If any one bird symbolizes northeastern Minnesota, it’s Great Gray Owl, North America’s largest owl. The “Phantom of the North” is a permanent resident, and the first bird Sheryl DeVore recorded in 2015. (See her article, “Icebox birding,” on page 22 of our December 2015 issue.) As our friend Jim Williams writes, you can find the owl and other northern specialties this winter in the Sax-Zim Bog, a short drive from Duluth. Boreal Chickadee, Black-backed Woodpecker, Gray Jay, Northern Hawk Owl — they’re all highlights of outings undertaken between December and February. If you visit the bog or one of the other three hotspots described on the following pages, please let us know how your trip goes. You can reach us at [email protected]. — Matt Mendenhall
Four birding hotspots:
See maps and get driving directions and tips for the Sax-Zim Bog and the three other hotspots featured in our December 2015 issue:
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