more wildflowers

wintergreen, one-flower

One-flowered Wintergreen

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Twin Flowers

twin flower

Twin Flower


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Wildflowers are blooming

yellow lady slippers

Yellow Lady Slippers


Dragon’s Mouth Orchid


Blue Flag Iris

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Rare bird visits northland

lark bunting

Lark Bunting

Last week a very special bird visited the area. It was a Lark Bunting! A bird that’s supposed to be out on the great plains of Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. Their breeding range also extends into the prairie provinces of Canada.

This bird is actually the state bird of Colorado. We were thrilled that this bird made a stopover in northern Minnesota for a couple days.

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Ruffed Grouse


Ruffed Grouse

There are a lot of Ruffed Grouse in the area this spring. This one was eating Aspen buds. They walk around on the smallest of branches, just look at the bird clinging to the thin branch. You wonder how it holds the weight of such a big bird.

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Blueberry crop looks promising

Blueberry blossoms

Blueberry blossoms

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Pine Warblers are back at the Gorge

pine warbler

Pine Warbler

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more Spruce Grouse

male Spruce Grouse

male Spruce Grouse

Grouse, spruce male

Spruce Grouse, male


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Spruce Grouse


female Spruce Grouse

It’s that time of the year. Grouse are busy displaying and establishing territories.

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Nest hole excavation


Black-capped Chickadee nesthole

Chickadees and Nuthatches excavate their own nest holes. I was lucky enough to find both birds working on their nest sites last week.



flicker, northern

Northern Flicker, yellow-shafted

A Flicker came along to see what the action was all about. He wasn’t welcome and got chased away by the little Chickadee.

boreal chickadee

Boreal Chickadee

A check in some different habitat revealed a Boreal Chickadee. A very special little bird that is not that common in northern Minnesota.

chickadee, boreal

Boreal Chickadee, formerly called Hudsonians

These Chickadees like the Jack Pine habitat and boggy areas with Black Spruce and Tamarack trees.

Boreal Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee

I just can’t get enough of these little brown headed Chickadees!

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Prescribed Burns to help Blueberry habitat

The Forest Service is performing some prescribed burns in the Superior National Forest. The burned area will benefit blueberry habitat. Some areas around Lake Jeanette and Echo Lake will be affected. These lakes are located on the Echo Trail, an area that is excellent for wild Blueberries. Learn more at the link below.



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