Winter Solstice is December 21st

At this time of the year in Crane Lake, it starts getting dark as early as 3:30 depending on cloud cover, with the sun setting at about 4:30. It’s dark in the morning too, not getting light until about 7:30am. Crane Lake sits at a latitude of about 48 degrees.

While December 21st is the shortest day of the year, that day does not have the earliest sunset or the latest sunrise.  See the following article for an interesting look at winter solstice.

http://aa.usno.navy.mil/faq/docs/rs_solstices.php

 

 

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Winter in Crane Lake

Rough-legged Hawk

Another one of the winter birds that only come down to Minnesota in the winter is the Rough-legged Hawk.

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Winter Birds

There are a few birds that occur in northern Minnesota during the winter that aren’t around in the summer. One of those birds is the Pine Grosbeak.

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Male Pine Grosbeak

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Northern Shrike

butcher bird

Northern Shrike, aka Butcher Bird

Yikes Shrikes! – Nov 11, 2006

 

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Buck Fever

White-tailed Deer

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Rare Hummingbird visits Crane Lake

Rufous Hummingbird

This hummingbird is not necessarily rare, but it is “out of range” here in Minnesota. The Rufous Hummingbird is a bird from out west. They breed from Alaska through the Rocky Mountains. This little hummer winters in western Mexico.

This little bird visited my feeder on September 23, 2017. I think it is a female by the speckling on the throat. She hang around until the next morning, and then I didn’t see her after that.

 

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Voyageurs history

http://voyageurs.org/2017/09/18/paddling-past-rainy-lake/

 

 

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Spring or Fall?

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Spring Peeper

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Autumnal Recrudescence Ceremony

That’s what is going on out in the woods right now. Spring Peepers and Gray Tree Frogs are chirping and carrying on at all hours of the day and night. It is because they are confused by the changing daylight and they think it might be spring. Read the following article for more insight.

 

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Strange noises in the woods

see the following article about fall in the woods

 

http://northernwoodlands.org/outside_story/article/fall-peepers#.Wb17IX4qL-o.gmail

 

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