Minnesota Songbirds

Thursday May 14, 2020 – Thursday May 21, 2020



Connecticut Warbler

As much as I enjoy spring migration here on the Texas coast, and it is amazing to experience, I never seem to get enough of all the colorful birds before it’s over.  One of my favorite places to go to get my fix of spring feathered beauty is northern Minnesota.  I find it fascinating to see where they are going, hearing their songs and getting beautiful photos of them at the height of their breeding plumage.

Golden-crowned Kinglet

This trip starts and ends at the Minneapolis St Paul Airport (MSP).  From Minneapolis we will travel up to the Duluth area and spend time around the famous Sax-Zim Bog and around the Rice Lake NWR. 


This trip is limited to four participants in order for everyone to get the most out of the photography opportunities.  The goal of the trip is to make beautiful images while having fun.  All levels of photographers are welcome though it is recommended that participants have an interchangeable lens camera with a good telephoto lens (400mm or more). 

Golden-winged Warbler

The cost for this trip is $2129 per person for a shared room, for a private room there will be an additional charge of $298.  This includes all transportation in Minnesota, all lodging, guiding and any entrance fees.  Participants will be responsible for their own meals and their transportation to and from MSP.


Some photos from trips to the area can be viewed here:


Please note that some of the photos in this album are from Michigan and that we are extremely unlikely to encounter a Kirtland’s Warbler or Cerulean Warbler on this trip.

Blackburnian Warbler

Some of the species we expect to photograph during this trip include:  Ruffed Grouse, Spruce Grouse, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Common Loon, Yellow Rail, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Black-billed Cuckoo, Sandhill Crane, American Woodcock, Wilson’s Snipe, Broad-winged Hawk, Great Gray Owl, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Black-backed Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Wood Pewee, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Alder Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Canada Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Black-capped Chickadee, Boreal Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Winter Wren, Sedge Wren, Marsh Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Veery, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, Chipping Sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow, LeConte’s Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Bobolink, Baltimore Oriole, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Golden-winged Warbler, Black-

Nashville Warbler