Thursday, January 24, 2008

Heading to the UP tomorrow

Tomorrow I am headed up to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. I am leading a group composed of folks from the Columbus Avid birders on a quest to see what good birds we can wring out of the landscape of the Soo.

Now, in a normal winter, you wouldn't use a phrase like "wring out" when referring to birding the Soo, but this winter has been one of the least birdiest in a while. Still, we're going. We don't expect any owls or good raptors, but I think we have a good chance for Hoary Redpoll, Bohemian Waxwing, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Gray Jaw, and Boreal Chickadee, our main target birds. And the thing about birding the UP is that you never know what you're going to find.

As a consolation prize for no owls, we're stopping in Midland, Michigan, on the way up to see a Varied Thrush that's at some feeders now.

I'll post a trip report when I get back on Tuesday.

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