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Bird Migration information for Duluth, along Lake Superior to Grand Marais and toward Ely, Minnesota on scenic Hwy 1

Birds migrating along Lake Superior

>>>Duluth - Hawk Ridge | Grand Marais area | Scenic Hwy 1 toward Ely | Current bird migration report

In Duluth, Minnesota at Hawk Ridge Nature Preserve

>>>We think Hawk Ridge is the best spot for viewing migrating birds in the Midwest! The combination of fall colors, birds migrating over and the great view of the Duluth Harbor is fantastic!

BROAD-WINGED HAWKS in record numbers at Hawk Ridge!  Often 1000s are counted in a single day in September. Hawk Ridge is a nature preserve dedicated to birding, and is one of the best places in the mid-west to see migrating birds, especially raptors. "Raptors" are birds of prey, such as bald eagles and red-tailed hawks. Check out the Hawk Ridge Web site for Public Programs, directions and a map.

One of the more spectacular migration events is the kettles of broad-winged hawks seen from Hawk Ridge above Duluth, Minnesota. During the fall these football sized raptors/birds of prey are in large numbers called "kettles." From approx. August 25th - September 30th the BWHs gather together and form what looks like a moving tornado.

Over 50,000 migrating birds pass over Hawk Ridge each year during the fall migration. Check out the Hawk Ridge Web site for Public Programs, directions and a map.  A great place to stop and experience a very unique event, take a break from driving! Nice place to see fall colors, click here for more details and directions. Events and bird counts, directions and more.

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Overlooking Lake Superior and Grand Marais, Minnesota

Overlooking Grand Marais Minnesota

SHHHHH!!!! These are great places too!!

There are two other, less known places to view the migration, the first one is 2 miles up the Gunflint Trail/County Road 12 out of Grand Marais. The Pincushion Mountain Recreation Area is a right-hand turn onto County Road 53. It has a large parking area and is a paved road, off of the Gunflint Trail/County Road 12. Nice place with trails for Mtn. biking and hiking. The second one is just west of Pincushion along the same bluff overlooking Grand Marais, the Old Ski Hill Area/Sawtooth Bluff. Turn west/left onto County Road 64, about 2 1/2 miles from Grand Marais or less than a 1/2 mile after the Pincushion Mountain Recreation Area turn. Once you're on County Road 64 it is about 2 miles all the way to the end, where there is a great view of Grand Marais and Lake Superior. You'll see numerous communication towers near the parking areas.

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Along scenic Hwy 1 toward Ely, Minnesota

Another great place for birding all season long!

The Birch Lake Dam
The Birch Lake Dam is located on the South Kawishiwi River, this is Ely area ornithologist, Bill Tefft's all time favorite location for birding—and Bill has birded across the region for more than 25 years. The area which was first mentioned in one of the oldest guides to birding in Minnesota, has been a hot spot for literally decades. Tefft says it is still one of the most dependable birding spots in the area. Lots of morning sun attracts the warblers, flycatchers and other birds. Water is right there, so waterfowl can be counted on. You can even walk along the dike that extends on either side of the dam for a better look at the surrounding treetops. Adjacent is a gravel road which is also a birder's fun spot to check out.

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North Shore Fall Colors

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