Minnesota Owls and More
We hope that Boreal Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Great Gray Owl, Snowy Owl, Redpolls and other finch species will be irrupting into northeast Minnesota, complementing the existing owling and winter birding in the area. The best months to look for owls and other winter birds in Minnesota have always been January and February.
More Details About this Trip:
We will make plans to find Spruce Grouse, Sharp- tailed Grouse, Ruffed Grouse, Northern Goshawk and Rough-legged Hawk. Occasionally, Gyrfalcons over- winter in the harbor area. Plenty of interesting gulls, like Glaucous Gull and Iceland Gull, can be found. We may also find (with a reasonable level of luck) Slaty-backed Gull, Greater Black-backed Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull.
Winter finches, like Evening Grosbeak and Pine Grosbeak, Hoary Redpoll, Common Redpoll, Pine Siskin, White-winged Crossbill and Red Crossbill, can often be found. Some of these finches are abundant and other species are low in numbers; however, when the food supply falls short north of Minnesota, more of these harder to get species show up in good numbers. Bohemian Waxwing, Northern Shrike, Boreal Chickadee and Canada Jay are also found in the winter season here, and we should find all four of these species. We could also find Varied Thrush and Townsend Solitaire.