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Report your sightings to TRMichels@yahoo.com - or contact us if you are interested in a Birding Tour in Minnesota or western Wisconsin.

We have access to 17different Bald Eagle nests in SE Minnesota, for viewing or Photography

2011

October 1, 2011 Mature Bald Eagle souring over Milwaukee, north side, near Green Tree and Green Bay Ave. 2:55 pm. I haven't seen one since Alaska

 

September 8, 2011 I want to report the sighting of swans. On Sept. 8, I saw two adult swans with four juveniles. The chicks were about half the size of the adults and grey. I don't know if they could fly.
They were swimming in Bug Creek which is in St. Louis County, north of Orr and north of Elephant Lake off forest road 493 (sheep ranch road), Camp Five Township.

We have seen many swans in the last few years but these are the first chicks...Trumpter or Tundra, I do not know which they are...
Ted S. Luoma

We offer Birding Tours to see all of these birds. $20 per person, per half day, 4 person minimum. Photography Tours, $50 per person, per half day.

Tundra Swans, by T.R. Michels

November is the best time to see migrating Tundra Swans along the Mississippi River in southeast Minnesota. Mid-January through early March is also a great time to view wintering Trumpeter Swans and Bald and Golden Eagles, in east central Minnesota. We will be offering tours and photography trips most weekends in November for Tundra Swans, and from mid-January all the way into March for Bald Eagles, Trumpeter Swans and other wintering and vagrant birds such as Golden Eagles; Snowy, Great Gray, Northern Saw-Whet, Boreal, Barred and Short-eared Owls.

Tundra Swan

Between November of 2006 and March 2007 of we saw fewer bald eagles between Red Wing and Wabasha, Minnesota than in other years, due to a mild winter, which left lots of open water for the eagles to fish in other parts of the country. But, there were several sightings of golden eagles in the area, and they seem to be becoming more frequent in the winter in this area. There were also sightings of snowy owls and gyrfalcons in southeast Minnesota.

T.R. Michels Photo

As an aside, between November and mid-March, 2007, we saw more bald eagles regularly, at closer ranges, and got better photos in Minneapolis / St. Paul than we did in southeast Minnesota. We regularly saw 6-13 eagles per day, including a one year old and a 3 year old. And we often got decent photos of them. The above photos were taken with a Canon PowerShot S3 IS, which has a 430mm lens - so you can see that the birds were often within 50 yards of the vehicle.

From November through mid-March of 2007 we regularly saw 6-13 bald eagles and a variety of waterfowl in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

From November through March we saw up to 1,500 wintering Trumpeter Swans near Monticello, MN; at ranges as close as 30 yards. In Mid-March I photographed and videoed trumpeter swans flying, feeding and for the experience of a lifetime - saw mating displays and breeding behavior.

Unfortunately we missed the spring Tundra Swan migration, which normally occurs between late February and early March. However, between late October and mid-March there were up to 1,500 wintering Trumpeter Swans in the area,

We also saw Hooded Merganser and Mallard mating displays.

 

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Bald Eagle, by T.R. Michels

As of late March we have four different bald eagle nesting sites with birds nesting, two of these are within 300 yards of where we can get photos, and I expect by late April we will be able to photograph bald eagle nestlings and their parents feeding them.

Contact us if you want to join us on a bald eagle viewing or photography tour of these magnificent birds.

 

Trumpeter Swans, by T.R. Michels

 

We've seen dozens of nesting trumpeter swans in several different locations of eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We will be viewing and photographing trumpeter swans all summer and fall. Contact us if you are interested in joining us on a swan viewing or photography tour.

 If you would like to join us e-mail us at TRMichels@yahoo.com. $30 per person; two person minimum.

 

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T.R. Michels is a nationally recognized wildlife researcher and naturalist, who has spent several years roaming the woodlands, meadows and wetlands of west-central and southeastern Minnesota, and several state and national parks. He is an avid birdwatcher, wild flower enthusiast and outdoor photographer. In his efforts to better understand the big game animals of Minnesota he researched the daily and seasonal activities of white-tailed deer from 1994 to 2001, wild turkeys from 1997 to 2003, and North American elk from 2001 to 2004. View T.R. Michels Outdoor Photography.

T.R.'s passion for the outdoors, and his willingness to share their knowledge of the birds, animals, flowers and plants of North America; has made him one of the top naturalists and outdoor speakers in the country.

T.R.'s daughter Tawnya has been his assistant in all of his studies since 1996, with the result that she knows as much about the animals and birds as he does. Her bubbly personality makes her ideal as a tour guide. In addition Tawnya is an accomplished outdoor photographer. View Tawnya Michels Outdoor Photography.

Why not join T.R. and Tawnya Michels for a Natural History Eco-Tour your, your friends or your whole family will enjoy? 

 

 

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View and listen to the Birds of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

View the Mammals of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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