Thursday, September 6, 2007

Driving trip through Sax Zim Wildlife Management Area

On our way back from the Vince Shute Bear Sanctuary we decided to take the back way on highway 7 through the Sax Zim bog. Normally this area is known for birding in the winter time for owls so this was the first time that we have seen it when it was not covered with snow. We had a long drive home ahead of us so we did not do a lot of exploring but we did see a few birds while driving through. The most common thing that we saw was the american kestrel. They where perched on many of the phone lines searching the bog for yummy bugs to eat.

We also spotted a yellow-shafted northern flicker, who flew from a ditch on the side of the road and landed on a telephone pole.From the holes it looks like he was not the first woodpecker to visit that pole. We also saw sparrows, goldfinch and an eagles nest, unfortunately the nest was too far away for us to determine if it had been active.

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