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More EUP Travels, Few Birds

Postby Rick Baetsen » Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:54 pm

Bonnie and I made another trip to the Eastern Upper Peninsula today, Friday the 16th. Several interests took us up there, one being to search for a couple Great Gray Owls that have been reported in the past couple weeks. Though we have heard of no recent reports we searched where the ggow had been reported near St. Martins Bay in Mackinac County. The weather was better this trip and we searched M-134, Nunn’s Creek Rd., and St Martins Pt Rd with no luck.
More recently earlier this week we had a report of a ggow in Chippewa County near the MSU Dunbar Station. We searched the area and no ggow but did get good looks at our best birds of the trip at the feeders at Dunbar Station, six to eight male Pine Grosbeaks.
Out west of the Soo, we x-skied the short loop at the Algonquin Ski Trails. Ski conditions were very poor due to the two days of thawing and then freezing hard last night. Other than a Common Raven I do not believe we observed another bird in the boreal forest conifer habitat that surrounds the trails.
Lunch was at the Antlers in the Soo with friends from Brimley. All four of us are biologists so talk was of birds and mammals, much of which was how to determine the difference between the Least and Short-tailed Weasel.
We did drive the Rudyard Snowy Owl loop but by 3:00pm when we made our drive the cloudy day had turned to one of bright sun and we were unable to spot any of the many reported Snowy Owls.
It was a nice day for a drive though and we enjoyed visiting with friends and searching for birds that as a whole we did not find.
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