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Bird Report

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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