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Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

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Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

…just burned

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Such a pretty bird with such a poor name. This Warbler can be found in any stand of Balsam Fir around Crane Lake.

Golden-winged Warbler

Golden-winged Warbler

Good name for this bird, the Golden wing bars are quite visible.

Golden-winged Warbler

Golden-winged Warbler

These Warblers like to hang out in young Aspen trees.

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

This Chestnut-sided was just about to fly away, but you can see the chestnut on his sides very well. It’s a good name for this little, sassy Warbler even if it is hard to say ten times in a row!  

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Wood Thrush at Crane Lake

Wood Thrush

Wood Thrush

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?

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Would you go hiking here?

Deer Skull and Crossbones

Deer Skull and Crossbones

Some humorist found these in the woods and left them at the trailhead. Very spooky!

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Northern Parula

Northern Parula

Northern Parula

Eye Candy!

Northern Parula

Northern Parula

They have a little bit of greenish-yellow feathering on their back.

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Wildflowers Blooming

Goldthread

Goldthread

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.

Bog Laurel

Bog Laurel

The Bog Laurel, Kalmia polifolia, is just starting to bloom.

Canada Anemone

Canada Anemone

Mystery Flower

Mystery Flower

I don’t know what kind of plant this is. Can anyone help?

Blueberry Flowers

Blueberry Flowers

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

Bunchberry

Bunchberry flower while it’s still “spring” green.

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Crane Lake Eagle Nest

Eagle Nest
Eagle Nest

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.

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more arrivals

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

American Redstart

American Redstart

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Recent Arrivals

White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Nashville Warbler

Nashville Warbler

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Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

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.

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Snowshoe Hare

Snowshoe Hare

Snowshoe Hare

In his summer coat.

The Snowshoe Hare is the only rabbit species that we have up in the north woods around Crane Lake. For more information there was a great article a few years ago in the MN Conservation Volunteer. http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/young_naturalists/hares_rabbits/index.html

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