Spotted Grouse?

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Spotted Grouse

That’s what John James Audubon called them back in the 1800’s. I can see where he got the descriptive name. The modern name is Spruce Grouse.

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Another rare (regular) bird

American Three-toed Woodpecker

American Three-toed Woodpecker

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Can you see the bird?

taking a dust bath

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Anxiously awaiting spring

American Robin

Junco

Recent arrivals to the north country.

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Hummingbirds return to Crane Lake

Hummingbirds can return to Crane Lake as early as May 12th which is when they returned last year in 2016. The video below was taken on June 2, 2014 – early June migration peaks.

 

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up north Sharp-tailed Grouse

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Winter hangs on

Crane Lake view in March

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A TRUE Fairy Tale

The magnificent Trumpeter Swan and their history in Minnesota.

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/mcvmagazine/issues/2017/mar-apr/trumpeter-swan-history.html

 

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Another winter bird

Rough-legged Hawk

Rough-legged Hawk

The Rough-legged Hawk is another bird that only spends its’ winters in Minnesota. They migrate back north to Canada for the breeding season.

Rough-legged Hawk

This hawk is easy to identify by the dark carpal patches on the wings. Another hawk has that marking, but that Hawk only occurs in Minnesota in the summer. Do you know which one that is?

Rough-legged Hawk

Here’s another look at the Rough-legged Hawk. They like open country and they eat mice and voles.

The other bird that has the carpal patches is the Osprey. The Osprey is a fishing eating Hawk and must have open water for food. The Osprey returns to Crane Lake by April 15th.

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Winter Birds

Pine Grosbeak, male

male Pine Grosbeak

Pine Grosbeak, female

White-winged Crossbill

White-winged Crossbill, male

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