Detour to Greaney

A couple of weekends ago, I headed over to Greaney, MN on my way to Nashwauk for a family get together. Greaney is located 9 miles west of Hwy 53 on Willow River Road, just south of Orr. I love taking the backroads that criss cross western St Louis County. I was acting on a lead that I had gotten from Tammy about Magpies. And I was not disappointed!

Black-billed Magpie

Black-billed Magpie

The minute I pulled up to Vi’s Store, there was a Magpie!
Magpie

Magpie

They were foraging in the grass – walking along and scaring up bugs – which promptly got eaten!
Black-billed Magpie

Black-billed Magpie

Then they flew up and crossed the road where they had a couple of young birds hidden in the bushes. The vocalizations the birds were making was very entertaining!
Magpies

Magpies

I counted 9 Magpies at this location.
Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

The habitat in western St Louis County is quite different than the Boreal forest that is closer to Crane Lake. Out in Greaney it’s almost prairie like. There are wet meadows mixed in with lowland Black Spruce bogs and also there is agricultural land that’s been cleared and mowed. There were lots of Clay-colored Sparrows, Sedge Wrens and Savannah Sparrows. I need to spend a lot more time out in that area, it could hold some real rarities like Le Conte’s Sparrow and Upland Sandpipers. Until next time…
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