August 1 - 9, 2013
August 1, 2013 Th
Drive from Minneapolis airport to Rice lake NWR and McGregor Marsh (with provisioning at Aldi in Blaine). Via Pallisade (Mississippi crossing) to route 5 and Willowsippi (at 5 and 18) [Sharp-tailed Grouse] ,"Pietz road", Moose Willow WMA (night there).
August 2, 2013 Fr
2 am rise and drive to McGregor Marsh (3-4:30am) drive to route 7 in Sax-Zim Bog via Medowlands, Admiral Road, McDavitt road, Kelsey Hayfields, to Cotton (gas, coffee), via Nichols Lake Rd to Meadowlands CR29 to Owl Ave back to 7 and going north via Forbes and east on 16 to Fairbanks and 15 to junction with 2. Stony River Road to Whyte Road. Night on Whyte Road (dusk and night exploration along Whyte Rd.).
August 3, 2013 Sat
Whyte Road exploring early morning [37oF] . Via Snake Trail (102) to Isabella. Drice via Finnland (route 1) to Lake Shore and stop at vista point in Siver Bay. Split Rock Lighthouse SP, Stoney Point. Via Duluth on 53 back to Cotton. on Arkola Rd to Kelsey Hayfield and up on Admiral Road and down on McDavitt road - night there.
August 4, 2013 Sun
Mac Davitt Road dawn [34oF] (meeting Ben), route 7, Dart Road Hayfield, Owl Ave.. Via Meadowlands (Hummingbird Haven) via 29 to Floodwood, 200 to Hill City, Aitkin, Brainerd to North Long Lake (no RT Grebes) to Edwards Lake (2 disttant RT Grebes, and 4 Trumpeter Swans on Guida Lake). Back to Brainard, 371 south to 10 south to Monticello, 52 to Minneapolis to airport. Taxi to Hilton.
1040 miles driven, car cost: rental $457 [incl. CDW] Ford Edge [sStandard size sport/utility], 45.2 gal gas burned = $163, other cost: food $37.37, State Park entrance $9 , no hotel cost (slept in car).
Added 18 birds to the year list and ONE to the life list, added 123 to my new Minnesota list
map: C. Lippincott 1995
Aitkin County: day (and night) 1
The "mighty" Mississippi at Palisade (Aitkin Co) - I crossed that river many, many times .
Rice Lake (full of Yellow Rails - I am sure)
Willowsippi (clsoe to this spot I flushed my life Sharp-tailed Grouse
Photo of my smart phone in a not so smart location: near wolf scat!
Beaver at Moose Willow WMA doing its thing
Sax-Zim Bog: day 2 (and 3 and 4)
typical view of an Upland Sandpiper
really distant LeConte Sparrow (believe me!)
Far from NewEngland: the un-aptly named Connecticut Warbler at the Friends Site along Owl Lane
nothing special but pretty: Northern Flicker, Roger Peterson's favorite bird
Whyte Road in Superior National Forest: day 2 and 3
river bog near Fairbanks, MN
Wilson Snipe: parading along the forest road at dusk
Solitary (!) Sandpiper
Lake Superior: day 3
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
De Ligttoermwaerder un sin fru (Swedish though)
Screw you guys, I am going home!
Lake Gull (Herring Gull aka Smithsonian Gull
Ninebark Physocarpus opulifolium, Rosaceae
Way back to Minneapolis
seen in Brainerd, guess what buisiness that is ...
Trumpeter Swans near Brainerd
"This is the “Music Wall” mural on the side of the old Schmitt Music building in downtown Minneapolis. Like other American cities of the 1970s, citizens and business owners in Minneapolis were concerned about beautifying the older downtown buildings. Schmitt hired the repair of the old bricks and bricked up 32 exterior windows. He asked a company employee to choose notes from a musical score that could be painted as a mural over the enormous facade. The employee searched through the store’s sheet music and came up with the most graphically attractive piece of music she could find, Maurice Ravel’s “Gaspard de la Nuit.” Pianist Van Cliburn posed playing a Steinway concert grand piano in front of the mural for a now famous photograph, which attracted the attention of national newspapers. Schmitt’s has since vacated the building, and it is now the sales office for the Nicollet on the Mall luxury condo project, but the famous mural remains - an informal downtown Minneapolis landmark." Pasted from <http://classicalliterature.tumblr.com/post/7768789481/this-is-the-music-wall-mural-on-the-side-of-the>
Friendly racoon and less friendly goose in a park in downtown Minneapolis (photo Marjolein Schat, Aug.7, 2013)
Mississippi bluff grassland
Enormous Bromus inermis (pun stolen from Kim)
Artemisia campestris at the mill ruins
Leatherwings (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus) on Centaurea stoebe
Man-made waterfall at the Mississippi
Immature Hooded Mergansers on the Mississippi