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Pelagic Magic at Jaegerfest

Erik Bruhnke|

Parasitic Jaeger

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 call notes and call notes. In the spring and summer, these birds wow us with their plumage, and in the fall they seem to migrate by while on a long-distance …


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The Thrill of Jaeger-watching

Erik Bruhnke|

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

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. Right now birds are migrating in full-force. The colorful flurry of warblers have molted into drab plumage, which helps them stay camouflaged during the fall and winter months. Common Nighthawks …


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Amazing World of Redpolls

Erik Bruhnke|

Hoary Redpoll (female)

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 months. Throughout the winter months, many of them head southward in search of food, often clinging to the largest expanses of alder and birch for their supply of catkins to …


Winter Finches ID Quiz (with answers)

Erik Bruhnke|

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 the finches in this photo are Red Crossbills. The male Red Crossbills host a tomato-red coloration throughout their heads, upper backside, and the entire throat and underbelly. Their wings are …


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Winter Finches ID Quiz

Erik Bruhnke|

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 some finch species which look the same all year long, and there are other finch species that undergo stunning transformations of immaculately-colored feathers, which replace their drabber winter plumage. The …


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Find the Owls – Answers!

Erik Bruhnke|

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 side of the picture, whereas the Boreal Owl is sleeping away on the right. Kudos to everyone that spotted these owls. I am thankful and very privileged to live in such a …


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Find the Owls

Erik Bruhnke|

Find the Northern Saw-whet Owl and the Boreal Owl

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 this photo as well as a Northern Saw-whet Owl.  Click the image for a larger view of this photo. The answer is posted here. Have fun!


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A Spectacle of Boreal Owls

Erik Bruhnke|

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

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 calls, and have a hypnotic beauty that draws birders of all skill levels; from the beginning nature-lover, to the most-avid birder. Owls come in a variety of shapes and sizes, …