Thanks to Chris for finding this bird on opening fishing weekend, May 14th. This Wood Thrush is a little north of its’ normal range which generally is south of here in the deciduous woods. Our area is more coniferous, or mostly evergreen pine trees. The Wood Thrush is categorized as “rare” in Voyageurs National Park according to their literature.
This bird is still hanging around and I was able to get this rather bad shot last weekend. He was really hard to get to sit still, he was flying all over the place singing his beautiful song all the while. Of all the “spot-breasted” Thrushes that occur in North America, the Wood Thrush has to have the most beautiful song. Our Hermit Thrushes also have a wonderful song that is most often heard around here. Swainson’s Thrushes also breed at Crane Lake and their song is also quite lovely. Then there’s the Veery, how can it get any prettier! You’ll just have to find out for yourself by visiting Crane Lake. I am curious, which is your favorite bird song?
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.