[Mnbird] Sax-Zim birding, Monday
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Tue Feb 7 21:56:34 CST 2017
On Sunday a group from Fargo-Moorhead Audubon was headed from Duluth up to Sax-Zim. We encountered a large flock of Bohemian waxwings along Arrowhead Road in Duluth. They were first observed in some fruit trees on the south side a block or so west of Vineyard Church. We drove to the next side street where we could turn around. As we started back to the location they took off and flew north over Arrowhead. The flock could easily have been in the 500-1000 range. There are no north/south streets in that area so we could not follow them.
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From: linda whyte via Mnbird <mnbird at lists.mnbird.net>
To: MOU-NET <MOU-NET at lists.umn.edu>; mnbird <mnbird at lists.mnbird.net>
Sent: Tue, Feb 7, 2017 7:56 am
Subject: [Mnbird] Sax-Zim birding, Monday
If the weather holds, Sax-Zim festival-goers should be in for especially nice birding this year! After enjoying Sunday, a Greater Black-backed Gull, which stood up at the outer end of the Duluth canal breakwater, we headed up Homestead Road toward Knife River Road, in search of Bohemian Waxwings. About 1/4 mile south of Clover Valley Road, a flock of over 60 of them, perched right on the side of Homestead Road, some of them descending from a deciduous tree down into the shrubs at eye-height, giving fabulous looks. There was another, smaller flock along Knife River Road, just near the intersection as well. That , and the good road conditions, made us hopeful for Bog sightings.
We were not disappointed, as Monday birding gave ample color and song: Purple Finches, Gold Finches, Pine Siskins, Common Redpolls, Pine Grosbeaks, Evening Grosbeaks, and White-winged Crossbills. As to be expected, we missed many of the other Bog specials; we rarely get to see all of them in one day. That, however, makes the perfect excuse for our regular repeat visits to enjoy this lovely, wild habitat!
Many thanks to all of you who maintain the Welcome Center and the various feeders, to all the patient and welcoming residents, and to anyone who supports the preservation of the Bog.
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