One of the first wildflowers to bloom in the north woods. I love the name of this wildflower. I wonder how it got its’ name – is it the tiny gold flecks in the flower? No, Goldthread, Coptis trifolia, is named for the bright yellow root that is a rhizome and links many plants together underground.
The Bog Laurel, Kalmia polifolia, is just starting to bloom.
I don’t know what kind of plant this is. Can anyone help?
There are lots of flowers on the Blueberry bushes right now. If all goes well it will be a bumper crop of Blueberries again this year.
Bunchberry flower while it’s still “spring” green.
In this photo the Eagle is still sitting on eggs, but this morning, I think the eggs may have already hatched. It will be interesting to see how this nest does as it is in a very high traffic area. The nest is located right next to a popular fishing hole.
Now, what do you think of the name of this bird? According to the dictionary, pied means “of two or more colors in blotches”. So I guess that would apply to this bird’s bill. The Pied-billed Grebe is an interesting water bird. When they are actively feeding, sometimes just their head will appear above the water – and they can ‘sink’ out of sight when they feel threatened.
Pied-billed Grebes are really quite common in our area, but they are very secretive and so they are hard to see. Over at the Bug Creek Walking Trails on FR 203 you can hear their calls. It’s a very spooky call and it’s even spookier because most times you can’t see where the sound is coming from. They nest in the area and their young chicks are so cute, they are covered in black and white stripes. I hope to get a photo some time in the future.
This Common Raven nest has been nestled into the cliffs on Crane Lake for as long as I can remember – and it probably has been here for a lot longer than that. I have read that Ravens will use the same nest site for decades. The Ravens that are using the nest site at a particular time will stay in the same area and defend it against other Ravens that enter their territory.
The above photo shows the adult Raven arriving at the nest.
I think she’s giving me the evil eye. Don’t worry, I don’t think anything would be able to climb up the cliff to the nest.
After I posted my Spruce Grouse video, I found this really awesome video of a “Franklin’s” Spruce Grouse. This sub-species of the Spruce Grouse is only found in the northern Rockies and Cascade mountain ranges. Part of their display flight is a “wing-clap” which is shown in this video. I’ve heard the wing clap described as sounding like a shotgun. Watch the video and decide for yourself, either way it’s pretty cool! Kudos to the person who had the opportunity to video tape this bird in action.