged Hawks: Roughlegs have mostly moved on, but a couple still linger. One seen last week east of Cranberry just north of Sax Road.

Northern Goshawk: Multiple sightings! One adult sometimes hunts pigeons at the “Hawk Owl Farm” at the intersection of Arkola/CR52 and Overton. Most observations on Admiral and McDavitt,  but also Stone Lake Road,  CR7 north of CR52, but have been seen many locations. Also recorded at Mary Lou’s feeders (big female). Lots of Ruffed Grouse=More Goshawks. Still a fantastic find if you see one.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Check the Racek Road & CR229/29 intersection. A few  have recently been seen dancing out on the Lek that is marked on the Birding Map (early in the day). Check the feeders in front of the house and one feeder back by the spruces at the farm here. I have seen up to 3 here even in the afternoon.

Ruffed Grouse: Many seen this fall and early winter. Check roadsides in early a.m. and at dusk. Nichols Lake Road is especially good.

Northern Shrike: Quite common. Best areas are Stone Lake Road, Admiral Road, CR7.

Black-billed Magpie: Three seen recently at intersection of McDavitt and Kolu near the cows. Also three at the Fringed Gentian Bog. Look near farms with animals…and at road-killed deer.

Canada Jay: Very visible and numerous this winter. Many visiting the Welcome Center rib cages now. Also check Admiral Road feeders.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Winterberry Bog snowshoe trails are the best spot now (BUT you don’t need snowshoes as the trail is well packed for hiking). Trail at Winterberry starts at the roadside feeders. They have also been seen recently at the Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at the Warren Nelson Bog and near the Admiral Road feeders (walk the road for a 1/4 mile south and north and listen). Also seen along McDavitt Road.

American Three-toed Woodpecker: One male at Winterberry Bog. Sometimes hard to find; make multiple attempts if possible. Walk in past feeders and stay to the right. Mostly seen in northern part of Winterberry Bog that has the many flaked trees (bark appears orange).

Boreal Chickadee: Only a few reports from Admiral Road. 3 seen 1/4 mile N or feeders recently. Also one seen along CR52/Arkola just east of Owl Avenue. Best bet is to get out of your car and walk and pish in bog areas.

Bohemian Waxwing/Cedar Waxwing: A mixed flock of about 50 Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings was found Feb. 13th along CR229/29 just north of CR133. They were feeding on Buckthorn’s purple berries near the Jack Pines (on the west side of the road) and the Red Pines (on the east side of the road). This spot is on the paved section just south of where it turns to dirt. Recently part of this flock has also been seen in the town of Meadowlands, especially along Cedar Street.

American Tree Sparrow: 4 continue at the spur feeder of Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at the Warren Nelson Bog. Flock seen at Admiral Road feeders a few weeks ago.

Pine Grosbeaks: Sadly for us they are non-existent this winter. But it is good for the birds since they are finding food farther north in their home ranges. (ZERO on CBC on Tues. Dec 17)

Evening Grosbeaks: Mary Lou’s feeders has a small flock that normally visits in the morning. Sisu feeders on McDavitt Road has also has a flock.

White-winged Crossbills: Quite common lately: McDavitt Road has been best. Listen for their song. Small flocks have been seen along Admiral, Arkola/CR52 east of Owl Avenue in taller spruces (or gritting/salting on road). But could appear anywhere there are spruces with cones. In the last few days they have also been seen at feeders! (Welcome Center and Admiral Road).

Common Redpolls: NONEXISTANT TO RARE so far.

Pine Siskins: A few scattered reports in the Bog.

American Goldfinches: Unusually common this winter.

Purple Finches: They have recently appeared at the Welcome Center and at Mary Lou’s feeders.

Snow Buntings: They are beginning to return so keep your eyes open in fields and along railroad tracks.

Mammals: Ermine was at the Welcome Center rib cage north of the Welcome center a few times during this last week. The Ermine is the winter white-coated form of the normally brown Short-tailed Weasel. No time is better than another. Good luck!

Pine Marten was spotted at the Admiral Road feeders (eating sunflower seeds on Friday Feb 28.

Snowshoe Hares have been seen along the Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at the Warren Nelson Bog. Scattered reports elsewhere.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT for Sunday, February 23, 2020

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THE “CUT-ACROSS” ROAD BETWEEN THE ADMIRAL ROAD GRAVEL PIT AND MCDAVITT ROAD! You WILL get stuck. And the tow company cannot get their heavy truck in there. Estimate is $2500 to get out.
  2. At Mary Lou’s feeders, please ONLY PARK IN HER DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD. And NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.
  3. When watching the Great Gray Owl on Zim Road/CR27 please pull over as far as safely can and put on your flashers. Photograph/watch only from the road shoulder. Watch out for traffic! This is a 55mph road. Let’s keep our neighbors happy!
  4. 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. 

Great Gray Owls: Very spotty. Only recent reports along Zim Road/CR 27 near Luikkenen and Yoki Roads. The brief thaw and hard refreeze may mean that hunting along the roads makes it difficult for the owls to break through they icy crust to reach the voles. Snow is softer back in the deep bog so they may be hunting deep in the bogs. ALSO a pair of Great Horned Owls was seen along Admiral. They are known predators of Great Gray Owls!

Check at dawn and dusk along Zim Road in the vicinity of Yoki and Luikkenen Roads. Also Admiral Road and CR7.  But also check Overton Road west of Owl Avenue, Nichols Lake Road, McDavitt Road, Yoki Road, and Arkola as well…in other words, the usual spots. Sighting tips: Get out early and stay out until dusk. Cloudy, calm, snow, warm (temps in teens and 20s) are BEST conditions to see Great Grays. They don’t show often in clear, bitter cold, windy conditions.

