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Redpoll on Mossy Branch
Sax Zim Bog
near Zim, Minnesota

This image was from a wonderful day last February. My wife and I drove up into the Sax Zim Bog and stopped at a bird feeding station in the middle of the forest. The feeding station was covered in Redpolls. My big problem was that my 400mm lens has a 9 ft minimum focus distance .. I kept having to back farther away from the birds that were fearlessly feeding around us.

The Sax-Zim bog is one of my favorite places. It is a large conifer bog known as one of the premiere locations for wildlife and birding and Minnesota. The bog is located about 40 miles North of Duluth Minnesota.

The Common Redpoll is a small finch that inhabits open subarctic areas and winters in Southern Canada and the Northern United States.

Some interesting Redpoll facts:
1. They often sleep in snow tunnels to preserve heat
2. a Redpoll bearing a Chinese band was captured in Norway.
3. A group of Redpolls is known as a "gallup"

information on the Sax-Zim bog
http://moumn.org/sax-zim/

information on the Common Redpoll
http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/717/_/Common_Redpoll.aspx

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