About Erik Bruhnke

Erik has been interested in birds since he picked up his first pair of binoculars as a kid. He has taught several courses of field ornithology at Northland College, conducted cavity-nesting surveys along the Pacific Coast and Cascade Mountains throughout western Oregon, chicken/grouse surveys as well as breeding bird transects throughout the vast & beautiful expanses of central North Dakota, and bushwhacked through the bogs and mixed woods of northern Wisconsin & northern Minnesota while conducting avian point counts. Throughout the past five fall seasons, Erik has been the count interpreter (hawk pointer-outer-guy) at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory. He recently joined the board of directors for the Duluth Audubon Society, and leads seasonal bird hikes as well as bird presentations via this local Audubon chapter. Through several years of taking bird pictures, Erik has created his own bird ID workshops that he offers to the public, with the Duluth Audubon Society, local nature-based organizations, and coming-soon at nation-wide birding festivals. Erik currently runs his own birding tour business out of Duluth. His year-round trips are available upon request at http://www.naturallyavian.com. Erik loves all birds, however he gets his bird-nerd on especially with the gulls, owls and diurnal raptors.

Posts by Erik Bruhnke:

Parasitic Jaeger

Pelagic Magic at Jaegerfest

Different varieties of birds hit the spot for different birders. There’s that excitement of warbler-watching along the woodlands and thickets during migration… the flurry of life and plethora of complex…

Parasitic Jaeger chasing a Long-tailed Jaeger. Photographed from Wisconsin Point - Superior, WI

The Thrill of Jaeger-watching

The spectrum of birding is vast and amazing. Depending on where we live, a select variety of birds can be found locally, and within certain travels of where we live….

Hoary Redpoll (female)

Amazing World of Redpolls

Redpolls are hardy little birds of the world’s northern tier. They breed in areas throughout the tundra where the short-growing willows speckle the landscape, during the refreshingly-cool (not dangerously-cold) summer…

Winter Finches ID Quiz (with answers)

I hope all of you enjoyed looking at the winter finch photo from earlier in this week! Below is the same photo, with the bird species pointed-out appropriately. Most of…

Winter Finches ID Quiz

Finches are spectacular.  Some finch species are highly nomadic, and are prone to massive irruptions throughout select regions of North America. Some finch species are local, year-round residents. There are…

Find the Owls – Answers!

Here is the same photo that was posted earlier this morning… this time with both owls pointed out. The small, brown Northern Saw-whet Owl is tucked away on the left…

Find the Northern Saw-whet Owl and the Boreal Owl

Find the Owls

Can you find the two owls in this photo? This photo was taken last month along the shoreline of Lake Superior in northern Minnesota. There is a Boreal Owl in…

Here is a Boreal Owl, tilting its head, and listening carefully for tiny-footed rodents scurrying within the snow beneath this bird

A Spectacle of Boreal Owls

Owls captivate our hearts and minds. Their flight feathers that have a soft, delicate leading-edge to muffle the sound of their wingbeats, they produce a haunting and beautiful series of…