Northern Hawk Owl: At least 3 have been seen in the Bog all winter. Best bets are at the intersection of Arkola/CR52 and Overton Road (check tops of spruces near the farm there); Alesche’s Accommodations on CR5 south of Arkola/CR52. and near the Byrne’s Greenhouse on CR7, sometimes sitting in the tall spruces by their house. [Park on shoulder with FLASHERS ON…and observe from shoulder. Be aware of traffic].

Snowy Owl: Now seen regularly on the west side of CR7 south of Sax Road. It is often far out in the field but occasionally closer to CR7. Also check near Byrne’s Greenhouse on CR7…especially at dusk. Several other sightings but none sticking in any single spot.

Barred Owl: One very tame guy who perches near the Winterberry Bog feeders. It has not been as regular as it was a week or two ago. Another has been seen in the vicinity of Yellow-bellied Bog and Finn Road (near Larry’s Feeders).

BOREAL OWL: After a 5-day absence, it reappeared at the Admiral Road feeders on Friday Feb 21st and was out much of the day.

BARN OWL: Minnesota’s 34th EVER Barn Owl (and only 3rd for St. Louis County) was identified in the Sax-Zim Bog on January 11th. It was flying in late afternoon east of CR7 in the fields north of Byrne’s Greenhouse. Identified independently by Heidi Kirsch Novak and Kim Eckert. It later came out that Noel Larson of Hawk Ridge tentatively identified it on January 1st but could not be completely sure that it wasn’t the more likely Short-eared Owl. **BARN OWL DIED THE FOLLOWING DAY. STARVING. ATTEMPTED TO TRANSPORT TO RAPTOR CENTER BUT DIED ENROUTE.

Rough-legged Hawks: Roughlegs have mostly moved on, but a couple still linger. One seen last week east of Cranberry just north of Sax Road.

Northern Goshawk: Multiple sightings! One adult sometimes hunts pigeons at the “Hawk Owl Farm” at the intersection of Arkola/CR52 and Overton. Most observations on Admiral and McDavitt,  but also Stone Lake Road,  CR7 north of CR52, but have been seen many locations. Also recorded at Mary Lou’s feeders (big female). Lots of Ruffed Grouse=More Goshawks. Still a fantastic find if you see one.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Check the Racek Road & CR229/29 intersection. A few  have recently been seen dancing out on the Lek that is marked on the Birding Map (early in the day). Check the feeders in front of the house and one feeder back by the spruces at the farm here. I have seen up to 3 here even in the afternoon.

Ruffed Grouse: Many seen this fall and early winter. Check roadsides in early a.m. and at dusk. Nichols Lake Road is especially good.

Northern Shrike: Quite common. Best areas are Stone Lake Road, Admiral Road, CR7.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and at road-killed deer.

Canada Jay: Very visible and numerous this winter. Many visiting the Welcome Center rib cages now. Also check Admiral Road feeders.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Winterberry Bog snowshoe trails are the best spot now (BUT you don’t need snowshoes as the trail is well packed for hiking). Trail at Winterberry starts at the roadside feeders. They have also been seen recently at the Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at the Warren Nelson Bog and near the Admiral Road feeders (walk the road for a 1/4 mile south and north and listen).

American Three-toed Woodpecker: One male at Winterberry Bog. Sometimes hard to find; make multiple attempts if possible. Walk in past feeders and stay to the right. Mostly seen in northern part of Winterberry Bog that has the many flaked trees (bark appears orange).

Boreal Chickadee: Only a few reports from Admiral Road. 3 seen 1/4 mile N or feeders recently. Have been seen at the Admiral Road feeders but not consistent. Best bet is to get out of your car and walk and pish in bog areas.

Bohemian Waxwing/Cedar Waxwing: A mixed flock of about 50 Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings was found Feb. 13th along CR229/29 just north of CR133. They were feeding on Buckthorn’s purple berries near the Jack Pines (on the west side of the road) and the Red Pines (on the east side of the road). This spot is on the paved section just south of where it turns to dirt. Recently part of this flock has also been seen in the town of Meadowlands, especially along Cedar Street.

American Tree Sparrow: 4 continue at the spur feeder of Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at the Warren Nelson Bog. Flock seen at Admiral Road feeders a few weeks ago.

Pine Grosbeaks: Sadly for us they are non-existent this winter. But it is good for the birds since they are finding food farther north in their home ranges. (ZERO on CBC on Tues. Dec 17)

Evening Grosbeaks: Mary Lou’s feeders has a small flock that normally visits in the morning. Sisu feeders on McDavitt Road has also has a flock.

White-winged Crossbills: Several seen lately: Small flocks have been seen along Admiral, Arkola/CR52 east of Owl Avenue in taller spruces (or gritting/salting on road), and McDavitt. But could appear anywhere there are spruces with cones.

Common Redpolls: NONEXISTANT TO RARE so far.

Pine Siskins: A few scattered reports in the Bog.

American Goldfinches: Unusually common this winter.

Snow Buntings: They are beginning to return so keep your eyes open in fields and along railroad tracks.

Mammals: Three Ermine ( pronounced “ERR-min” not “err-MINE”) have been seen around the Sax-Zim Bog recently. One Ermine has been seen at the Winterberry Bog deer rib cage in the middle of the day and puts on quite a show for folks. An Ermine was also seen near the beginning of the Warren Woessner Bog boardwalk at the Warren Nelson Bog. And a third Ermine was at the Welcome Center rib cage that is by the parking lot..but could also be at the rib cage north of the Welcome center. The Ermine is the winter white-coated form of the normally brown Short-tailed Weasel. No time is better than another. Good luck!

Snowshoe Hares have been seen along the Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at the Warren Nelson Bog. Scattered reports elsewhere.

