Surprise in the Woods!

The other day I kicked up a family of SPRUCE GROUSE!

Spruce Grouse fledgling

Spruce Grouse fledgling

Surprisingly, the young birds could fly fairly well – albeit only for short distances.

Spruce Grouse female

Spruce Grouse female

The Spruce Hen was making the weirdest noises as she was kept  in contact with her youngin’s. At one point she vocalized a spooky scream.

Spruce Hen

Spruce Hen

O.K., O.K., I’ll leave you alone so you can gather up your family.

Heliport

Heliport

Back on some of the remote logging roads, in the Superior National Forest, there are Heliports set aside. I suppose they use helicopters to drop firefighters when there’s a wildfire in the forest. Or perhaps they’re used in search and rescue missions or if someone has been injured in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

There must have been a wetland beyond the rock face as I could hear many birds that associate with that habitat: Common Yellowthroat, Alder Flycatcher, Chestnut-sided Warbler. This clearing, some of it natural and some encouraged, was thick with birdsong.

Remote Beaver Pond

Remote Beaver Pond

My destination was a remote beaver pond that was about a mile in from the Echo Trail. It was a really cool spot, but there wasn’t much for bird activity. But then I was there in the afternoon when most birds are taking their siesta. 

However, on the way out I found a pair of Juncos that seemed to be defending a nest site. They got really upset when I walked by and they were causing such a commotion that some other birds came out to see what was going on. They were promptly chased away by the indignant Juncos. I took the hint and got out of there as well.

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