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December - January
Sax-Zim Bog and Gunflint Trail: Gyrfalcon, snow bunting, spruce, ruffed grouse; barred, northern saw-whet, snowy, northern-hawk, great gray, boreal owls; Bohemian waxwing, northern shrike, boreal chickadee, pine and evening grosbeak, red and white-winged crossbills, common and hoary redpolls, three-toed and American black-backed woodpeckers.
Grand Marais & Duluth Harbors: Scoters, harlequin and long-tailed ducks, snowy owls, and Thayer's, Iceland and glaucous Gulls.
Rothsay Wildlife Management Area:. Co. Rd. 26 W from Rothsay to 300th Ave., drive north to the WMA.
Twin Cites Metro Area
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge: Gulls of several species, including rarities like Iceland Gull, Thayer's Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Glaucous Gull. Large concentrations of wintering waterfowl, including Common Merganser, Canada and Cackling Geese, and Goldeneye.
January - March
Great horned and eastern screech owl mating season January through mid-March.
East Central Minnesota
Monticello: Trumpeter Swans wintering.
Twin Cities Metro area (Black Dog Road in Burnsville), and southeast Mississippi River: Bald Eagles wintering.
Pool 8 of the Mississippi R. Migrating Tundra Swans. View from the two public roadside viewing areas on Hwy 26 south of Brownsville, (Houston Co.) MN. Also viewable from a pull-off along Hwy 35 in Vernon Co., WI, and possibly from Goose Island off Hwy 35 south of LaCrosse, WI.
February - April
Mid-March to mid-April. Migrating ducks, geese and swans.
Early April - Early May. Breeding season for Wild Turkey, Ring-necked Pheasant, Gray Partridge, Ruffed, Spruce & Sharp-tailed Grouse and Prairie Chicken.
Roseau Bog and Lost River State Forest: Possible Gyrfalcon, northern hawk-owl, snowy owl and winter finches.
Park Point in Duluth can be a shorebird hot spot in mid-April
Sax-Zim Bog and Along Co. Rds. 7 and 52 W, between Duluth and Virginia: Occasional great gray and northern hawk-owls during severe winters. Wintering northern goshawks, boreal, and northern saw-whet owls, gray jays and boreal chickadees.
Lake County, Co. Rd. 2, best place to see spruce grouse.
April - May
Migrating warblers. Peak songbird migration May 10-20. Migrating upland sandpipers, common loons, grebes, mergansers and ring-billed gulls, snow buntings. Nesting bald eagles & waterfowl migration. Gobbling, spitting, booming and strutting wild turkeys; drumming ruffed grouse; drumming and crowing ring-necked pheasants; dancing and booming prairie chickens; dancing and calling sharp-tailed grouse; mating displays of trumpeter swans and sandhill cranes.
Buffalo River State Park: dancing and booming greater prairie chickens. Off Hwy. 10, 11 miles E of Moorhead.
Chippewa Prairie: Dancing and booming greater prairie chickens. Off Hwy. 59, 2 mile S of Appleton.
Felton Prairie: Nesting chestnut-collared longspurs. Swainson's hawk, upland sandpiper, mabled gdwit, sdge wren, loggerhead shrike and several species of sparrows.
Mille Lacs Lake Area: common loons are abundant during spring migration, and Pacific and red-throated loons may be seen.
Rothsay Wildlife Management Area. Migrating flocks of sandhill cranes and Smith's and Lapland longspurs Co. Rd. 16 W from Rothsay to 300th Ave., drive north to the WMA.
Twin Valley Scientific and Natural Area: Dancing and calling sandhill cranes, dancing and booming greater prairie chickens. Twin Valley off Co. Rd. 24, west of Hwy. 32.
Tympanuchus Wildlife Management Area: Dancing and booming greater prairie chickens, whistling upland sandpipers; short-eared owls. Red fox and moose. Buffalo bean, blue gramma, alum root, blanket flower, dense blazing star, western prairie fringed orchid and cordgrass. About 3.5 miles south of Harold, near Hwy. 102.