Sparky spotted a Star-nosed Mole at the Welcome Center. It only briefly emerged from a snow tunnel, wiggled its 13 nose-tentacles, and went back into its subnivean world.

A few Bobcat sightings, especially west of CR5 on the way to Mary Lou’s feeders. One sighting along CR133 near Meadowlands.

A big bull Moose was seen a week ago along CR7 near Dibble Road. Also a Moose sighting off CR133 near US53.

Wolves have been seen recently as well.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT for Monday, February 17, 2020

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. Happy Valentines Day…and Festival Weekend! If you want some solitude during this busy time, think about snowshoeing Yellow-bellied Bog. The trails start at the feeders on Peary Road. See our birding map for location of Yellow-bellied Bog.
  2. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THE “CUT-ACROSS” ROAD BETWEEN THE ADMIRAL ROAD GRAVEL PIT AND MCDAVITT ROAD! You WILL get stuck. And the tow company cannot get their heavy truck in there. Estimate is $2500 to get out.
  3. At Mary Lou’s feeders, please ONLY PARK IN HER DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD. And NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.
  4. When watching the Great Gray Owl on Zim Road/CR27 please pull over as far as safely can and put on your flashers. Photograph/watch only from the road shoulder. Watch out for traffic! This is a 55mph road. Let’s keep our neighbors happy!
  5. 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. 

Great Gray Owls: Very spotty. Only recent reports along Zim Road/CR 27 near Luikkenen and Yoki Roads. The brief thaw and hard refreeze may mean that hunting along the roads makes it difficult for the owls to break through they icy crust to reach the voles. Snow is softer back in the deep bog so they may be hunting deep in the bogs. ALSO a pair of Great Horned Owls was seen along Admiral. They are known predators of Great Gray Owls!

Check at dawn and dusk along Zim Road in the vicinity of Yoki and Luikkenen Roads. Also Admiral Road and CR7.  But also check Overton Road west of Owl Avenue, Nichols Lake Road, McDavitt Road, Yoki Road, and Arkola as well…in other words, the usual spots. Sighting tips: Get out early and stay out until dusk. Cloudy, calm, snow, warm (temps in teens and 20s) are BEST conditions to see Great Grays. They don’t show often in clear, bitter cold, windy conditions.

Northern Hawk Owl: At least 3 have been seen in the Bog in the last week. Best bets are at the intersection of Arkola/CR52 (check tops of spruces near the farm there); Alesche’s Accommodations on CR5 south of Arkola/CR52. and near the Byrne’s Greenhouse on CR7, sometimes sitting in the tall spruces by their house. [Park on shoulder with FLASHERS ON…and observe from shoulder. Be aware of traffic].

Snowy Owl: Now seen regularly on the west side of CR7 south of Sax Road. It is often far out in the field but occasionally closer to CR7. Also check near Byrne’s Greenhouse on CR7…especially at dusk. Several other sightings but none sticking in any single spot.

Barred Owl: One very tame guy who perches near the Winterberry Bog feeders. It has not been as regular as it was a week or two ago. Another has been seen in the vicinity of Yellow-bellied Bog and Finn Road. May be the same owl??

BOREAL OWL: Reappeared at the Admiral Road feeders on Sunday Feb. 16th and was out much of the day.

BARN OWL: Minnesota’s 34th EVER Barn Owl (and only 3rd for St. Louis County) was identified in the Sax-Zim Bog on January 11th. It was flying in late afternoon east of CR7 in the fields north of Byrne’s Greenhouse. Identified independently by Heidi Kirsch Novak and Kim Eckert. It later came out that Noel Larson of Hawk Ridge tentatively identified it on January 1st but could not be completely sure that it wasn’t the more likely Short-eared Owl. **BARN OWL DIED THE FOLLOWING DAY. STARVING. ATTEMPTED TO TRANSPORT TO RAPTOR CENTER BUT DIED ENROUTE.

Rough-legged Hawks: Roughlegs have mostly moved on, but a couple still linger. One seen last week east of Cranberry just north of Sax Road.

Northern Goshawk: Multiple sightings! One adult sometimes hunts pigeons at the “Hawk Owl Farm” at the intersection of Arkola/CR52 and Overton. Most observations on Admiral and McDavitt,  but also Stone Lake Road,  CR7 north of CR52, but have been seen many locations. Also recorded at Mary Lou’s feeders (big female). Lots of Ruffed Grouse=More Goshawks. Still a fantastic find if you see one.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Check the Racek Road & CR229/29 intersection. A few  have recently been seen dancing out on the Lek that is marked on the Birding Map (early in the day). Check the feeders in front of the house and one feeder back by the spruces at the farm here. I have seen up to 3 here even in the afternoon.

Ruffed Grouse: Many seen this fall and early winter. Check roadsides in early a.m. and at dusk. Nichols Lake Road is especially good.

Northern Shrike: Quite common. Best areas are Stone Lake Road, Admiral Road, CR7.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and at road-killed deer.

Canada Jay: Very visible and numerous this winter. Many visiting the Welcome Center rib cages now. Also check Admiral Road feeders.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Winterberry Bog snowshoe trails are the best spot now (BUT you don’t need snowshoes as the trail is well packed for hiking). Trail at Winterberry starts at the roadside feeders. They have also been seen recently at the Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at the Warren Nelson Bog and near the Admiral Road feeders (walk the road for a 1/4 mile south and north and listen).

American Three-toed Woodpecker: One male at Winterberry Bog. Sometimes hard to find; make multiple attempts if possible. Walk in past feeders and stay to the right. Mostly seen in northern part of Winterberry Bog that has the many flaked trees (bark appears orange).

