Big Bog


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Birds at Big Bog State Recreation Area (SRA) in Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).

STATE RECREATION AREA BIRDS Sp S F W CHICKADEES, TITMICE DATE STATE RECREATION AREA BIRDS Sp S F W FINCHES Black-capped Chickadee C Boreal Chickadee O C C C O O NUTHATCHES DATE STATE RECREATION AREA BIRDS Sp S F W WARBLERS Evening Grosbeak U Pine Grosbeak O Purple Finch C O U U U Ovenbird C O U Northern Waterthrush U C U Golden-winged Warbler O O O C C U Red-breasted Nuthatch C C C C Common Redpoll U U C Black-and-white Warbler C White-breasted Nuthatch U U U U Red Crossbill U U U Tennessee Warbler U U White-winged Crossbill U U U Orange-crowned Warbler U U Pine Siskin U U U Nashville Warbler C U Conneticut Warbler U U U Mourning Warbler U U U Common Yellowthroat C C C American Redstart C C C Cape May Warbler O O C Northern Parula U U Magnolia Warbler U CREEPERS Brown Creeper U O U O WRENS American Goldfinch C C C House Wren U U U Winter Wren U U U Laplund Longspur U U Sedge Wren U U U Snow Bunting U U Marsh Wren R R R LONGSPURS, SNOW BUNTINGS Golden-crowned Kinglet C Ruby-crowned Kinglet C U U TOWHEES, SPARROWS KINGLETS C C C Fox Sparrow C C C American Tree Sparrow C C O Bay-breasted Warbler O O O Dark-eyed Junco C C O Blackburnian Warbler U U U U Yellow Warbler C C C U U U U Eastern Bluebird U U U White-crowned Sparrow U Veery C C C White-throated Sparrow C C C Chestnut-sided Warbler U Swainson’s Thrush U O U LeConte's Sparrow U U U Palm Warbler U Hermit Thrush U U U Savannah Sparrow U U U Pine Warbler U American Robin C C C Song Sparrow C C C Yellow-rumped Warbler C Lincoln’s Sparrow C C C Black-throated Green Warbler U U U Swamp Sparrow C C C Canada Warbler U U U Wilson’s Warbler U THRASHERS, MOCKINGBIRDS Gray Catbird C C C Brown Thrasher U U U BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES STARLINGS European Starling U U U Yellow-headed Blackbird U Bobolink O Western Meadowlark O O Baltimore Oriole U U U C Red-winged Blackbird C C C Brown-headed Cowbird C C C Rusty Blackbird U Brewer's Blackbird U U U Common Grackle C C C U WAXWINGS Bohemian Waxwing O O Cedar Waxwing C C C OLD WORLD SPARROWS House Sparrow R R R PIPITS American Pipit U U U O U U U U C U TANAGERS, CARDINALS, GROSBEAKS Rose-breasted Grosbeak C BIG BOG STATE RECREATION AREA C C O BIRD CHECKLIST C Chipping Sparrow THRUSHES DATE C C Checklist created by Robert B. Janssen, Jerry Bonkoski and MNDNR. Data was gathered from MNDNR staff observations, public observations and Minnesota Ornithologist’s Union records. Nomenclature and organization of checklist based off of the Check-list of North American Birds (7th edition) as currently supplemented. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Trails, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4039. Phone: 651-259-5600. The Minnesota DNR prohibits discrimination in its programs and services based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, public assistance status, age, sexual orientation or disability. Persons with disabilities may request reasonable modifications to access or participate in DNR programs and services by contacting the DNR ADA Title II Coordinator at or 651-259-5488. Discrimination inquiries should be sent to Minnesota DNR, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4049; or Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C. Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20240. © 2019, State of Minnesota, DNR Birding at Big Bog State Recreation Area The Audubon Society has designated Big Bog as an Important Birding Area. The park’s diverse habitat includes wetlands, shoreline and woodlands that make it a great birding destination year-round. STATE RECREATION AREA BIRDS Sp S F W DATE STATE RECREATION AREA BIRDS Sp S F W Snow Goose O O Rock Pigeon O O O Cackling Goose U U Mourning Dove U Canada Goose C Trumpeter Swan C C Tundra Swan U U Wood Duck C C C Blue-winged Teal C C C Northern Shoveler U O U Yellow Rail R R R Gadwall R R Virginia Rail U U U Canvasback U U Sora U U U Redhead U U American