Duluth Park Point: Shorebirds may turn up on the beach, and on the bay side of the point, and scotors (tough to find in MN) may be found in either the bay on the south side or the lake side. Foggy mornings in spring sometimes cause a buildup of migrating passerines on the point, waiting for better weather to cross the lake, and some mornings have 20+ warblers (including Mourning, Golden-winged, and Connecticut), and many other passerine birds: Loons, grebes, mergansers and gulls during the spring smelt run; Ring-billed Gulls nesting.
Greater Twin Cities Area
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge: Spring and Fall warbler migrations, nesting bald eagles and Cooper's hawks, prothonotary warbler, Virginia rail, least bittern, scarlet tanager, dickcissel, peregrine falcon. Migrant Birds: Over 20 species of wood-warblers, ducks.
Mid-April. Shorebirds. The western end of Lake Byllesby in southeast Minnesota for a wide variety of shorebird species. Purgatory Creek wetlands in Eden Prairie. In 2008r more than 20 species showed up there between April and June.
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge: Spring migration, over 20 species of warbler migrations, nesting bald eagles and Cooper's hawks, Prothonotary Warbler, Virginia Rail, Least Bittern, Scarlet Tanager, Dickcissel, Peregrine Falcon.
During the spring American woodcocks perform aerial mating displays over the fens north of the ball fields (across the railroad tracks) at the Fens Unit on the south side of Black dog Lake.
The State Park marshes east of the Cedar Avenue bridge on Black Dog Road has wood ducks, blue-winged and green-winged teal, great blue and little green herons, and great egrets. Nesting prothonotary warblers may be found at the Bass Ponds Unit. The Refuge contains several Units along the river from Fort Snelling to the town of Jordan. The Visitor Center is off 1-94 in Bloomington, where you can pick up maps of each area.
Horned Larks, Lapland Longspurs, Snow Buntings.
May - June
Oronoco: Captive elk calves being born, over 700 elk. 1/2 mile north of Oronoco on Hwy. 52.
May - August
Aggasiz National Wildlife Refuge. 61,500 acres with 280 species of birds, 49 mammals12 amphibians and 9 reptiles. Appoximately 25,000 breeding pairs of Franklin's gulls, redheads, canvasbacks, ruddy ducks, sandhill cranes, American bitterns, and eared and red-necked grebes. Approximately 17 species of ducks with 7,200 breeding pairs. Two wolf packs, moose. On Co. Rd. 7, 11 miles east of Holt.
Big Bog State Recreation Area. 300 bird species including Connecticut, mourning, gold-winged and Blackburnian warblers, boreal chickadees, great gray and short-eared owls, yellow rails, spruce and sharp-tailed grouse, and LeConte's and Neslon's sharp-tailed sparrow. On Hwy. 72, 9.5 miles north of Wakish.
Blazing Star Scientific and Natural Area: Threatened logger-head shrike, endangered chestnut-collared longspur, Sprague's pipit ad Baird's sparrow. Pasque flowers, and small white lady 's slippers. 5 miles SE of Felton,
Blue Stem Prairie Scientific Area: Upland sandpiper, marbled godwit, loggerhead shrike and greater prairie chicken. 3 miles from Glyndon.
Buffalo River State Park. Bobolinks, grassland sparrows, marbled godwits, upland sandpipers, Dakota skippers, powesheik and fritillary butterflies, jackrabbits and coyotes. Off Hwy. 10, 11 miles east of Moorhead.
Glendlough State Park. Common loons, nesting bald eagles, northern harriers, red-tailed hawks, eastern screech owls, red-headed woodpeckers, scarlet tanagers, white-tailed deer, beaver, red fox, coyotes and river otters. On Co. Rd. 16 about 3.5 miles NE of Battle Lake.
Lake of the Woods. 65,000 miles of shoreline and extensive marshland. Breeding bald eagles, American white pelicans, Wilson's phalarope, Franklin's gulls, double-crested cormorants, sandhill cranes, and Franklin's, black and common terns. Short-eared owls, Bonaparte's gulls, piping plover and other migrating shore birds. Black bears, gray wolves, coyotes, pine martens, fishers and moose.