Boreal Chickadee: Only a few reports from Admiral Road. 3 seen 1/4 mile N or feeders recently. Have been seen at the Admiral Road feeders but not consistent. PLEASE PUT PEANUT BUTTER OUT at the feeders. Best bet is to get out of your car and walk and pish in bog areas.

Bohemian Waxwing/Cedar Waxwing: A mixed flock of about 50 Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings was found yesterday (Feb. 13) along CR229/29 just north of CR133. They were feeding on Buckthorn’s purple berries near the Jack Pines (on the west side of the road) and the Red Pines (on the east side of the road). This spot is on the paved section just south of where it turns to dirt.

American Tree Sparrow: 4 continue at the spur feeder of Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at the Warren Nelson Bog. Flock seen at Admiral Road feeders a few weeks ago.

Dark-eyed Junco: Several visiting Admiral Road feeders. One that has a leucistic (White) crown feathers.

Pine Grosbeaks: Sadly for us they are non-existent this winter. But it is good for the birds since they are finding food farther north in their home ranges. (ZERO on CBC on Tues. Dec 17)

Evening Grosbeaks: Mary Lou’s feeders has a small flock that normally visits in the morning. Sisu feeders on McDavitt Road has also has a flock.

White-winged Crossbills: Several seen lately: Two small flocks flew over Admiral Road feeders.  Best bets are Arkola/CR52 east of Owl Avenue in taller spruces (or gritting/salting on road), and McDavitt. But could appear anywhere there are spruces with cones.

Common Redpolls: RARE so far. (9 on CBC on Tues. Dec 17). A few should be showing up at area feeders soon.

Pine Siskins: A few scattered reports in the Bog.

American Goldfinches: Unusually common this winter.

Snow Buntings: NO recent sightings. Check CR29 farm fields.

Mammals: Three Ermine ( pronounced “ERR-min” not “err-MINE”) were seen Feb 10th around the Sax-Zim Bog. One Ermine was seen at the Winterberry Bog deer rib cage in the middle of the day and put on quite a show for folks. An Ermine was also seen near the beginning of the Warren Woessner Bog boardwalk at the Warren Nelson Bog yesterday. And a third Ermine was at the Welcome Center rib cage that is by the parking lot in morning about 9 AM. The Ermine is the winter white-coated form of the normally brown Short-tailed Weasel. Good luck!

Snowshoe Hares have been seen along the Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at the Warren Nelson Bog. Scattered reports elsewhere.

Sparky spotted a Star-nosed Mole at the Welcome Center a week ago. It only briefly emerged from a snow tunnel, wiggled its 13 nose-tentacles, and went back into its subnivean world.

A few Bobcat sightings, especially west of CR5 on the way to Mary Lou’s feeders. One sighting along CR133 near Meadowlands.

Moose sighting off CR133 near US53.

Wolves have been seen recently as well.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT for Friday, February 6, 2020

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THE “CUT-ACROSS” ROAD BETWEEN THE ADMIRAL ROAD GRAVEL PIT AND MCDAVITT ROAD! You WILL get stuck. And the tow company cannot get their heavy truck in there. Estimate is $2500 to get out.
  2. At Mary Lou’s feeders, please ONLY PARK IN HER DRIVEWAY, NOT ON THE ROAD. And NEVER point your binoculars at the neighboring house across the road.
  3. Give the BOREAL OWL space. Only shoot from the east side of the road. DO NOT creep up to the feeders to get a shot. This bird is hunting for survival!
  4. 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. 

Great Gray Owls: Not reported for about 5 days. The brief thaw and hard refreeze may mean that hunting along the roads makes it difficult for the owls to break through they icy crust to reach the voles. Snow is softer back in the deep bog. ALSO a pair of Great Horned Owls was seen along Admiral. They are known predators of Great Gray Owls!

Check at dawn and dusk along Zim Road in the vicinity of Yoki and Luikkenen Roads. Also Admiral Road and CR7.  But also check Overton Road west of Owl Avenue, Nichols Lake Road, McDavitt Road, Yoki Road, and Arkola as well…in other words, the usual spots. Sighting tips: Get out early and stay out until dusk. Cloudy, calm, snow, warm (temps in teens and 20s) are BEST conditions to see Great Grays. They don’t show often in clear, bitter cold, windy conditions.

Northern Hawk Owl: At least 4 or 5 have been seen in the Bog in the last week. Best bets are at the intersection of Arkola/CR52 (check tops of spruces near the farm there); Overton north of Arkola. One or two have been regular near the Byrne’s Greenhouse on CR7, sometimes sitting in the tall spruces by their house. [Park on shoulder with FLASHERS ON…and observe from shoulder. Be aware of traffic].

Snowy Owl: Now seen regularly on the west side of CR7 south of Sax Road. It is often far out in the field. Also check near Byrne’s Greenhouse on CR7…especially at dusk. Several other sightings but none sticking in any single spot.

Barred Owl: One very tame guy who perches near the Winterberry Bog feeders. Another has been seen in the vicinity of Yellow-bellied Bog and Finn Road. May be the same owl??

BOREAL OWL: Continues at the Admiral Road feeders. Seen today already (Thurs. Feb 6).  Could be the same owl that was reported here about a month ago!)

BARN OWL: Minnesota’s 34th EVER Barn Owl (and only 3rd for St. Louis County) was identified in the Sax-Zim Bog on January 11th. It was flying in late afternoon east of CR7 in the fields north of Byrne’s Greenhouse. Identified independently by Heidi Kirsch Novak and Kim Eckert. It later came out that Noel Larson of Hawk Ridge tentatively identified it on January 1st but could not be completely sure that it wasn’t the more likely Short-eared Owl. **BARN OWL DIED THE FOLLOWING DAY. STARVING. ATTEMPTED TO TRANSPORT TO RAPTOR CENTER BUT DIED ENROUTE.

