Snowy Owl and winter trip to Crex Meadows
|An interesting building in a corn field south of Grantsburg.|
One of the birds on my photography bucket list is the beautiful Snowy Owl. After seeking one out for the past several years I heard about some sightings at Grantsburg, Wisconsin near the Crex Meadows Wildlife Area. I quickly planned a trip to the area in hopes of sighting one. Pam unfortunately was not able to make the trip because of her work responsibilities. I decided to head up to Grantsburg as soon as possible as there appeared to be a nice weather window.
I left Winona last Tuesday morning and it was -10 degrees. By the time I got to Durand, Wisconsin it was -23 degrees and I was starting to wonder if I had read the weather reports correctly. It was still about -8 degrees when I got to Turtle Lake to meet up with the Marjorie and Dennis Doering for lunch at the Casino. ( They have really good wings at the casino ) After a nice lunch and a conversation about the new novel Marjorie is working on I headed out on the last leg of my journey.
I then spent the next day and a half exploring the area south of Grantsburg and the Crex Meadows Wildlife Area. I was thrilled when I came across a Snowy Owl in my travels and was even more thrilled when the Snowy Owl allowed me to get close enough to get some photographs with my telephoto lens. I also came across several other birds on the "frozen tundra".
|The sky was overcast when I located a Snowy Owl perched|
on a power line pole.
|A flock of Snow Buntings flew into this corn field for a quick snack.|
One of the cool things about nature photography is that things slow down enough around lunch time to allow time for a nice lunch and a power nap. I finished a nice lunch that I picked up at the Burnett Dairy Co-op Cheese Store in Alpha and was working on a great nap back at the motel in Siren when I was startled out of a deep sleep by fire alarms and bright flashing lights. After determining that there was not any fire or smoke in the motel I headed out to grab a few photos as a nap was now impossible with the alarms. I later found out that a burst sprinkler pipe was the culprit.
|You have to love the dedication of the volunteer fire fighters and emergency|
|Checking out the fields for prey.|
|Winter landscape of Phantom Lake in the Wildlife Area|
|A small herd of deer feeding in the frigid weather.|
|I think she was giving me a wink and a smile!|
|A Redpoll giving me a profile pose.|
|A Brown Creeper on a tree near the feeders at the Visitor|
|A Blue Jay checking out the feeders.|
|Adios beautiful Snowy Owl|