Plover Prairie: Short-eared owls, loggerhead shrike and Wilsons' phalarope. 4 miles N of Bellingham.
Rothsay Wildlife Management Area. Gray partridge, greater prairie chickens, short-eared owls, Marbled Godwit, Prairie Falcon Co. Rd. 16 W from Rothsay to 300th Ave., drive north to the WMA . Migrating flocks of Sandhill Crane and Smith's and Lapland Longspurs.
Roseau Bog and Lost River State Forest: Nesting Wilson's Phalarope and Sharp-tailed Sparrow. Resident birds include Great Gray Owl, Black-backed Woodpecker, Gray Jay and Boreal Chickadee.
Tamarac Nationl Wildlife Area: Common loons, trumpeter swans, bald eagles, red-shouldered hawks, ovenbirds, scarlet tanagers, black-throated green, chestnut-sided and golden-winged warblers. Bobcats, badgers, river otters and mink. On Co. Rd. 26, 18 miles NE of Detroit Lakes.
Twin Valley Scientific and Natural Area: American bittern, Virginia rail, Wilson's Phalarope, marbled godwit and northern harrier. Twin Valley off Co. Rd. 24, west of Hwy. 32.
Itasca State Park
Duluth's Park Point: Migrating songbirds. Best on days with drizzle or fog when the warblers are grounded in May. Minnesota Avenue to Park Point.
Gunflint Trail. Boreal owls, bald eagles, common loons, read and white-winged crossbills, spruce grouse, black-backed and three-toed woodpeckers, redpolls, boreal chickadees, and at least 15 species of wood warblers. Moose, gray wolves, pine marten, black bears, Canada lynx and river otters. Co. Rd. 12 from Grand Marais to Sea Gull Lake.
Kimberley Wildlife Management Area. Sharp-tailed grouse. Aitkin
Lake Vermilion: In 2003 this area was home to 298 common loons, 18 breeding pairs of bald eagles, and 24 breeding pairs of osprey. American white pelicans, great blue herons. Black bears. North of Tower on Co. Rd. 1.
McGregor Marsh: Best place for yellow rails. McGregor
Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge: Breeding black terns and LeContes sparrows.
Sax-Zim Bog: Sharp-tailed grouse, Connecticut, olden-winged and pine warblers, yellow-bellied flycatchers, yellow rails, black-billed cuckoos, black-backed woodpeckers and best place for Le Conte's sparrows. Along Co. Rds. 7 and 52 W, between Duluth and Virginia.
Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary: Black bears, open Tuesday -Sunday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, 5PM to dusk. Co. Rd. 23, about 13 miles west of Hwy. 53, ear Orr.
North Central Minnesota
Voyageurs National Park: National Geographic's Traveler magazine called Voyageurs one of the 50 places in the world should see. Best explored by boat. Over 240 species of birds. Gray wolves, black bears, moose and Canada lynx. Off Hwy. 53 or 11, east of International Falls.
Suomi Hills Recreation Area: Ruffed grouse and American woodcock, warblers, great-horned, barred, long -eared and eastern screech-owls. Gray wolves, river otters and beavers. Hwy. 38, 13 miles N of Grand Rapids.
Itasca State Park, headwaters of the Mississippi River. 130 nesting bird species including common Loons, northern parula and Connecticut warblers, ruby-throated hummingbirds, gray jays, black-backed and pileated woodpeckers, Bohemian waxwings, evening grosbeaks. Gray wolves, river otters and black bears. Hwy. 71, 20 miles north of Park Rapids.
Long Lake, Kandiyohi County: One of the largest heron rookeries in Minnesota, 2,300 nests of cormorants, great egrets, cattle egrets, and great blue herons. Scan the lake along its north shore from County Road 27. From Willmar, take Hwy. 71 north and then turn left (west) onto County Road 27. The island is over a mile out into the lake, so consider putting a canoe in at the boat landing on County Road 27 or using a good spotting scope. Regardless of how close you may or may not get, the herons will be constantly on the move and easily seen flying to and from their foraging areas.
