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.
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.
It’s that time of the year. Grouse are busy displaying and establishing territories.
Chickadees and Nuthatches excavate their own nest holes. I was lucky enough to find both birds working on their nest sites last week.
A Flicker came along to see what the action was all about. He wasn’t welcome and got chased away by the little Chickadee.
A check in some different habitat revealed a Boreal Chickadee. A very special little bird that is not that common in northern Minnesota.
These Chickadees like the Jack Pine habitat and boggy areas with Black Spruce and Tamarack trees.
I just can’t get enough of these little brown headed Chickadees!
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.