Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped “Myrtle” Warbler

Here is an female adult or it could be a “first winter”  ‘Myrtle’ sub-species of the Yellow-rumped Warbler. Looks a lot like the basic plumaged Cape May.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Here is an adult in full breeding plumage. This Warbler changes quite a bit in the winter.

"Myrtle" sub-species of the Yellow-rumped Warbler

“Myrtle” sub-species of the Yellow-rumped Warbler

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Warbler migration has been crazy!

Cape May

Female and juvenile Cape May Warblers can be confused with Yellow-rumped Warblers. They both have the distinctive yellow ‘rump’.

Cape May

There are tell-tale signs that this is a Cape May – there can be a yellow wash to the breast as you can kind of see in the above photo.

Cape May

This is an adult in ‘basic’ or winter plumage. You can still see the orange ear patch, although it’s faded and smaller.

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More Migrants

Northern Parula

Cape May Warbler

Yellow-rumped “Myrtle” Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Northern Parula

Cape May Warbler

 

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Fall migration has begun

Cape May Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Nashville Warbler

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Unusual wildflower

double black-eyed susan

“double” Black-eyed Susan

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Baby Season!

American Robin on nest

mallards

Mallard Ducks

Barn Swallow nestlings

hummingbird nest

Ruby-throated Hummingbird nest

grouse,rugged-chick

Ruffed Grouse chick

woodpecker, black-backed

Black-backed Woodpecker

Red-eyed Vireo, fledgling

Red-eyed Vireo, fledgling

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Jewels of the Forest

warbler magnolia

Magnolia Warbler

magnolia warbler

Magnolia Warbler

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Boreal forest fauna and flora

Twin Flower
Linnaea Borealis

twin flower

Twin Flower

Clintonia or Blue Bead Lilly

Moccasin Flower (also known as Stemless Lady Slipper)

can you see the frog?

Spring Peeper Frog

And flowers growing out of rock boulders!

bunchberry

Bunchberry

Scary!!!

and look out for really BIG fauna!

 

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Resident Birds

chickadee, boreal

Boreal Chickadee

This special little Chickadee is different than the more numerous “Black-capped” Chickadees. This is a Boreal Chickadee and they sport a brown cap. This Chickadee would be considered a specialty of our northeastern boreal forest. Birdwatchers travel from other parts of the country and world to add this bird to their life list.

The Boreal Chickadee is a year round resident here in northern Minnesota and they are busy with nesting now.

 

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singing…

cape may warbler

Cape May Warbler

This warbler wouldn’t quit singing! He was flycatching insects and singing profusely every time he came back to the branch.

white shoulders on the Cape May Warbler

The white feathers on the shoulders of the Cape May Warbler is a really good field mark. You can see those feathers from quite a distance.

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