People shake their heads and question my sanity when I tell them I am headed to the Northwoods of upper Minnesota in the middle of winter. But that is exactly what I did. More specifically, I headed to the Sax-Zim Bog, northwest of Duluth.
I was not alone. Last winter, people from at least 45 states and 5 foreign counties visited the bog. Why? They can see a variety of birds that overwinter in the northern Boreal Forests. Some of the species will occasionally make a brief winter appearance in Iowa. But in order to see a multitude of species and numbers, the bog is the place to go.
There are multiple bird feeding stations set up throughout the bog. Finding various species is not very challenging if you know which feeding stations they prefer to use. Here are some of the more unique species I encountered in and around the bog.
These are just a few of the species I saw and photographed during my short stay in the Northwoods. And the best part was that there were no mosquitos or ticks.