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24
Jan
16

Sax-Zim Bog 2016 and Duluth Harbor

This winter’s trip failed to reveal any owls, unlike the past two winter trips where there were multiple sightings of Snowy, Great Grey and Hawk owls. But there was still a lot of sublime sightings amid the mostly overcast and snow-flurried skies. The last photograph is from Canal Park in Duluth’s harbor where a first-year Ivory Gull, a bird more at home on the arctic pack ice, has been drawing quite a bit of attention. NOTE: You can enlarge any image on the blog simply by clicking on the image.

Gray JayGrey Jay 1 WEB

Pine Grosbeak (male)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak WEB

Snowshoe HareSnowshoe Hare WEB

Pine Grosbeak (female)
Pine Grosebeak (F) WEB

PorcupinePorcupine WEB

Black-capped ChickadeesBlack-capped chickadees WEB

Evening GrosbeakEvening Grosbeak (M) WEB

Common RedpollRedpoll in flight WEB

Gray JayGrey Jay WEB

Ivory GullIvory Gull 3 WEB

 

20
Jan
16

Not-so-common visitors

The Pileated woodpecker and Red-bellied woodpecker are not-so-common visitors to my urban feeders in the city of St. Paul.  They are more common in wooded areas like those around the St. Croix River near Stillwater, Minnesota where these were photographed.

Pileated Woodpecker 1 Feb 2016 WEB

 

Red-bellied woodpecker WEB

11
Jan
16

birch detail

This is an image I introduced later in the 2015 season from the area of Fort Snelling State Park.

Birch Pano WEB

24
Jul
15

North Shore of Lake Superior

I had the opportunity to participate in the Grand Marais Art Fair in the middle of July and spent a couple of days meandering back home with a stop along the Gunflint Trail to view the prolific growth of lupine as well as a stop at Cascade River State Park.

Lupine NEW WEB

 

Cascade Falls WEB

24
Mar
15

a state of extremes

While I might still marvel at a scene such as this…

Como snow scene WEB

 

I am really ready to experience a scene such as this…

JTG pano WEB

Both scenes are from Como Park – click on either image to see it in a larger size.

05
Mar
15

2015 trip to Sax-Zim Bog

The most recent trip to Sax-Zim Bog in north central Minnesota provided two occasions to see the Great Grey Owl which had eluded us on the previous trips of the last two winters.  The other images are of birds we see infrequently around here save for the Black-capped Chickadee.  The birds in order of appearance are the Great Grey Owl, Pine Sisken, Black-capped Chickadee, Grey Jay, Purple Finches, and Common Redpoll.

 

Great Grey Owl WEB

 

Pine Siskin WEB

 

Black-capped Chickadee WEB

 

Grey Jay 2 WEB

 

Purple Finches WEB

 

Common Redpoll WEB

03
Mar
15

winter’s last stand?

Como winter tree WEB

 

If this is winter’s last stand then it certainly is going out like a lamb.  While it didn’t rival some of our classic spring blizzards and the long range forecast doesn’t look all that scary, I wouldn’t mind just one more mega storm for the season.  But the below zero wind chills can go away anytime by me.