Lake Johanna in Pope County: A large heron rookery on the south end of the lake that provides nesting sites for great blue herons, cormorants, great egrets, and black-crowned night herons. Little blue herons and cattle egrets have bred here, too, the first recorded breeding sites for either species in Minnesota. The only real access is at the boat landing on the north end of the lake. Take Minnesota 104 south to County Road 8 and turn left (east). Go 0.9 mile and turn right onto a dirt road with a sign reading Public Water Access. The lake can't be adequately viewed from here, so put a canoe in for a remarkable birding experience. Even though you must stay a good distance away from the rookery, it is very exciting just to be a part of the general hubbub.
Egret Island on Pelican Lake, Grant County: Thousands of nesting great blue herons, black-crowned night herons, great egrets, and cormorants. A boat landing on the western shore provides good viewing, though the island is still a mile offshore. From I-94 take Minnesota 78 north 1.7 miles to the boat landing. Additional summer sightings in this area have included snowy egret, cattle egret (which may nest here), little blue heron, tricolored heron, and yellow-crowned night heron.
Lake Bemidji State Park. 200 bird species including black-backed woodpeckers, boreal chickadees, scarlet tanagers, brown creepers, veery, common loons, osprey, bald eagles, Nashville and chestnut -sided warblers. Porcupine, fishers, black bears. Pitcher plants, sundews, and lady's slippers orchids. Co. Rd. 20, 6 miles E of Alexandria.
Lake Osakis. 6000 acre 11 mile long on lake has the largest population of nesting western grebes in the state; nesting Forster's Terns; red-necked grebes, American white pelicans and Caspian terns. Co Rd. 27, 12 miles E of Alexandria.
Mille Lacs Lake. Indigo buntings, American redstarts, several species of forest songbirds. Two small islands near the south shore have breeding colonies of common terns. Hwy. 169 bordering the SW corner of Mille Lacs Lake.
Uppgaard Wildlife Management Area. Great crested flycatchers, broad-winged hawks, White-tailed deer, painted turtles, beavers, porcupines. Co. Rd. 16, between Cross Lake and Pequot Lakes.
Big Stone Lake Wildlife Refuge: American white pelicans, herons, egrets, grebes, waterfowl and shorebirds in the spring. Upland sandpipers and Henslow's sparrow breed here. Short-eared owls, gray partridge, hooded mergansers, loggerhead shrikes. Beavers and river otters. Co. Rd. 19 a half mile W of Odessa.
Blue Mounds State Park: The only place in Minnesota where a Brewer's sparrow has been seen. Other notable birds include broad-winged, Swainson's and rough-legged hawks, merlin, peregrine and prairie falcon; American avocet and several species of sandpipers. Occasional burrowing owl, Say's phoebe, and blue grosbeak. American bison. Co. Rd. 20, 5 miles north of Luverne.
Hole-in-the-Mountain Prairie: Bobolinks, vesper and clay-colored sparrows, dickcissels, Blanding's turtles and 25 species of butterflies including Dakota, ottoe and uncas skippers. Hwy. 75, 1.5 miles S of Lake Benton.
Lac Qui Parle Wildlife Management Area / State Park: 1700 breeding pairs of American white pelicans, the largest colony in North America. During spring migration look for Canada and snow geese, sandhill cranes, golden plovers, tundra swans. Greater prairie chickens, short-eared owls and marbled godwits. Ff Hwys. 59 and 7, about 5 miles NW of Watson.
Salt Lake Management Area: From mid to late April look for plovers, sandpipers, godwits, phalaropes, eared grebes and American avocets. In late April look for Smith's longspurs. 23 miles S of Marieta on Co. Rd. 7, then 1 mile N on gravel road.
Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park: Migrating ovenbirds, cerulean warblers, American redstarts. Pileated, red-bellied and red-headed woodpeckers, barred owls. Coyotes, Blanding's turtles and timber rattler snakes. Off Hwy. 16 between Spring Valley and Preston.
