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UP birding weekend

Postby Cindee » Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:53 pm

We had a great weekend birding in the UP. Weather was weird (warm and sunny). We saw 6 Snowy Owls near Rudyard as well as a Northern Shrike and Snow Buntings. At Dunbar Forest we had a huge flock of Purple Finches, at least 3 dozen. There was also a HUGE flock of Pine Siskins of at least 80 if not lots more. At the Dafter Dump we had an adult Glaucous Gull and an immature Iceland Gull (lifer) along with the 100s of Herring Gulls, Ravens and Crows and dozens of eagles. Near Pickford we had some Horned Larks and a Lapland Longspur. Most surprising birds of the weekend were the Robins in Sault Ste Marie and 2 Red-winged Blackbirds at Dunbar. We finally (on the 3rd try) found Bohemian Waxwings at the Dafter Post Office. We also had some Evening and Pine Grosbeaks in various places. Sharp-tailed Grouse were in several places but mostly around feeders. We also had a couple of Ruffed Grouse and saw turkeys is several places.

On Thursday the straits were mostly frozen with a few open places with rafts of ducks (Redheads?) but on Sunday, it was mostly open water so the ducks were not visible from the bridge.
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Re: UP birding weekend

Postby Cindee » Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:59 pm

I forgot the Gray Jays at Hulbert. We haven't seen them in a few years so that was fun. No luck with crossbills though.
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Re: UP birding weekend

Postby Kim LeBlanc » Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:52 am

I was up there on Friday & Saturday. What day were you at the "Rudyard" loop?
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Re: UP birding weekend

Postby Cindee » Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:06 am

We were there Thursday and saw the 6 owls. Friday we saw 3 and Saturday we saw 3.
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Re: UP birding weekend

Postby Dale » Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:32 pm

Great report Cindee. Glad you had such a good time, even with the weather!

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Re: UP birding weekend

Postby SandyLee » Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:09 pm

Awesome Cindee! Thanks!
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