Monday, January 7, 2013

Badgers getting the lay of the land

We did some scouting around Duluth today...

Max and Jess scoping for ducks



and met up with our buddy Erik Bruhnke, a badger at heart living the birder's dream in Duluth, MN. Sure, he's got his own team for the BRRRRdathon, but we couldn't resist hanging out with him; besides, he knows where to find all the local birds!

Lars and Erik cover both ends



Lars got really excited at a flock of songbirds when we first arrived on the scene...

Some feeding Common Redpolls



Common Redpolls were sweet, but the real treat was the two Hoary Redpolls (not pictured) moving with the flock. While they're more common in Sax-Zim Bog, it'll be great to have multiple locations scouted for the big day(s). Back on the water, Max is counting (and scrutinizing) Goldeneye...

common, common, common, common, comm....  HEY!



BARROW'S GOLDENEYE! A sweet adult male bird which gave us excellent looks.

Barrow's Goldeneye is the bird-of-the-day



Today wasn't all about birds though, we had a few runins with local wildlife as well. Red Squirrels, Red Fox, and a few White-tailed Deer all came to check us out as we crisscrossed the landscape trying to nail down important species for our big-day(s) route.

Doe giving me the eye



And when you're scouting Lake Superior, you never know what you'll find...

Jess has a new fan



Jess didn't need to bring her box fan on this trip because she quickly found on while searching for birds at Stoney Point (that among a whole host of other interesting field artifacts we may feature in a future post). And of course we needed to sample the local fare...

Lake Superior's finest smoked whitefish



Smoked whitefish was pretty amazing- and gave us all the pick-me-up we needed to push on through the afternoon into the evening.

...and, we're done



Trying to get the last bit of daylight, and taking advantage of anthropogenic ones, we wrapped up at the beautiful Aerial Lift Bridge.

Birding by streetlight near the iconic Aerial Lift Bridge



Tomorrow we head north and we can't wait to see what owls we might find... stay tuned for more!

In the meantime, you can support conservation of the Sax-Zim Bog by making a pledge to our team at the following link:

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1 comment:

  1. Nice finds!!!! Great work on the Barrow's!

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