Frontenac StatePark: 261 species of birds including cuckoos, orchard orioles, eastern towhees. May is the best time to see the park's 32 species of warblers, and grasshopper, LeConte's white-throated, white-crowned, Harris' and Henslow's sparrows. Fox snakes, red foxes, beavers, coyotes, opossums, and nine species of frogs. Off Hwy. 61, 10 miles E of Red Wing.
Weaver Bottoms: Spring waterfowl migration. On Hwy. 61, 1.5 miles S of Weaver.
Whitewater Wildlife Management Area: 237 species of birds including red-shouldered hawk, Louisiana waterthrush. In spring and early summer look for cerulean and prothonotary warblers, in the winter watch for golden eagles. In April and May look for and listen to mating wild turkeys. 42 species of mammals. On Hwy. 74, between Elba and St. Charles.
Greater Twin Cities Area
Afton State Park: Field and savannah sparrows, eastern and western meadowlarks, indigo buntings, wood thrush, eastern bluebirds, Baltimore orioles, wild turkeys, scarlet tanagers and pileated woodpeckers. Warblers during migration. Deer, gray and red fox, coyotes. At Afton on Co. Rd. 20, 3 miles E of Hwy. 95.
Carlos Avery Game Refuge: Nesting bald eagles, trumpeter swans, sandhill cranes, belted kingfishers, American bitterns and green herons. Woodland and march songbirds and sparrows. Deer, coyotes, river otters, and occasional black bears. Take Co. Rd. 2 which turns into Co. Rd. 18, 8 miles W of Forest Lake.
Carver Park Reserve: Waterfowls, shorebirds, hummingbirds, nesting osprey pileated woodpeckers and trumpeter swans. Deer, raccoon. Co. Rd. 11 in Victoria.
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge: Spring and Fall warbler migrations, nesting bald eagles and Cooper's hawks, prothonotary warbler, Virginia rail, least bittern, scarlet tanager, dickcissel, peregrine falcon. Migrant Birds: Over 20 species of wood-warblers, ducks. Winter Birds: Gulls of several species, including Minnesota rarities like Iceland Gull, Thayer's Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Glaucous Gull. Large concentrations of wintering waterfowl, including Common Merganser, Snow Geese, and goldeneye. During the spring American woodcocks perform aerial mating displays on the ball fields at the Fens Unit on the south side of Black dog Lake. During fall migration the Long Lake Meadow area attracts ducks, geese and tundra swans; Black Dog Lake attracts ring -billed gulls, double-crested cormorants and occasional American white pelicans. Nesting prothonotary warblers may be found at the Bass Ponds Unit. The State Park marshes east of the Cedar Avenue bridge on Black Dog Road has wood ducks, blue-winged and green-winged teal, great blue and little green herons, great egrets; and in the fall American Wigeons and Northern Shovelers. The Refuge contains several Units along the river from Fort Snelling to the town of Jordan. The Visitor Center is off 1-94 in Bloomington, where you can pick up maps of each area.
Monticello: Wintering trumpeter swans. Off Co. Rd. 39 on Mississippi Drive.
Pigs Eye Lake, St. Paul: This may be the only rookery of yellow-crowned night herons in Minnesota as well as the largest colony of black-crowned night herons. Nesting cormorants, great blue herons, and great egrets.
Rice Creek West Regional Trail: Prairie Warbler, Yellow-throated warbler, and Louisiana waterthrush. Nesting Cooper's hawk, broad-winged hawk, great-crested flycatcher, American redstart, and yellow-throated vireo. Anoka County Parks system. One of the best spots to find Connecticut warblers during migration. During spring and fall migration you may see up to twenty species of warbler.
Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge: Nesting bald eagles, wild turkeys, lark sparrows, northern harriers, sandhill cranes, eastern bluebirds, indigo buntings, scarlet tanagers; migrating double -crested cormorants; wintering rough-legged hawks. Tiger and blue spotted salamanders, Blanding's turtles, gopher snakes, river otters, beavers, foxes and coyotes. Abundant prairie and wetland wildlflowers. Off Hwy. 169 on Co. Rd. 9 N of Zimmerman.
