Woodpeckers pecking on your house?

http://strib.mn/2mdJLR7

check out the above link from the Minneapolis Star Tribune about Woodpeckers drumming on your siding and suggestions for what you can do about it.

 

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Great Gray Owl

Owl, great gray

Great Gray Owl

Maybe you have heard about the Snowy Owl irruption that is going on this winter in Minnesota and other places in the lower 48, but there is also a bigger number of other northern Owls moving into northern Minnesota.

Great Gray Owls, like the one in the above photo, are in greater numbers this winter than in recent winters. The Christmas Bird Count in the famous Sax-Zim bog yielded 11 Great Grays.

The Northern Hawk Owl has also shown bigger numbers this year.

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Northern Hawk Owl

Northern Hawk Owl

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more winter birds

Common Redpoll

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Morning at Crane Lake

frosty morning

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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.

grosbeak

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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