In search of the great gray owl at the Sax Zim Bog

We spent a few days in northern Minnesota at the Sax Zim Bog in search of the elusive great gray owl that we missed on our last trip up there.  We struck out on the first day, but got some nice photos of a northern hawk owl, and saw our first northern shrike.  We were getting a little discouraged when we weren’t able to locate the owl during day two’s sunrise, but found the owl in the late morning hunting near the roadside.  We saw him two more times that day in the same area, and got some boreal chickadee photos as well.

A white-tailed deer in deep snow in the Sax Zim Bog.

A white-tailed deer in deep snow in the Sax Zim Bog.

The setting sun in the Sax Zim Bog.

The setting sun in the Sax Zim Bog.

A Great Gray Owl hunts along Admiral Road in the Sax Zim Bog.

A Great Gray Owl hunts along Admiral Road in the Sax Zim Bog.

A Great Gray Owl hunts along Admiral Road in the Sax Zim Bog.

A Great Gray Owl hunts along Admiral Road in the Sax Zim Bog.

Boreal Chickadees near the Admiral Rd. feeders in the Sax Zim Bog.

Boreal Chickadees near the Admiral Rd. feeders in the Sax Zim Bog.

A hawk owl near Owl Ave. in the Sax Zim Bog.

A hawk owl near Owl Ave. in the Sax Zim Bog.

A hawk owl near Owl Ave. in the Sax Zim Bog.

A hawk owl near Owl Ave. in the Sax Zim Bog.

A Great Gray Owl hunts along Admiral Road in the Sax Zim Bog.

A Great Gray Owl hunts along Admiral Road in the Sax Zim Bog.

A Great Gray Owl hunts along Admiral Road in the Sax Zim Bog.

A Great Gray Owl hunts along Admiral Road in the Sax Zim Bog.

A Great Gray Owl hunts along Admiral Road in the Sax Zim Bog.

A Great Gray Owl hunts along Admiral Road in the Sax Zim Bog.

A Great Gray Owl hunts along Admiral Road in the Sax Zim Bog.

A Great Gray Owl hunts along Admiral Road in the Sax Zim Bog.

A Gray Jay in the Sax Zim Bog.

A Gray Jay in the Sax Zim Bog.

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