University of Minnesota Raptor Center: The center treats more than 800 eagles, hawks, owls and falcons a year. Those that cannot be returned to the wild are on display at the center. 1920 Fitch Ave. University of Minnesota, St. Paul.
Wildlife Science Center: Over 30 gray wolves, red wolves, gray and redo fox, black bear, Canadian lynx, hawks and falcons. Behind the headquarters building of Carlos Avery Game Refuge on Co. Rd. 18. Take Co. Rd. 2 which turns into Co. Rd. 18, 8 miles W of Forest Lake.
Wood Lake Nature Center: Nesting yellow-headed blackbirds, Forester's terns, and common yellowthroats. Migrating spring songbirds; up to 20 warbler species per day. Deer, fox, woodchuck. Lakeshore Drive off 66th St., Richfield.
May - October
International Wolf Center: Ely, open daily May - October, weekends the rest of the year. Hwy. 169 on the eastern edge of Ely.
August - October
Duluth's Park Point: Migrating sparrows, finches, blackbirds, jays, ravens, crows, waxwings, warblers, Minnesota Avenue to Park Point. This is one of the best places in Minnesota to find red-throated loons.
Duluth's Park Canal: Migrating ducks, common and red-necked loons, gulls, jaegers and terns. Lake Street S to the Park, check at all observation areas.
Duluth's Hawk Ridge: Northern goshawk, broad-winged, red-tailed, sharp-shinned and Cooper's hawks, gyrfalcon, peregrine, osprey, northern saw-whet owl migrating Sept. 14 - Oct 25. 1 mile E of Glenwood Trail on Skyline Parkway. Golden Eagle late fall migration.
Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area. Wild elk bugling. Just north of Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge.
Oronoco: Captive elk bugling, over 700 elk, including 200+ antlered bulls scoring over 300 points. 1/2 mile north of Oronoco on Hwy. 52.
October - November
North Shore: Migrating three-toed woodpecker.
East-central Minnesota, and western Wisconsin.
Rice Lake National Wildlife refuge. 300,000 ring-necked ducks stop here in the fall. On Hwy. 65 , 5 miles S of McGregor.
Crex Meadows, Grantsburg, Wisconsin. Sandhill crane migration. Follow the yellow geese on the road, or the signs leading north through Grantsburg.
Greater Twin Cities Area
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Area: The State Park marshes east of the Cedar Avenue bridge on Black Dog Road have fall migratory American wigeons and northern shovelers. During fall migration the Long Lake Meadow area attracts ducks, geese and tundra swans; Black Dog Lake attracts ring-billed gulls, double-crested cormorants and occasional American white pelicans. The Visitor Center is off 1-94 in Bloomington, where you can pick up maps of each area.
Weaver Bottoms: Migrating tundra swans. Hwy. 61, 1.5 miles south of Weaver. Some of the best places are between Pools 4 and 8.
Alma Wisconsin: View migrating tundra swans at the platform at Rieck's Lake Park just north of Alma, Wisconsin on highway 35. 9 a.m. to dusk through November 23
Mid-November - late February
Monticello: Thousands of the once-endangered trumpeter swans wintering on the Mississippi River. Off Co. Rd. 39 on Mississippi Drive.
Greater Twin Cities Area
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Area: Gulls of several species, including Minnesota rarities like Iceland, Thayer's, great black-backed and glaucous gulls. Large concentrations of wintering waterfowl, including common merganser, geese, and goldeneye.
Wintering bald eagles and ducks. Hwy. 61 between Red Wing and Wabasha.
Fall - Winter
Statewide: Purple Finch, Pine Siskin, Red-breasted Nuthatch.
Duluth Harbor: Gyrfalcon
Moonlight Owl Mating and Hooting: Nighttime walks (from three days before to three days after the full moon each month, particularly from February to April) to listen to the distinctive hooting of the owls. Eastern screech, great horned, barred, long-eared, short-eared, northern saw-whet owls.
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