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Sax-Zim Bog: Day 1

St. Louis County, MN

snow 15 °F

Today, my Uncle Mory and his friend Bruce drove me up to the Sax-Zim Bog in northern Minnesota for an overnight stay. As well as owls, I was and am still hoping to find Boreal Chickadee, Bohemian Waxwing, and Sharp-tailed Grouse — all of which would be life birds.

Lo and behold, at our first stop, the Admiral Road bird feeders, I immediately found my life bird, brown-headed BOREAL CHICKADEE!!! So cool!!!

It was a frosty-cold temperature of 10 degrees F outside, and soon my toes felt as if they were to fall off. Some electromagnetic hand warmers I put in my socks from Uncle Mory did the trick in warming my toes, though. Phew!

Then, a flock of PINE GROSBEAKS descended on the feeder area and some beautiful males posed nicely:

A CANADA JAY (formerly called Gray Jay) flew in:


A few COMMON REDPOLLS, uncommon this winter, landed a few hundred yards away in a bare tree:

The final stop of the day yielded a beautiful male SNOWY OWL perched in a faraway tree across a field from our car, a wonderful way to end the day:

Bird-of-the-day to my life bird Boreal Chickadees and runner-up to the Snowy Owl.
Good birding,
World Life List: 959 Species (1 life bird today: Boreal Chickadee)

Posted by skwclar 16:14 Archived in USA

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Nice lifer and gorgeous snowy owl! We have our CBC this saturday, wish us luck...and maybe send a snowy owl our way!
Happy New Year Henry!

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