Rough-legged Hawks: Roughlegs have mostly moved on, but a couple still linger. One seen today east of Cranberry just north of Sax Road.

Northern Goshawk: Multiple sightings! One adult sometimes hunts pigeons at the “Hawk Owl Farm” at the intersection of Arkola/CR52 and Overton. Most observations on Admiral and McDavitt,  but also Stone Lake Road,  CR7 north of CR52, but have been seen many locations. Also recorded at Mary Lou’s feeders (big female). Lots of Ruffed Grouse=More Goshawks. Still a fantastic find if you see one.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Check the Racek Road & CR229/29 intersection. A few  have recently been seen dancing out on the Lek that is marked on the Birding Map (early in the day). Check the feeders in front of the house and one feeder back by the spruces at the farm here. I have seen up to 3 here even in the afternoon.

Ruffed Grouse: Many seen this fall and early winter. Check roadsides in early a.m. and at dusk. Nichols Lake Road is especially good.

Northern Shrike: Quite common. Best areas are Stone Lake Road, Admiral Road, CR7.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and at road-killed deer. Check the Coyote carcasses along Owl Avenue about 1/2 mile N of Correction Line Road.

Canada Jay: Very visible and numerous this winter. Many visiting the Welcome Center rib cages now. Also check Admiral Road feeders.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Winterberry Bog snowshoe trails are the best spot now (BUT you don’t need snowshoes as the trail is well packed for hiking). Trail at Winterberry starts at the roadside feeders. They have also been seen recently at the Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at the Warren Nelson Bog and near the Admiral Road feeders (walk the road for a 1/4 mile south and north and listen).

American Three-toed Woodpecker: One male at Winterberry Bog. Walk in past feeders and stay to the right. Mostly seen in northern part of bog that has the many flaked trees (bark appears orange).

Boreal Chickadee: Only a few reports from Admiral Road. 3 seen 1/4 mile N or feeders recently. Have been seen at the Admiral Road feeders but not consistent. PLEASE PUT PEANUT BUTTER OUT at the feeders. Best bet is to get out of your car and walk and pish in bog areas.

American Tree Sparrow: 4 continue at the spur feeder of Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at the Warren Nelson Bog. Flock seen at Admiral Road feeders a few weeks ago.

Dark-eyed Junco: Several visiting Admiral Road feeders. One that has a leucistic (White) crown feathers.

Pine Grosbeaks: Sadly for us they are non-existent this winter. But it is good for the birds since they are finding food farther north in their home ranges. (ZERO on CBC on Tues. Dec 17)

Evening Grosbeaks: Mary Lou’s feeders has a small flock that normally visits in the morning. Sisu feeders on McDavitt Road has also has a flock.

White-winged Crossbills: Several seen lately: Two small flocks flew over Admiral Road feeders.  Best bets are Arkola/CR52 east of Owl Avenue in taller spruces (or gritting/salting on road), and McDavitt. But could appear anywhere there are spruces with cones.

Common Redpolls: RARE so far. (9 on CBC on Tues. Dec 17). A few should be showing up at area feeders soon.

Snow Buntings: NO recent sightings. Check CR29 farm fields.

Mammals: The Welcome Center ermine (Short-tailed Weasel in winter white pelage) has not been seen for 3 weeks.

Snowshoe Hares have been seen along the Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at the Warren Nelson Bog. Scattered reports elsewhere.

Mink and Otter have been seen sporadically along open water patches of Stone Lake Road.

A few Bobcat sightings, especially west of CR5 on the way to Mary Lou’s feeders.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT for Friday, January 29, 2020

**IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THE “CUT-ACROSS” ROAD BETWEEN THE ADMIRAL ROAD GRAVEL PIT AND MCDAVITT ROAD! You WILL get stuck. And the tow company cannot get their heavy truck in there. Estimate is $2500 to get out.
  2. 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. 

Great Gray Owls: Rare last week but several recent sightings…most at dawn and dusk. Admiral Road and CR7 have been best. Several sightings near the Admiral Road feeders. But also check Overton Road west of Owl Avenue, Nichols Lake Road, McDavitt Road, Yoki Road, and Arkola as well…in other words, the usual spots. Sighting tips: Get out early and stay out until dusk. Cloudy, calm, snow, warm (temps in teens and 20s) are BEST conditions to see Great Grays. They don’t show often in clear, bitter cold, windy conditions.

Northern Hawk Owl: At least 4 or 5 have been seen in the Bog in the last week. Best bets are at the intersection of Arkola/CR52 (check tops of spruces near the farm there); Overton north of Arkola. One or two have been regular near the Byrne’s Greenhouse on CR7, sometimes sitting in the tall spruces by their house. [Park on shoulder with FLASHERS ON…and observe from shoulder. Be aware of traffic].

Snowy Owl: One seen regularly near Byrne’s Greenhouse on CR7…especially at dusk. Several other sightings but none sticking in any single spot.

Barred Owl: One very tame guy who perches near the Winterberry Bog feeders.

BOREAL OWL: Observed by many folks at Admiral Road feeders yesterday (Jan. 28). Even sat directly on the feeder crossbar at one point. (Could be the same owl that was reported here about a month ago!)

BARN OWL: Minnesota’s 34th EVER Barn Owl (and only 3rd for St. Louis County) was identified in the Sax-Zim Bog on January 11th. It was flying in late afternoon east of CR7 in the fields north of Byrne’s Greenhouse. Identified independently by Heidi Kirsch Novak and Kim Eckert. It later came out that Noel Larson of Hawk Ridge tentatively identified it on January 1st but could not be completely sure that it wasn’t the more likely Short-eared Owl. **BARN OWL DIED THE FOLLOWING DAY. STARVING. ATTEMPTED TO TRANSPORT TO RAPTOR CENTER BUT DIED ENROUTE.

