of Grouse and Sundews

Ruffed Grouse chick

Ruffed Grouse chick

The Ruffed Grouse chicks are out and about. This family consisted of 6 chicks plus the mother – there may have been more hiding in the grass. This was one of 3 families that were out on the road in the afternoon. Must have been some good bugs out on the road!

Round-leaf Sundew

Round-leaf Sundew

And now the Sundews are out and getting ready to bloom.

Sundew

Sundew

They are a “carnivorous” plant that lives in the nutrient-poor bog. They get their life blood from the insects that they capture in their sticky fronds. The plant uses enzymes to dissolve the bug. They’re just like the venus fly traps that also trap insects. These plants are tiny, but really quite numerous this year at the Lake Jeanette bog on the Astrid Lake hiking trail.

Round-leaf Sundew

Round-leaf Sundew

It looks like this plant has trapped a couple unlucky insects.

 

 

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