Friday, February 26, 2010

Sax-Zim Bog trip - III

As we criss-crossed the Bog, Stan was looking for a special bird (in addition to Bohemian Waxwings and Grouse). 
Several times we ran into another birder who was on the same quest. At this stop, he thought he had heard something significant in the woods. The noise was a quiet tapping. A special woodpecker? Was it worth going through hip-deep snow in the ditch to find it? Stan thought so. Most of us followed. 
A short distance into the woods we spotted it! Was it special? Do you know what it is?
Here is a better view -- unfortunately blocked by many branches. Even though the photo is poor, it should give you sufficient clues for an ID.
It is a Black-backed Woodpecker. A first for me! They are quite rare even in Northeastern Minnesota, extremely rare South of there. Stan came through again! Another great trip.