Day 46 — Sax-Zim Bog, Duluth, MN

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Hide the children! This post contains bird porn. Today I ended the day with exactly 400 species for 2017!!!!!!

I don’t care how you sugarcoat it, it’s f’ing cold up here. I met my guide, John Richardson at 7:30 for a whirlwind birding day. John is a transplanted Brit, a. stay-at-home Dad to 3 lovely boys and an incredible birder and guide. We got along famously!

I’m so glad that he was recommended to me by both Laura Keene and David and Tammy McQuade. They were right!!

In less than an hour, we’d seen White-winged Crossbills, Eurasian Tree Sparrow and Great Grey Owl. Wow. Our luck continued as we literally saw Pine Grosbeaks on the road and an unsatisfying look at a flock of Bohemian Waxwings. I definitely need a better look at my “spark bird” on this trip. After all, I’ve waited 50 years.

We continued on to parts of Sax-Sim Bog where we accumulated some really nice numbers of local specialties such as Gray Jay, Northern Shrike, Common Redpoll, Black-capped Chickadee, Evening Grosbeak, Pine Siskins and Purple Finches. We added Ring-necked Pheasant and a Rough-legged Hawk on the way back to town. This became my #400!

This trip ended up as a detour. What a magnificent turn of events. I have 4 more days here. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!

Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Pine Grosbeak

Evening Grosbeak

Evening Grosbeak
Female Ring-necked Pheasant
Rough-legged Hawk
Lake Superior
Lake Superior
Great Horned Owl
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Me at Sax-Zim Bog
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