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16066 191207  Nature Notes from Craig’s Walk @ Bass Ponds, one of the MVNWR units, Dec. 7, 2019, 8 am
Mallards (200+), Hooded Mergansers (2 – no adult males), Trumpeter Swans sitting on ice, Crows, a Cardinal, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Nuthatch (calls), Brown Creepers, a Winter Wren*, Red-tailed Hawk, Chickadees, Bald Eagle nest
Winter Wren Portrait - YouTube
Winter Wren Overview, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Winter Wren Identification, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Hwys  Red-tailed Hawks (6), Rock Pigeons

Nature Notes  2019   

16064 191205  Nature Notes from Craig’s Walk @ Bass Ponds, one of the MVNWR units, Dec. 1, 2019, 8 am
Golden-crowned Kinglets (2; one was female), Bald Eagles (3, at least two were young; a young one eating a fish? on a tree branch, around 30 feet above us), Hooded Mergansers (a group of over 100, many young), a Common Merganser, Canada Geese, Mallards, Goldeneyes, Ring-billed Gulls, Herring Gulls, Lesser Scaups, a Bafflehead, Trumpeter Swans, Brown Creepers, Cardinals, Craig heard Kingfisher calls, Rock Pigeons, House Finches, Chickadees (calls)
a muskrat
deer tracks, some beaver activities,
Our short Walk @ 10 am, Old Cedar Ave., one of the MVNWR units
Swans: most of them were Trumpeter Swans, a Mute Swan*, and two Tundra Swans*
Canada Geese, Mallards,
Beaver lodges
* Mathew with a spotting scope kindly helped us spot the Mute Swan and Tundra Swans
Nature Notes  2019

16042 191125  Nature Notes  Nov. 23, 2019   Craig’s Walk at Bass Ponds, one of the MVNWR units
around 30 F, sunny
Chickadees (calls), a Blue Jay, Brown Creepers, Mallards, Canada Geese, t Swans , Ring-billed Gulls, Herring Gulls, young Gulls, Hooded Mergansers, Common Mergansers, a Belted Kingfisher, a Downy Woodpecker, Scaups, Buffleheads, Goldeneyes, a Bald Eagle, a Goldfinch, Nuthatch calls,
a Gray Squirrel getting into a tree hole,
Bittersweet fruits, Duckweed (green)

Nature Notes  Nov. 23, 2019   Our Walk @ Old Cedar Ave, one of the MVNWR units
Trumpeter Swans, young Swans, Crows, Canada Geese, Goldeneyes, young Bald Eagles on ice, a young Bald Eagle flying in circles, Mallards, a Red-winged Blackbird (most likely female?), a Downy Woodpecker,
a Beaver Lodge,
an old Hornet nest
Methane bubbles under ice

Nature Notes  2019   

15897 190928    Nature Notes from Tammy's Walk at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis, MN, Sept. 28, 2019 @ 8:30 a.m. -
Bald Eagles (young, adult), Broad-winged Hawk, two flocks of Pelicans; about 20 each, a flock of about 10 Canada Geese flying in a V-formation, Nashville Warbler, Orange-crowned Warblers, Chickadees, Blue Jays, Robins, Hairy Woodpecker female, Downy Woodpecker male, Goldfinches, Catbird calls, Flicker, White-throated Sparrows,
Gray Squirrel, Chipmunk calls,
Asparagus fruits (red),
Fall colors beginning

Nature Notes 

15776 19081 Como Park Zoo welcomes first-ever baby puffin -  Aug. 16, 2019, Tufted Puffin baby
"Thank you for info, Julie, a naturalist."
Tufted Puffin Overview, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Atlantic Puffin Overview, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
First Time Cute Baby Puffin Sees World | World Beneath Your Feet | BBC - YouTube
Farne Islands - Wikipedia
Nature Notes  2019  |  Birds

