Minnesota’s North Shore is a hot spot for many species of birds throughout the year. Whether you’re in the forest or strolling along Lake Superior’s shore at Larsmont Cottages, keep your eyes to the sky! Spring and Autumn are the best times to see the most varieties of birds as the migrations take place. The weather patterns and sheer size of Lake Superior funnel the migrating birds along the North Shore at these times. However, the seemingly ice resistant waters of Lake Superior attract gulls and other rare water birds long into the winter.
A great place to look for hawks is Hawks Ridge, which is located in Duluth, MN. Several weekends in the fall are filled with special events. For more information, visit www.hawkridge.org.
Birds to Look for on Minnesota’s North Shore
Common Loons, Broad-winged Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, American Woodcock, Ring-billed Gull, Caspian Tern, Common Tern, Snowy Owl, Northern Sawwhet Owl, Bohemian Waxwing, Pine Grosbeak, Sage Thrasher, Long-eared Owl, Townsends Solitare, Black-backed Woodpecker, Pacific Loon.
Over the last 6 years, participants in the Fall Migration Birding Festival have seen over 137 species.
The Boreal Owl photograph, featured above, was taken just 10 minutes south of Larsmont Cottages by area tour guide Erik Bruhnke of Naturally Avian.
Keep an eye out for some of Mother Nature’s other wildlife – from deer, black bear, wolves, coyotes, beavers, otters, chipmunks, squirrels, and the occasional moose.