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MI & MN birding trip winter 2012

I took a fast-paced trip up to the winter birding havens of Sault Ste. Marie, MI and Duluth, MN with a couple of friends from TX. We stopped in IN on the way up for the Hooded Crane, then hit Lake Erie in OH for the long-staying Black-tailed Gull, and on the way home stopped in St. Louis for Eurasian Tree Sparrow.

We saw practically all of the target species we had a reasonable chance at and looked for. Both of my friends got a number of lifers, and I got the only 3 I had a chance at:

Black-tailed Gull (ABA bird, seen previously in South Korea)
Spruce Grouse
Hoary Redpoll

Other birds of interest on the trip included, and practically all photographed:

Trumpeter Swans
Long-tailed Ducks
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Hooded & Whooping Cranes
Northern Goshawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Glaucous, Thayer's, Iceland, Great Black-backed Gulls
Snowy, Northern Hawk, and Great Gray Owls
Black-backed Woodpecker
Northern Shrike
Gray Jay
Boreal Chickadee
Bohemian Waxwing
Snow Bunting
Pine Grosbeak
Red Crossbill
White-winged Crossbill
Common Redpoll
Evening Grosbeak
Eurasian Tree Sparrow

We had some incredible gulling one afternoon in Duluth at Canal Park, which will be included in a separate gallery.

The photos are arranged chronologically, as a running trip narrative.
Whooping Cranes
Whooping Cranes
Hooded Crane (with Sandhill Cranes)
Hooded Crane (with Sandhill Cranes)
Hooded Crane (with Sandhill Cranes)
Hooded Crane (with Sandhill Cranes)
Hooded Crane (with Sandhill Cranes)
Hooded Crane (with Sandhill Cranes)
American Tree Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
Black-tailed Gull
Black-tailed Gull
Black-tailed Gull
Black-tailed Gull
Black-tailed Gull
Black-tailed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Bohemian Waxwings
Bohemian Waxwings
Bohemian Waxwings
Bohemian Waxwings
Bohemian Waxwings
Bohemian Waxwings
Bohemian Waxwings
Bohemian Waxwings
Snow Buntings
Snow Buntings
Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll
Pine Grosbeak
Pine Grosbeak
Snow Buntings
Snow Buntings
Snow Buntings
Snow Buntings
Snow Buntings
Snow Buntings
Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
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IMG_1823
Red Crossbill
Red Crossbill
Red Crossbill
Red Crossbill
Evening Grosbeak
Evening Grosbeak
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IMG_1824
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Gray Jay
Gray Jay
Gray Jay
Gray Jay
Gray Jay
Gray Jay
Gray Jay
Gray Jay
Pine Grosbeak
Pine Grosbeak
Pine Grosbeak
Pine Grosbeak
White-winged Crossbill
White-winged Crossbill
White-winged Crossbill
White-winged Crossbill
White-winged Crossbill
White-winged Crossbill
White-winged Crossbill
White-winged Crossbill
Hoary Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
Common Redpolls
Common Redpolls
Hoary Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
Boreal Chickadee
Boreal Chickadee
Ruffed Grouse
Ruffed Grouse
Spruce Grouse
Spruce Grouse
Spruce Grouse
Spruce Grouse
Spruce Grouse
Spruce Grouse
Spruce Grouse
Spruce Grouse
Spruce Grouse
Spruce Grouse
Spruce Grouse
Spruce Grouse
Glaucous, Iceland, Thayer's & Herring Gulls
Glaucous, Iceland, Thayer's & Herring Gulls
Rough-legged Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Northern Shrike
Northern Shrike
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Black-backed Woodpecker
Black-backed Woodpecker
Black-backed Woodpecker
Black-backed Woodpecker
Rough-legged Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Northern Goshawk
Northern Goshawk
Northern Goshawk
Northern Goshawk
Pine Grosbeak
Pine Grosbeak
Pine Grosbeak
Pine Grosbeak
Hairy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pine Grosbeak
Pine Grosbeak
Red-breasted Nuthatch.
Red-breasted Nuthatch.
Pine Grosbeak
Pine Grosbeak
Pine Grosbeaks
Pine Grosbeaks
Pine Siskin
Pine Siskin
Pine Grosbeaks
Pine Grosbeaks
Redpoll.sp.
Redpoll.sp.
Hoary Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll
Red Squirrel
Red Squirrel
Rough-legged Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Northern Hawk Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Merlin
Merlin
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Eurasian Tree Sparrows
Eurasian Tree Sparrows
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Eurasian Tree Sparrowg
Eurasian Tree Sparrowg
House & Eurasian Tree Sparrows
House & Eurasian Tree Sparrows
Trumpeter Swans
Trumpeter Swans
Trumpeter Swans
Trumpeter Swans
Trumpeter Swans
Trumpeter Swans