Birds can make the winter season more entertaining; the snow is a pleasant backdrop to their flights of fancy. Providing food for birds will bring them to your yard, and it will aid in the birds' survival.
Chickadees and cardinals are permanent residents. Winter visitors of boreal regions are unpredictable.
Species that fly far from their normal ranges to find food:
Winter Bird Feeding: large seeds, small seeds, and suet.
Birds that enjoy sunflower seeds:
Peanuts are enjoyed by:
Seeds and mixes
Millet is enjoyed by:
Suet in winter offers an energy boost to birds when they need it most.
Use onion sacks, wire mesh feeders or placed on open platforms.
Peanut butter may be smeared on pine cones for a yummy treat!
Use a heating element to keep water from freezing. Bird baths with heating elements can be found at bird-feeding supply stores.
Keep feeders closer to the windows to prevent collisions. Reducing the gap makes it harder for birds to build up speed.
I can tell you all the habitat types in Voyageurs National Park. Koochiching county supports a wide variety of owls. You can spot a great horned owl, snowy owl, barred owl, and great gray owl. Along with other special types of owls. They are on the edges of clearings. They roost in a tall tree and scan for anything they can ambush and eat.
Additionally there are many hawks that also hunt in the area. There are sharp shinned, broad-winged, red-tailed, rough-legged and northern hawk.
There are some songbirds that spend the winter there too. black-capped chickadees are the most common. Ruffed grouse are about the most common larger upland bird spending the winter here.
The snowshoe and cross-country ski trails offer easy access to the forests. you can spot any of these birds here. The Tilson Creek trail system offers a lot of opportunity along with the Black Bay ski trail system.
I spot a lot of White-Tail Deer on the trail between the Rainy Lake Visitor Center and Minnesota 11 East. The Rangers at the visitor Center spotted a wolf there too, exciting! and it was rare white timber wolf at that. The Black Bay ski trail comes across a beaver pond where some people have spotted a moose. but moose are very reclusive. People exploring the Rainy Lake Ice Road have seen a white-tail deer and a wolf pack crossing the ice.
Looking for a challenge? A birding challenge? We invite you spot these birds in the Rainy Lake area. Comment below with the bird(s) you found, and the approximate location of the sighting.