Going away but you can vaguely see the dark primaries. I didn't crop or alter these photos at all but had them at full zoom so the bird looks fatter than it was but welcome to my world when it comes to pictures. It would also be this area that I'd get an excellent look at a juvenile Northern Harrier but it too would fly off before the camera could even be turned on as always.
I'd finally head back and hear a chip note nearby that would turn out to be a Chipping Sparrow (I also had one in my yard yesterday), so it appears as if they are still around, but not in numbers just two short weeks ago.
And then I'd finally spot the Red Crossbills who'd be mixed in with the White-winged Crossbills to make it even more of a headache.
So all in all I'd get in close to 11 miles of walking and enjoyed every minute of it. If you're looking for a place to bird for the Boreal's I HIGHLY recommend this area as it can be done by car too and the crossbills are everywhere so they shouldn't be hard to find.
Take care all