Farewell Pineys

It’s a sad day in Crane Lake when the Pine Grosbeaks no longer come to the feeders to brighten my day.

Pine Grosbeak

Pine Grosbeak

It’s usually around March 15th that they head back up north for the summer. This year the last Pine Grosbeak that I saw was on Saturday the 13th. They’re pretty much right on schedule.
It’s amazing that here in Minnesota we get all these winter visitors. Birds that normally only occur up north in Canada winter in balmy Minnesota. I tried to put together a list, here goes:
  • Long-tailed Duck
  • Scoter, Surf, Black, White-winged
  • Rough-legged Hawk
  • Gyrfalcon
  • Golden Eagle
  • Iceland Gull
  • Gaucous Gull
  • Snowy Owl
  • Great-gray Owl
  • Northern Hawk Owl
  • Boreal Owl
  • Three-toed Woodpecker
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • Northern Shrike
  • Boreal Chickadee
  • Varied Thrush
  • Pine Grosbeak
  • Common Redpoll
  • Snow Bunting
  • Hoary Redpoll

Some of these birds are also rare residents in northern Minnesota in the summertime. I’ve probably forgotten a few, but still it’s a pretty impressive list.

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