I live in a "Boreal Forest" and I have spent thousands of hours, hiking it. Until two days ago I have seen only one Boreal Chickadee in my forest and taken "zippo" photos of this unique, little chickadee. I have read much about the Sax-Zim Bog and talked to friends who have driven and walked the area. The good thing is, that it isn't an extreme distance for me to travel to visit this exceptional, nationally known birding area. Each year I have failed to make it to the bog, for various reasons... but Tuesday my wife and I took the back roads through the arrowhead and made a day of it, traveling the 290 mile circle tour from our house.
Our main purpose was to try to find the Boreal Chickadee and a Great Gray Owl. We ended up seeing 16 species of birds... the Boreal Chickadee was of course the hit for us, but no Great Gray Owl.
Here are a few of the Boreal Chickadee images I ended up with... and thanks Al for the location tip, it was a real thrill to spend time with these beautiful "Chocolate Chickadees".