zjrj5 at yahoo.com
Tue Feb 3 21:18:34 EST 2009
My ornithology class and I made a trip to the Soo this past weekend. We found many of the birds that have been present for most of the winter. Snowy owls (3) were seen with ease. Two were located within 150yds of each other on Hanz Rd. The Hawk owl was located at its location on the corner of McCabe and M-48. Some very irresponsible birders were also present here. Armed with their 3 foot long lenses (not really an exaggeration) they march closer and closer (within 30 ft) and proceeded to whistle, hoot, and clap their hands at the bird in order to get good pictures. Please refrain from such behavior and use some common sense when viewing these wonderful birds. We were not able to locate any other owls, northern shrike, or sharp-tailed grouse. Bald eagles were present all weekend, especially near the ferry to Sugar Island. We had close to 9 this weekend.
Other birds included:
These were located at the feeders of the house on the corner of 9 mile and Nicolette.
There was another house and I cant remember the road, but it was either 13 or 11 mile, whichever one deadends to the west, but there were plenty of birds at the feeders here. The owner was nice enough to provide an update (to the day) of birds seen at the feeders. Here we found many great birds including Hoary Redpolls. I would highly recommend this location for finches and other assorted small birds. He mentioned that a Northern Shrike hangs around here hunting these birds. This is the same road that the Great Gray Owl was reported a while back. Treat the property with respect. This man provides lots of food for the birds and viewing opportunities for us and it was greatly appreciated!
Other species located around the area:
Waterfowl were abundant in the Soo where there was open water. The best area by far was where the ferry is located.
Waterfowl species included:
American Black Ducks
Hybrid of the two
I hope this helps anyone deciding to take a trip to the north. Good luck!!
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