Red-tailed Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk

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Bird watchers will find an astonishing variety of birds, both migratory and resident, in the area around Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B and Cabins and at the feeding stations located around our property. These bird-feeders are maintained year-around. While staying with us you might what to take-in one of the bird tours or even schedule one of Bed, Breakfast, and Birding in the Boreal Packages.

Some birds found around our lodging include Gray Jays (AKA Whiskey Jacks), Spruce Grouse, Evening Grosbeaks, Northern Saw Whet and Boreal Owls, Boreal Chickadees, Thrushes, Vireos and a variety of warblers. For many years, a pair of Broad Winged Hawks have used the Little Ollie Road leading into our place as their own personal hunting reserve. During the warm season, Eagles soar over head and, if you're lucky, you'll see Ospreys diving into a lake for fish from high above. Of course, there is also the Common Loon with it's "lonesome call" found on many of the lakes of the area.

Further up the Gunflint Trail a few miles is the site of the Ham Lake fire of 2007. Venture into the burned over area and you are likely to catch a glimpse of two types of woodpeckers that increase in numbers after forest fires and have been present since the days immediately following the Ham Lake Fire. Look and listen for the Black-backed and Three-toed Woodpecker. They like to feast on the insects that multiply in burned trees.

The Superior National Forest, where the Gunflint Trail and our lodging are located, has been heralded by the American Birding Conservancy as one of 100 "Globally Important Birding Areas". According to the Conservancy, the Superior National Forest, with one hundred and fifty five breeds of birds, has the greatest number of breeding birds of any National Forest in the country. Adjoining our accommodations are the Lima Grade and Lima Mountain roads and their diverse boreal forest habitats of deciduous and conifer trees, lakes, streams and swamps are favorite viewing areas of many birders.

Birding Tours Available through Poplar Creek Guesthouse and Cabins

Private Day Tours

Tour scheduled at your convenience with an experienced birding guide in your own vehicle.

Private Day Tour Rates:
$50 / person. Includes guide and binoculars.
Add $10 / person to include lunch.

Self-Guided Day Tours

Schedule at your convenience. We advise you where the best birding sites are located. Includes birding backpack containing area maps, binoculars and bird field guide book.

Self-Guided Day Trip Rates:
$10 / person. Includes birding pack.
Add $10 / person to include lunch.

Birding Festivals and Additional Information
Bird Feeder
Bird Feeder at B&B

The Spring Boreal Birding Festival and Autumn Migration Series are annual events that draw birders to the North Shore of Lake Superior and the Gunflint Trail area for guided field trips, workshops, and presentations by experts in the field. For more information, visit the following sites:

Birding Festivals

Minnesota Birding Information