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.
8 thoughts on “A Bog in the Northwoods (Part 1)”
Wonderful images and I know you were the shooter. Pine Martin, Boreal Owl, Bohemian Waxwings, Snowy & Great Grays are on the next bog, right, I hope. Don
Thank you Don. I did see a Pine Marten but it stayed back in the forest. I also saw 2 Great Gray Owls but they also were back in the forest a ways. I did not see a Boreal Owl, Bohemian Waxwing, or Snowy Owl. These alone are a good reason to return to the Bog some day.
Enjoy your posts. We have feeders out and with all the snow we have lots of birds, but most are blue jays, cardinals, and sparrows. We have a couple red bellied woodpeckers. One black bird and one turtledove that somehow missed migration? Marlyn
Thank you. Cardinals and Blue Jays add a lot of color to the winter scene. No doubt these birds are frequent visitors given the location of your house. I am guessing you got a lot of snow from this storm.
Thanks Stan, Good to see your beautiful photos again.
Thanks Sue. It felt good to get out again and use my camera. I did find my skills were a little rusty. I hope you didn’t get buried in too much snow yesterday.
Loved the photos and narrative. Thanks!
You are welcome Carol. There is so much to see across this great country of ours.
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