Rough-legged Hawks: Roughlegs have mostly moved on, but a couple still linger.

Northern Goshawk: Multiple sightings! Mainly on Admiral and McDavitt,  but also Stone Lake Road,  CR7 north of CR52, but have been seen many locations. Also recorded at Mary Lou’s feeders (big female). Lots of Ruffed Grouse=More Goshawks. Still a fantastic find if you see one.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Check the Racek Road & CR229/29 intersection. A few  have recently been seen dancing out on the Lek that is marked on the Birding Map (early in the day). Check the feeders in front of the house and one feeder back by the spruces at the farm here. I have seen up to 3 here even in the afternoon.

Ruffed Grouse: Many seen this fall and early winter. Check roadsides in early a.m. and at dusk. Nichols Lake Road is especially good.

Northern Shrike: Quite common. Best areas are Stone Lake Road, Admiral Road, CR7.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and at road-killed deer.

Canada Jay: Very visible and numerous this winter. Many visiting the Welcome Center rib cages now. Also check Admiral Road feeders.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Winterberry Bog snowshoe trails are the best spot now (BUT you don’t need snowshoes as the trail is well packed for hiking). They have also been seen recently near the Admiral Road feeders (walk the road for a 1/4 mile south and north and listen).

American Three-toed Woodpecker: One male at Winterberry Bog. Walk in past feeders and stay to the right. Mostly seen in northern part of bog that has the many flaked trees (bark appears orange).

Boreal Chickadee: Only a few reports from Admiral Road. Have been seen at the Admiral Road feeders but not consistent. PLEASE PUT PEANUT BUTTER OUT at the feeders.

American Tree Sparrow: Flock seen at Admiral Road feeders a week ago.

Dark-eyed Junco: Several visiting Admiral Road feeders. One that has a leucistic (White) crown feathers.

Pine Grosbeaks: Sadly for us they are non-existent this winter. But it is good for the birds since they are finding food farther north in their home ranges. (ZERO on CBC on Tues. Dec 17)

Evening Grosbeaks: Mary Lou’s feeders has a small flock that normally visits in the morning. Sisu feeders on McDavitt Road has also has a flock.

White-winged Crossbills: Several seen lately:  Best bets are Arkola/CR52 east of Owl Avenue in taller spruces (or gritting/salting on road), and McDavitt. But could appear anywhere there are spruces with cones.

Common Redpolls: RARE so far. (9 on CBC on Tues. Dec 17). Numbers should increase as the winter goes on.

Snow Buntings: NO recent sightings. Check CR29 farm fields.

Mammals: The Welcome Center ermine (Short-tailed Weasel in winter white pelage) has not been seen for a couple weeks.

Mink and Otter have been seen sporadically along open water patches of Stone Lake Road.

A few Bobcat sightings, especially west of CR5 on the way to Mary Lou’s feeders.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT for Friday, January 13, 2020

**WEATHER: About 20 inches of snow on the ground (much more around Duluth, Carlton County, North Shore and South Shore). 

Great Gray Owls: Several recent sightings at dawn and dusk. Owl Avenue and Admiral Road have been best. Several sightings near the Admiral Road feeders. But also check Nichols Lake Road, McDavitt Road, Yoki Road, and Arkola as well…in other words, the usual spots. Sighting tips: Get out early and stay out until dusk. Cloudy, calm, snow, warm (temps in teens and 20s) are BEST conditions to see Great Grays. They don’t show often in clear, bitter cold, windy conditions.

Northern Hawk Owl: At least 4 or 5 have been seen in the Bog in the last week. Best bets are Arkola west of Owl Avenue to Overton; Overton north of Arkola; and at Alesche’s Accommodations at 10477 Pinewood Dr, Meadowlands, MN 55765 (actually right on Hwy 5 south of Arkola/CR52. Also check Zim Road and McDavitt. Eventually they should settle in to certain areas and they will be easier to find. Stay tuned!

Snowy Owl: One seen this afternoon (Jan 10) near Byrne’s Greenhouse on CR7. Several other sightings but none sticking in any single spot (More seen earlier in the winter).

Short-eared Owl: One Jan 10th on east side of CR7 near intersection with Dibbel Road.

BARN OWL: Minnesota’s 34th EVER Barn Owl (and only 3rd for St. Louis County) was identified in the Sax-Zim Bog on January 11th. It was flying in late afternoon east of CR7 in the fields north of Byrne’s Greenhouse. Identified independently by Heidi Kirsch Novak and Kim Eckert. It later came out that Noel Larson of Hawk Ridge tentatively identified it on January 1st but could not be completely sure that it wasn’t the more likely Short-eared Owl.

Unfortunately it was not doing well, and was found unable to fly and emaciated. It was transported to the Raptor Center at University of Minnesota but later died.

Rough-legged Hawks: Roughlegs have mostly moved on, but a couple still linger.

Northern Goshawk: Multiple sightings; mainly on Admiral, McDavitt and CR7 north of CR52. Lots of Ruffed Grouse=More Goshawks. Still a rare find.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Check the Racek Road & CR229/29 intersection. Check the feeders in front of the house and one feeder back by the spruces at the farm here. I have seen up to 3 here even in the afternoon.

Ruffed Grouse: Many seen this fall and early winter. Check roadsides in early a.m. and at dusk. Nichols Lake Road is especially good.

Northern Shrike: Quite common. Best areas are Stone Lake Road, Admiral Road, CR7.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and at road-killed deer.

Canada Jay: Very visible and numerous this winter. Many visiting the Welcome Center rib cages now. Also check Admiral Road feeders.

