June 1-2, 2013

Thanks Birding Girls for the great weekend! Saturday was about as bad as it gets weather-wise and the birds reflected that. The morning at the Vermilion Gorge Hiking Trail was wet, but a few intrepid birds were out foraging. We got several Warblers along the way. The afternoon was a “wash-out”, but we did manage to bring out a singing Northern Waterthrush for Julie. We got excellent looks at a known skulker. Saturday night yielded a displaying Woodcock – heard, not seen. Susan heard our target bird at 3am on the way to the privy, but she said the Whip-poor-will was a long ways away, perhaps as far as a mile.
Sunday dawned bright and sunny! A welcome sight! We started out at the Sioux-Hustler Hiking Trail where we flushed an American Woodcock! A strange sounding Song Sparrow showed us just how variable their song can be. Maybe he was a new comer to northern Minnesota. Our next stop at the Lake Jeanette bog walk was pretty quiet, but a pair of Lincoln’s Sparrow came out to give us great looks. Back at the boat landing parking lot, the Warblers were out and about! We got good looks at a Cape May Warbler. Later up at the Heliport, we admired the prolific Blueberry blossoms hoping we get a good year. A Blue-headed Vireo kept us entertained with his beautiful song.
Here’s a list that I came up with – turned out better than I had expected with the rogue weather that we had to endure.
1. Canada Goose
2. Trumpeter Swan
3. Mallard
4. Ring-necked Duck
5. Common Goldeneye
6. Common Merganser
7. Ruffed Grouse (didn’t we hear one?, I got one when I got home)
8. Common Loon
9. Pied-billed Grebe
10. American White Pelican
11. Great Blue Heron
12. Turkey Vulture
13. Osprey
14. Bald Eagle
15. Northern Harrier
16. Broad-winged Hawk
17. Red-tailed Hawk
18. Spotted Sandpiper
19. American Woodcock
20. Ring-billed Gull
21. Eastern Whip-poor-will
22. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
23. Belted Kingfisher
24. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
25. Hairy Woodpecker
26. Northern Flicker
27. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (Orr bogwalk)
28. Alder Flycatcher
29. Least Flycatcher
30. Eastern Kingbird
31. Blue-headed Vireo
32. Red-eyed Vireo
33. Gray Jay (Dee only)
34. Blue Jay
35. Black-billed Magpie (Marilyn spotted at Cedar bog)
36. American Crow
37. Common Raven
38. Black-capped Chickadee
39. Red-breasted Nuthatch
40. White-breasted Nuthatch
41. Winter Wren
42. Golden-crowned Kinglet
43. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
44. Veery
45. Hermit Thrush
46. American Robin
47. Cedar Waxwing
48. Ovenbird
49. Northern Waterthrush
50. Golden-winged Warbler
51. Black & White Warbler
52. Nashville Warbler
53. Mourning Warbler
54. Common Yellowthroat
55. Cape May Warbler
56. Northern Parula
57. Magnolia Warbler
58. Blackburnian Warlber
59. Yellow Warbler
60. Chestnut-sided Warbler
61. Yellow-rumped Warbler
62. Black-throated Green Warbler
63. Canada Warbler
64. Chipping Sparrow
65. Song Sparrow
66. Lincoln’s Sparrow
67. Swamp Sparrow
68. White-throated Sparrow
69. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
70. Red-winged Blackbird
71. Common Grackle
72. Purple Finch
73. Pine Siskin
74. American Goldfinch

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2 Responses to June 1-2, 2013

  1. Lisa S says:

    A group of us come up every year and stay on Echo lake. I was wondering if any of you could give us ideas on some hiking trails that we may enjoy. We did the gorge and have gone to Vermillion falls. Does anyone know of any trails off the Echo trail road that we might enjoy?

    • Vacation says:

      There’s a nice short hiking trail right at the Echo Lake Campground just down the Echo Trail a short ways. There’s a really cool “glacial erratic” at the top of the trail. A glacial erratic is a big rock that was carried along by the glacier and then dropped off along the way.

      Lake Jeanette and Astrid Lake Hiking Trail is among my favorites – it’s about 10 miles down the Echo Trail. And then there’s Norway Trail just a little further and Sioux Hustler Hiking Trail a little ways beyond that. Big Moose Lake Trail is further down the trail at the Moose Loop – 25 miles from the Crane Lake Road. Have Fun!!!

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