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Bird Report

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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