Some birds found around our lodging include Gray Jays (AKA Whiskey Jacks), Spruce Grouse, Evening Grosbeaks, Northern Saw Whet and Boreal Owls, Boreal Chickadees, Thrushes, Vireos and a variety of warblers. For many years, a pair of Broad Winged Hawks have used the Little Ollie Road leading into our place as their own personal hunting reserve. During the warm season, Eagles soar over head and, if you're lucky, you'll see Ospreys diving into a lake for fish from high above. Of course, there is also the Common Loon with it's "lonesome call" found on many of the lakes of the area.
Further up the Gunflint Trail a few miles is the site of the Ham Lake fire of 2007. Venture into the burned over area and you are likely to catch a glimpse of two types of woodpeckers that increase in numbers after forest fires and have been present since the days immediately following the Ham Lake Fire. Look and listen for the Black-backed and Three-toed Woodpecker. They like to feast on the insects that multiply in burned trees.
The Superior National Forest, where the Gunflint Trail and our lodging are located, has been heralded by the American Birding Conservancy as one of 100 "Globally Important Birding Areas". According to the Conservancy, the Superior National Forest, with one hundred and fifty five breeds of birds, has the greatest number of breeding birds of any National Forest in the country. Adjoining our accommodations are the Lima Grade and Lima Mountain roads and their diverse boreal forest habitats of deciduous and conifer trees, lakes, streams and swamps are favorite viewing areas of many birders.
Check out the list of birds seen in the Gunflint Trail area, then make plans to come up and add to your Life List (and if you don't yet have a such a list, this is a perfect place to start one!)
To reserve you Day Trip or Day Trip with B&B stay call 800-322-8327 or local call 388-4487.
|Private Birding Day Tour||Self-Guided Birding Day Trips|
|Tour scheduled at your convenience with an experienced birding guide in your own vehicle.||Schedule at your convenience. We advise you where the best birding sites are located. Includes birding backpack containing area maps, binoculars and bird field guide book.|