Monthly Archives: February 2011

Quest for a Thousand

Are you a lister?  C’mon, you know you are—I know I am.  Like many birders, I like to keep a list of the birds I see by year; by state; the total spotted in the ABA territory.  I share the … Continue reading

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Las Vegas

I’m in Las Vegas till Sunday to celebrate my wife, Linda’s 60th birthday along with family  and friends.  It’s strictly non-birding (though would anyone really notice if I slip away tomorrow morning to the Henderson Sewage Ponds?).  I leave for … Continue reading

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Another Great Gray

If there’s one type of animal in the natural world I like more than birds it’s the great predators.   Today was a magical way to end a great trip in Minnesota.  We made it back to Duluth last night though … Continue reading

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Sax-Zim Bog

On Saturday we participated in the Sax-Zim Bog festival.  I’ll let some of the pictures tell the story.

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The Great Gray Ghost of the Boreal Forest

It’s moments like this that reinforce my decision to do my “Big Year” What a day! Actually most of the day was spent in Duluth and for me was a disappointment. No Snowy Owl and although our group had 200 … Continue reading

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Winter Birding in Minnesota

I’m headed to Duluth for some winter birding and the bird festival at the legendary Sax-Zim Bog, home to winter owls and breeding Connecticut Warblers and one of the largest bogs in the lower 48.  Great Gray Owls actually nest … Continue reading

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Next Post- Duluth, MN

My next post will be on Thursday, Feb. 17 when I fly to Duluth, MN for northern boreal birds

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A Meeting with Big Al?

This morning we had hoped to meet up with “Big Al”. I wasn’t terribly optimistic. We’d already failed Monday afternoon. In fact the wind had blasted into my face with such force, I could barely hold on to the fishing … Continue reading

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Williams Ridge

Today we worked the hills for grouse and quail. Gary knows an outfitter and hunting guide in Arcata, whom he met when he was working for Pentax at the Godwit Days Bird Festival, named Brad Smith. Brad is an avid … Continue reading

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The Road to the Tall Trees

This morning we drove the Road to the Tall Trees in Redwood National Park.  It’s a 4 mile gated gravel road through heavy forest to a grove of Redwoods that includes the tallest tree in the world.  You need a … Continue reading

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