Tuesday, August 11, 2009

June 19 - Sax and Zim
We met Kim in Floodwood, MN before heading to the Sax/Zim roads; primarily dirt roads through farm lands, outstanding grasslands, and prime tamarack spruce forest.

Our first Mourning Warbler delighted all. The day included much searching for Great Gray Owl (none allowing a visit) and short hikes into bogs and long the dirt roads. Olive-sided Flycatcher, Lincoln's Sparrow, Boreal Chickadee, Palm Warbler, Alder Flycatcher, a spectacularly plumaged Blue-headed Vireo, and the impressive wildflowers and plants all made for a fabulous north woods experience.

Oh...and I forgot to mention the close encounters with Black-backed Woodpecker, Gray Jay, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Leconte's Sparrow, Sedge Wren, and more.

Kim was an unequalled source of information on the local plants, geology, history, and of course bird ecology. We vowed to keep in touch.

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