Coot C C C American Wigeon U U Mallard C American Black Duck U U PLOVERS Northern Pintail O O Killdeer Green-winged Teal U O U Ring-necked Duck U U U Upland Sandpiper Abundance C - Common (Present, relatively easy to find) U - Uncommon (Present, not certain to be seen) O - Occasional (Infrequent, may not return each year) R - Rare (Observed at least once, may not return) Greater Scaup U U Red Knot Lesser Scaup U U Least Sandpiper White-winged Scoter R R Semipalmated Sandpiper Bufflehead U U American Woodcock U Date: Enter the date you saw the bird. Common Goldeneye C C C Wilson's Snipe Hooded Merganser U U U Red-breasted Merganser O O Ruddy Duck R R Visit the world famous Red Lake Peatlands! Walk along the mile-long bog boardwalk to hear and see gray jays, golden-crowned kinglets, veeries, alder flycatchers, common yellowthroat warblers, Connecticut warblers and sandhill cranes. Search for wading shorebirds along the water's edge and climb the fire tower to find birds throughout the tree canopy. A winter favorite is to look for great grey, snowy and northern hawk owls at the north unit. Key Occurrence Sp - Spring (Mar—May) S - Summer (Jun—Jul) F - Fall (Aug—Nov) W - Winter (Dec—Feb) Bird Identification Tips When you observe a bird, make note of at least three characteristics. Location: Where did you see the bird? (water, forest, feeder, lower branch, tree trunk, etc.) Body size and shape: Compare to a known bird. (smaller than a...bigger than a...plump like a...slender like a...) Look at tail, legs and bill. (long, short, thick, thin, curved, straight) Colors and markings: Look on wings, tail, back, belly, rump and head. (stripe above eye, white spot on tail, etc.) Sounds and movements: How do they act and sound? (travel alone or in groups, in-flight wing position - soaring, flapping, flap and glide, etc.) C C O U NIGHTJARS C Common Nighthawk U O U C R C RAILS, GALLINULES, COOTS DATE STATE RECREATION AREA BIRDS Sp S F W WOODPECKERS U U U PELICANS U U U BITTERNS, HERONS, EGRETS, NIGHT-HERONS Yellow-bellied Sapsucker C C C Black-backed Woodpecker R R R Downy Woodpecker C C C C Hairy Woodpecker C C C C American Bittern U U U Northern Flicker C C C Great Blue Heron U U U Pileated Woodpecker U U U Great Egret O American Kestrel U U U Merlin U U U Great Crested Flycatcher C C C Eastern Kingbird U U U R Olive-sided Flycatcher U U U NEW WORLD VULTURES Turkey Vulture C C C U U U FLYCATCHERS OSPREY Osprey R Northern Harrier U U U Eastern Wood-pewee U U U Sharp-shinned Hawk U U U Yellow-bellied Flycatcher U U U Cooper's Hawk R R R Alder Flycatcher O O O R Northern Goshawk O O O Least Flycatcher C C C O Bald Eagle U U U Eastern Phoebe C C C U Broad-winged Hawk U U U O Red-tailed Hawk U U U U U Rough-legged Hawk U U U Spotted Sandpiper C C C Great Horned Owl U Greater Yellowlegs U U Snowy Owl U U Northern Hawk Owl O O O U Barred Owl O O O C C C SANDPIPERS AND ALLIES R U GULLS, TERNS Bonaparte's Gull U U FALCONS O Golden Eagle Sandhill Crane PARTRIDGE, PHEASANTS, GROUSE, TURKEYS F W KITES, HAWKS, EAGLES CRANES C Double-crested Cormorant American White Pelican HUMMINGBIRDS Ruby-throated Hummingbird STATE RECREATION AREA BIRDS Sp S CORMORANTS PIGEONS, DOVES GEESE, SWANS, DUCKS DATE U SHRIKES Northern Shrike U TYPICAL OWLS U U VIREOS Yellow-throated Vireo U U U Blue-headed Vireo U U U U Philadelphia Vireo O U Warbling Vireo U U U O O O O Red-eyed Vireo C C C U U JAYS, MAGPIES, CROWS, RAVENS C C C C Ring-billed Gull C C C Great Gray Owl Spruce Grouse C C C C Herring Gull C C C Long-eared Owl R R Gray Jay O O O O Sharp-tailed Grouse U U U U Caspian Tern U U Short-eared Owl R R Blue Jay C Black Tern R R Boreal Owl C U Black-billed Magpie O O O O U Common Tern O O O American Crow C C C C Forster's Tern R Common Raven C C C C Bank Swallow U U U Tree Swallow C C C Barn Swallow C C C Cliff Swallow C C C Pied-billed Grebe U U Horned Grebe U U Red-necked Grebe U U Eared Grebe R R R Belted Kingfisher U U U U C C MARTINS, SWALLOWS LOONS Common Loon KINGFISHERS U O Ruffed Grouse GREBES O U C C C C DATE

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