One of the first flowers to bloom in the Spring is the Round-lobed Hepatica. The plant is so named for the leaves of the plant which are supposed to look like the 3 lobes of the liver. It’s also called Liverleaf. Hepatica likes dry, shaded, deciduous woods and that’s what it’s like over on the Franklin Lake Trail west of Crane Lake.
Puddle ducks have also found their way to the numerous ponds and creeks that flow through the area.
Including this handsome pair of Northern Shovelers. That bill is so big it’s a great field mark, you can see it for quite a distance. The female shoveler looks like a Mallard, but her bill gives her away. These two are probably just moving through on their way to a different habitat for breeding.