Agassa Trail

Bass Lake Fog

It was a beautiful morning yesterday, although it was a bit cool making the early morning fog hang over the lake.

I used the opportunity to set out down the Echo Trail from Crane Lake/Buyck to Ely. This winding gravel road courses its 52 mile way through the Superior National Forest to Ely. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is on the north and south sides of the road. There are many trails to hike, but the one that I was curious about was the AGASSA LAKE TRAIL.

At one point there is a primitive boardwalk through the bog. It was a pretty quiet morning in the woods, but there were a few birds around. One bird that you don’t see too often, except for in areas like this, is the Lincoln’s Sparrow. He’s not much to look at (it’s another LBB, little brown bird), but his song is exceptional. It’s a warbley type song and very pretty.

Blue Flag Iris

Blue Flag Iris is blooming now – although it’s probably late like everything else.

crab spider

When I was editing the photo after I got home, I noticed a CRAB SPIDER on the flower. The spider is white and is facing the other way; you can only see his back-end. This spider does not weave a web to trap insects, but instead is a hunter. He will ambush an insect as it is attracted to the flower or plant where the Crab Spider is hiding. He grabs the insect with his long front legs and use venom to paralyze the victim.

winter wren

Later on I found a pair of WINTER WRENS. I think they were close to a nest site Рthey would have never let me see them this closely otherwise. These are spunky little birds that have a truly incredible song that tinkles through out the woods practically all summer.

Other birds seen:
White-winged Crossbills
White-throated Sparrow
Red-eyed Vireo
Hermit Thrush
Nashville Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Northern Parula

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