Black-backed Woodpecker: They have been seen recently near the Admiral Road feeders (also walk the road for a 1/4 mile south and north and listen). Also check Warren Nelson (along the Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk), and Winterberry Bog snowshoe trails (BUT you don’t need snowshoes as the trail is well packed for hiking).

American Three-toed Woodpecker: Report recently of 2 males along McDavitt Road bog stretch. Also report Jan 10th of one at Winterberry Bog.

Boreal Chickadee: Only a few reports from Admiral Road. Have been seen at the Admiral Road feeders but not consistent. PLEASE PUT PEANUT BUTTER OUT at the feeders.

American Tree Sparrow: One hardy guy hangs out near the spur of the Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at the Warren Nelson Memorial Bog.

Dark-eyed Junco: Several visiting Admiral Road feeders. One that has a leucistic (White) crown feathers.

Pine Grosbeaks: Sadly for us they are non-existent this winter. But it is good for the birds since they are finding food farther north in their home ranges. (ZERO on CBC on Tues. Dec 17)

Evening Grosbeaks: Mary Lou’s feeders has a small flock that normally visits in the morning. Sisu feeders on McDavitt Road has also had a flock.

White-winged Crossbills: Several seen lately:  Best bets are Arkola/CR52 east of Owl Avenue in taller spruces (or gritting/salting on road), and McDavitt. But could appear anywhere there are spruces with cones.

Common Redpolls: RARE so far. (9 on CBC on Tues. Dec 17). Numbers should increase as the winter goes on.

Snow Buntings: NO recent sightings. Check CR29 farm fields.

Mammals: The ERMINE (Short-tailed Weasel in winter white pelage) has been seen daily at the Welcome Center rib cage north of the building. Sometimes comes late morning…and sometimes mid afternoon.

Mink and Otter have been seen sporadically along open water patches of Stone Lake Road.

Pine Marten seen today along Admiral Road (NOT at feeders!)

Also recent sightings of Red Fox, Porcupine (PS The “sleeping” Porkie along Arkola/CR52 east of Owl Avenue is dead…not sleeping).

2 Raccoons spotted near Meadowlands.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT for Wed. Dec. 18, 2019

**WEATHER: About 20 inches of snow on the ground (much more around Duluth, Carlton County, North Shore and South Shore). Expect milder temps this week (Highs in 20s F).

**SAFETY NOTE: A tragic train-truck accident took the life of a driver a couple weeks ago (intersection of Sax-Road and CR7). PLEASE STOP FOR ALL RAILROAD CROSSINGS…AND PROCEED CAREFULLY.

**Loretta’s feeders are NOT filled yet. Stay tuned!

Great Gray Owls: Several recent sightings at dawn. Owl Avenue and Admiral Road have been best. But check Nichols Lake Road, McDavitt Roads and Arkola as well…in other words, the usual spots. Sighting tips: Get out early and stay out until dusk. Cloudy, calm, snow, warm (temps in teens and 20s) are BEST conditions to see Great Grays. They don’t show often in clear, bitter cold, windy conditions.

Northern Hawk Owl: At least two or three have been seen in the Bog in the last week. But they are moving around right now. Check Zim Road, McDavitt, Arkola west of Owl Avenue. Eventually they will settle in to certain areas and they will be easier to find. Stay tuned!

Snowy Owl: Several sightings but none sticking in any single spot.

Rough-legged Hawks: Due to the recent snowstorms, the Roughlegs have mostly moved on, but some still linger (7 on CBC on Tues. Dec 17).

Northern Goshawk: Multiple sightings; mainly on Admiral, McDavitt and CR7 north of CR52.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Check the Racek Road & CR229/29 intersection. The farm’s feeders seem to be down now.

Ruffed Grouse: Many seen this fall and early winter. Check roadsides in early a.m. and at dusk. Nichols Lake Road is especially good.

Northern Shrike: Quite common. Best areas are Stone Lake Road, Admiral Road, CR7.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and at road-killed deer.

Canada Jay: Very visible at this time of year. Check Welcome Center and Admiral Road feeders.

Black-backed Woodpecker: They have been heard and seen at Fringed Gentian Bog (formerly Fermoy Bog), Warren Nelson (along the Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk), Winterberry Bog, Admiral Road feeder (fly over…They do NOT eat suet at a feeder!) and Admiral Roads.

Boreal Chickadee: Only a few reports from Admiral Road. Not coming regularly to Admiral Road feeders yet.

Pine Grosbeaks: Sadly for us they are almost non-existent this winter. But it is good for the birds since they are finding food farther north in their home ranges. (ZERO on CBC on Tues. Dec 17)

Evening Grosbeaks: Mary Lou’s feeders has a small flock that normally visits in the morning. Sisu feeders on McDavitt Road has also had a flock.

Crossbills: 2 White-wings reported on McDavitt

Common Redpolls: RARE so far. (9 on CBC on Tues. Dec 17). Numbers should increase as the winter goes on.

Snow Buntings: Few recent sightings. Check CR29 farm fields.

Mammals: Red Fox, Porcupine

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT for Monday, December 9, 2019

**The Welcome Center is now Open for the season. We will be open every day until mid March (except Christmas Eve & Christmas Day). Our hours are 10am to 3pm.

** Admiral Road feeders are up, so PLEASE PUT OUT SUET OR PEANUT BUTTER IF YOU HAPPEN BY.

**WEATHER: About 18 inches of snow on the ground (much more around Duluth, Carlton County, North Shore and South Shore). Expect bitter below zero temps this week.

**SAFETY NOTE: A tragic train-truck accident took the life of a driver last week (intersection of Sax-Road and CR7). PLEASE STOP FOR ALL RAILROAD CROSSINGS…AND PROCEED CAREFULLY.

