Progress Report

Red-eyed Vireo and nestlings

Red-eyed Vireo and nestlings

The baby Vireos are getting big, so fast! It’s incredible that the incubation of these young Vireos is only 11-15 days, and then in another 10-12 days they are ready to leave the nest.

Red-eyed Vireo feeding young

Red-eyed Vireo feeding young

I think there may be just 2 nestlings in the nest. He sure can stretch his neck up to receive the food.

These young birds will probably be out of the nest by this weekend.

Red-eyed Vireo with worm

Red-eyed Vireo with worm

Look closely, this Vireo has a big juicy green worm for her chicks.

Red-eyed Vireo feeding chick

Red-eyed Vireo feeding chick

hmmmm, nummy!

Red-eyed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

The adult just noticed me and my camera. I think she’s giving me the “evil eye”!

Red-eyed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

The red eye on these birds doesn’t always show, you have to be in just the right light.

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Dwarf Raspberries

Dwarf Raspberry

Dwarf Raspberry

The wild Raspberries along the Vermilion Gorge Hiking Trail are prolific this summer. The variety is known as “Dwarf Raspberry” and that is because the plants are shorter than the standard variety of wild Raspberry. I think the fruit is much better than the other wild Raspberry varieties. They’re sweet and juicy and have fewer seeds. Check it out!

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Red-eyed Vireo Nest

Red-eyed Vireo Nest

Red-eyed Vireo Nest

For a bird that sings from the very treetops, they build their nests quite low, sometimes only a few feet from the ground. This nest is up about 10′ and hangs from one of the lower branches. I just happened to see it one day last month. On Monday, July 4th, she was sitting in the nest. On Tuesday the eggs hatched and I watched her bring in a worm to the nestlings on Wednesday.

Red-eyed Vireo and nestlings

Red-eyed Vireo and nestlings

I took this photo last Friday. You can just see the little beaks of the nestlings on the right hand side of the nest. These little birds grow up really fast so I’ll be bringing more news on the developement of this nesting this week.

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Quite a show

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

A Scarlet Tanager has been putting on a show for all that are interested at the Vermilion Gorge Hiking Trail. He was there every day last week, singing his beautiful song from the treetops. Sometimes these birds can be extremely difficult to find and see, but this guy has been very cooperative.

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Babies, babies, everywhere!

Mallard & ducklings

Mallard & ducklings

Common Mergansers

Common Mergansers

I wonder if baby Mergansers are called Merglings?

Merglings

Merglings

These little Mergansers are fishing. They must feed themselves from the minute they are born. The mother Merg does not feed them, she just shows them how to do it. These little babies are looking under the water for their meal.

Herring Gulls and chicks

Herring Gulls and chicks

The Herring Gull colony on Sandpoint Lake had a successful hatch this year. Last summer there were Gulls sitting on nests, but no chicks survived.

Herring Gulls of various sizes and ages

Herring Gulls of various sizes and ages

This season there are at least 15 Gull babies at the site. It’s interesting to note the different ages of the chicks.

Herring Gulls

Herring Gulls

I love how this guy is flapping his stubby little wings and the other two chicks are keeping an eye on him.

Hungry Herring Gull chicks

Hungry Herring Gull chicks

I just love the spots on their heads. It makes for good camoflage and blends into their rocky home.

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Pitcher Plant

Pitcher Plant

Pitcher Plant

Pitcher Plants are abundant at the Lake Jeanette bog this year. Their flowers can be seen everywhere out in the bog. It’s really hard to get the flower of the Pitcher Plant and the foliage all in one photo, because the flowers are so tall. But this plant had a flower that wasn’t so tall and I was able to get it all in one frame.

The Pitcher Plant is a carnivorous plant in that they trap insects in their water filled fronds. More info can be found in this previous post:http://blog.visitcranelake.com/?p=242

 

 

 

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Tip of the Day

Trail Map

Trail Map

Next time you’re out hiking, take a picture of the posted trail map with your digital camera or camera phone. Then when you’re out on the trail, you can reference back to your photo on the play back screen of your camera. It’s a good idea to bring a compass too just in case you get off the trail by accident. Some of the new “smart” phones have one built in.

 

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Eagle Update

Bald Eaglet

Bald Eaglet

The 2 baby Bald Eagles in the nest at the Vermilion Gorge are getting big. You can’t see the other Eaglet in this photo, but he’s in there. Looks like it will be a successful nesting despite the busy location.

 

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Bishop’s Cap

Bishop's Cap

Bishop's Cap

I found this Naked Mitrewort, or Bishop’s Cap the other day. It is going to seed now. I think the seeds will turn black as they ripen. I guess this is how the plant gets its’ common name of Bishop’s Cap.

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Wildflowers aplenty

Twin Flowers

Twin Flowers

Wild Rose

Wild Rose

Pitcher Plant flower

Pitcher Plant flower

Pitcher Plant flowers

Pitcher Plant flowers

Roundleaf Sundew
Roundleaf Sundew

A carniverous plant, the Roundleaf Sundew catches small insects in its sticky fronds.

Bog Cranberry flower

Bog Cranberry flower

Blue Flag Iris

Blue Flag Iris

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