Nest hole excavation

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/superior/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD498190

 

 

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Spring Arrivals (and others too)

American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco

Purple Finch

Purple Finch

Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll

Junco

Junco

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch

American Robin

American Robin

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

 

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Ospreys Return

osprey nest

Osprey nest

Osprey

Osprey with fish

 

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Birdhouses

Bluebird house

Bluebird house

It’s never too late (or early) to put up a birdhouse. Now is the perfect time. The house can get aired out and acclimated so it doesn’t seem so new to the intended new habitants.

The perfect birdhouse is made out of wood, preferably cedar. Metal birdhouses get too hot in the summer sun. The house should face east if possible. Thereby the sun provides warmth in the morning and the support gives shade in the heat of the afternoon.

I purchased this house at L&M Supply for under $15.00. It’s purpose is for Bluebirds and there should never be a perch attached. A perch gives undesirables a way to get in the house. That includes the invasive House Sparrow.

Bluebirds like open areas, a fallow field with short grass in their preferred habitat

if you don’t get Bluebirds, you may still get Tree Swallows

 

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Wolves

I saw three wolves on the way to work this morning. They ran across Highway 53 just north of Cook.

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/mammals/wolves/mgmt.html

 

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In between

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Wintergreen

arbutus buds

Trailing Arbutus buds

We are “in-between” seasons right now, the winter birds have been leaving and the summer birds aren’t here yet. It can get a little boring. I can see why people want to go south on spring break.

Yesterday I went out and poked around in the woods. Wintergreen berries are red and still cling to the vein. They’d make a tasty treat for a hungry Grouse.

The Trailing Arbutus is all ready to burst into bloom as soon as the days lengthen and the weather warms.

There are lots of evergreen plants in the northern woods.

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So much more than a “little brown bird”

Siskin, pine

Pine Siskin

The Pine Siskin is a finch and finches are seedeaters.

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Beak of the Day

Gray Jay

Gray Jay

Did you know that Gray Jays are nesting already?

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Beak of the Day

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Female Pine Grosbeaks

Enjoy this beautiful bird now because they’re heading back to Canada very soon. Most all the Pine Grosbeaks have left northern Minnesota by March 15th.

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