Great Gray Owls: Several recent sightings at dawn. Check Nichols Lake Road, Admiral and McDavitt Roads…in other words, the usual spots.

Northern Hawk Owl: At least two or three have been seen in the Bog in the last week. But they are moving around right now. Check Zim Road and Arkola west of Owl Avenue. Eventually they will settle in to certain areas and they will be easier to find. Stay tuned!

Snowy Owl: Several sightings: CR7 near Byrn’s Greenhouse and field NE of intersection of CR229/29 and Dart Road. None sticking as of today.

Rough-legged Hawks: Despite the recent snowstorms, the Roughlegs must still be able to find and reach the voles. Dozens with concentrations along CR7 north of CR52/Arkola, along CR133, and McDavitt. But can be found almost anywhere! [*Note that this is an irruptive species, and we have large influxes every 4 to 8 years. Last winter we had almost zero, but this is certainly an irruption year. Our Christmas Bird Count record is 139 in one day! (1994)]

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Starting to be seen near the Racek Road & CR229/29 intersection. Check that farm’s feeders as well.

Ruffed Grouse: Many seen this fall and early winter. Check roadsides in early a.m. and at dusk. Nichols Lake Road is especially good.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and at road-killed deer.

Canada Jay: Very visible at this time of year. Check Admiral Road feeders.

Black-backed Woodpecker: They have been heard and seen at Fringed Gentian Bog (formerly Fermoy Bog), Warren Nelson (along the Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk), Winterberry Bog, Admiral Road feeder (fly over…They do NOT eat suet at a feeder!) and Admiral Roads.

Pine Grosbeaks: Sadly for us they are almost non-existent this winter. But it is good for the birds since they are finding food farther north in their home ranges.

Evening Grosbeaks: Mary Lou’s feeders has a small flock that normally visits in the morning. Sisu feeders on McDavitt Road has also had a flock.

Crossbills: No reports

Common Redpolls: No reports

Snow Buntings: Few recent sightings. Keep an eye open along CR7 and any railroad tracks.

Mammals: Red Fox.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT for Saturday November 23, 2019

**The Welcome Center will Open for the season on Saturday, December 7th. We will be open every day until mid March (except Christmas). Our hours are 10am to 3pm.

**The Bears are sleeping now so the feeders are starting to be put up. Mary Lou feeds year round. The Welcome Center has a few feeders up. Admiral Road feeders are up, so PLEASE PUT OUT SUET OR PEANUT BUTTER IF YOU HAPPEN BY.

**Note that Minnesota Deer Firearms season is open now. Wear lots of blaze orange if you are going “off road.” The season ends Sunday Nov. 24 after sunset.

Great Gray Owls: A couple recent sightings at dawn. Check Nichols Lake Road, Admiral and McDavitt Roads…in other words, the usual spots.

Northern Hawk Owl: At least two have been seen in the Bog in the last week. But they are moving around right now. Eventually they will settle in to certain areas and they will be easier to find. Stay tuned!

Short-eared Owl: Clinton reported one on Friday Nov. 22 just north of Byrn’s Greenhouse on CR7 (east side). At least one other earlier report as well. They are usually gone by December.

Rough-legged Hawks: Lots! Dozens with concentrations along CR7 north of CR52/Arkola, along CR133, and McDavitt. But can be found almost anywhere! [*Note that this is an irruptive species, and we have large influxes every 4 to 8 years. Last winter we had almost zero, but this is certainly an irruption year. Our Christmas Bird Count record is 139 in one day! (1994)]

Red-tailed Hawks: Most are now gone.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and at road-killed deer. One heard at Fringed Gentian Bog this week.

Canada Jay: Very visible at this time of year.

Black-backed Woodpecker: They have been heard and seen at Fringed Gentian Bog (formerly Fermoy Bog), Warren Nelson (along the Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk), Winterberry Bog, Admiral Road feeder (fly over…They do NOT eat suet at a feeder!) and Admiral Roads.

Pine Grosbeaks: They should be here by now….and I’m sure there are a few around.

Evening Grosbeaks: Mary Lou’s feeders has a small flock that normally visits in the morning.

Crossbills: No reports

Common Redpolls: No reports

Snow Buntings: Few recent sightings.

Mammals: No observations of note.

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SAX-ZIM BIRD & WILDLIFE REPORT for Tuesday November 12, 2019

**The Welcome Center will Open for the season on Saturday, December 7th. We will be open every day until mid March (except Christmas). Our hours are 10am to 3pm.

**The Bears are sleeping now so the feeders are starting to be put up. Mary Lou feeds year round. The Welcome Center has a few feeders up.

**Note that Minnesota Deer Firearms season is open now. Wear lots of blaze orange if you are going “off road.” The season runs through Nov. 24.

Great Gray Owls: A couple recent sightings at dawn. Check Admiral and McDavitt Roads.

Pine Grosbeaks: They should be here by now….and I’m sure there are a few around.

Rough-legged Hawks: Lots! Head Naturalist Clinton tallied 57 the other day.

Red-tailed Hawks: Still a few hanging around. They will be gone soon.

Black-billed Magpie: Look near farms with animals…and at road-killed deer.

Canada Jay: Very visible at this time of year.

Black-backed Woodpecker: They have been heard and seen at Fringed Gentian Bog (formerly Fermoy Bog), Warren Nelson (along the Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk), and Admiral Roads.

Snow Buntings: Several flocks have been seen.

Mammals: Sparky saw a Timber Wolf the other day.

Lets all be kind and courteous out there! …to both the birds and other birders.

SEE ARCHIVED BIRD/MAMMAL REPORTS FROM PREVIOUS YEARS HERE

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