Sax Zim Bog Birding Festival

This past weekend I attended the 3rd Annual SAX ZIM Birding Festival at Meadowlands, MN. What a riot! The camaraderie of getting a bunch of birders together at a venue of this sort is a kick. I met a lot of new people and got to meet up with fellow bloggers HASTY BROOK and NATURE KNITTER. Hi Ann and Karen and Sara, it was fun meeting and birding with you. And my sister-in-law, Sandy you are the greatest, thanks for getting me motivated. Sandy R. you are a gracious host, Thanks for letting us use your feeders as props for the photography workshop. And all the great trip leaders you are awesome, and especially Thanks to MIKE HENDRICKSON for organizing a festival of this magnitude. It has to be the only birding festival that takes place in the frigid cold of winter in a remote northern bog. Can you imagine? Maybe only birders can truly appreciate the wonderful birds that thrive in an inhospitable winter landscape like this where daytime temperatures hover around zero and frequently go below zero, especially when adding in wind chill.

The photo workshop that I attended on Saturday was led by Sparky Stensaas and Shawn Zierman, two excellent photographers from northern Minnesota. I have so much to learn. We went to a private feeding station and the conditions were perfect for taking some decent photos.

Pine Grosbeak

Pine Grosbeak

 

Pine Grosbeak, female

Pine Grosbeak, female

 

Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin

 

Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin

Here you can see the prop that we were using. The red dogwood branch is stuck in the feeder hole.

Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin

another prop…

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

I can’t decide which photo I like better…

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch

 

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

 

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

I ended off the day on Saturday by taking a “self-guided” trip. I missed the bus for the evening Great-gray Owl search, so I went off on my own to a spot where I’d heard a Great-gray had been sited the night before. On my way there, I was tearing up the pavement on Hwy 7 trying to reach my destination before it got too dark. As I was traveling along at a rather high rate of speed, I was also scanning the trees and surrounding landscape for Owls. Then I saw something different – What!!! On go the brakes and I quickly checked the mirrors for other cars and did a u-turn. Yes it was what I thought, it was a ……

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4 Responses to Sax Zim Bog Birding Festival

  1. Finally meeting you was a highlight of the trip for me. Now I can add you to my Blogger Life List!! That group up there in Meadowlands really turns on the hospitality don’t they? I’m sure I’ll be up there again next year. I really enjoy the festival. I think I’d like to try that photography workshop next year.

    • Vacation says:

      It was a great time, and so nice to meet you too! I really enjoy your blog over at Hasty Brook, but I can’t figure out how to leave comments. It must be this goofy Word Press software that I use – I’m not too impressed with Word Press. Have you ever been to the Detroit Lakes Bird Fest? I’ve got to get over to Felton Prairie again – it’s cool!

  2. I think you have to do a quick registation with google to leave a comment. I had to disallow anonymous comments because of spammers.

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