15775 190819     Nature Notes     Aug. 17, 2019 @ 7:30 a.m. - , Tammy’s Walk at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis, MN
Nighthawk* flying by low, Red-eyed Vireo calls, Pewee calls, Cardinals (calls), Blue Jay calls?, Magnolia Warbler, Hummingbirds, Indigo Bunting, Robins including Juveniles, Barn Swallow, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Mourning Dove, Rose-breasted Grosbeak female, Goldfinches, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Catbirds (calls), Cowbird, Cedar Waxwing, Nuthatch calls, Chickadees (calls), Turkeys (3), Song Sparrow calls,
Butterflies: Black Swallowtail, Tiger Swallowtails, Monarchs, Red Admiral,
Dragonflies, Bumblebees, a black color - bee,
in bloom: Canada Goldenrod, American Tall Bellflower, Culver’s Root, Prairie Dock, Big Bluestem, Partridge Pee, Ragweed, Indian Grass, Woodland Sunflower, Purple Coneflower, Prairie Onion, Jewelweed, Black-eyed Susan,
fruits/seeds: Mountain Ash, Bladdernut, Asparagus, Basswood, Eastern Cedar, Curly Dock, False Indigo, Acorns, Canada Rye, Cherry, Black Raspberry, Bottlebrush Grass, Sumac, Thistle,
Hwy: Red-tailed Hawks (2), Rock Pigeons,
Common Nighthawk Overview, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Common Nighthawk in flight - YouTube
Common Nighthawk - Chordeiles minor - NatureWorks - "
The common nighthawk is not really a hawk. It is actually a member of the nightjar family. ... It is a jay-sized bird about 10 inches in length. ..."
Nature Notes 

15767 190816  C9 fledges, 8-15-19 - Charlo osprey nest - YouTube  Charlo, Montana, Aug. 15, 2019
Osprey Nest Camera - live from Charlo Montana |
"In the Twin Cities metro area, there are many osprey nests. We've seen two nests; one has two babies while the other has three; the two may have fledged."
Nature Notes  2019

15755 190811  Aug. 11, 2019  Craig’s Walk, Bass Ponds, MV National Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington, MN, 8 a.m. -, Cloudy
Indigo Bunting, Cardinal, Chimney Swifts, Hummingbird, Cedar Waxwing, Robin, Redstart, Blue Jay, Yellow Warbler, House Wren, Blue Herons, Egrets (at least 10), Wood Duck family, Mallard family, Canada Geese, a flock of about 100 Grackles flying together, Song Sparrow (songs), Common Yellowthroat, Red-eyed Vireo calls, Pewee calls, Hawk (most likely Cooper’s Hawk), Kingfisher, Rose-breasted Grosbeak,
Toads (2),
in bloom: Wild cucumber, Jewelweed, Wild Bergamot (almost done), Buffalo Grass, Stinging Nettle, Arrowhead, Snakeroot, White Campion, Bindweed, Black-eyed Susan, Purple Loosestrife, Evening Primrose,
Fruits/seeds: Cherry, Plum, Milkweed, Curly Dock, Thistle, Cattail, Oak corn, Ash
Hwy: Red-tailed Hawks (2),
5 p.m. Maplewood, MN: Goldfinch (songs), Gulls, young Rabbit
Monarch, Bumblebees,
in bloom: Purple Coneflower, Prairie Blazing Star, Cardinal Flower, Yarrow, Cup plant, Virginia Waterleaf
Fruits/seeds: False Indigo, Basswood, Blue Beech

Birds  |  Nature
Nature Notes  2019 

15708 190729  Nature Notes July 29, 2019, 12:30 p.m. Richfield, MN, Sunny 
Neotropic Cormorant* (lifer), Double-crested Cormorants; some spread their wings to dry them, Egrets, Mallard families, Cardinals, Canada Geese, Red-winged Blackbirds,
Hwy: Red-tailed Hawk,
St. Paul, MN  
Great-crested Flycatcher songs, House Sparrows, Cottontail rabbit (young), 
in bloom: Pineapple weed, Yarrow, Wild Bergamot, Sumac, Water lily,
Neotropic Cormorant Overview, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
"Thank you so much for info on the Neotropic Cormorant, Richfield, MN, Julie." It looks like a storm brought the Neotropic Cormorant here. Hope the
Neotropic Cormorant will be able to find its way back home.  The Secret Relationship Between Birds and Hurricanes | NPR
July 28, 2019, Maplewood, MN, Rain
Cardinal family, Gray Squirrel, Starlings, Mourning Dove, Barn Swallows,
lots of pesky mosquitoes, Monarch
in bloom: Joe-pye weed, Cup plant,
Oakdale, MN
Red-tailed Hawk, Egret,
Nature Notes  2019

15702 190727  Nature Notes from Craig's Walk
July 27, 2019, 8 a.m. @ Bass Ponds, around 15 attendees, Sunny
Robins and a Red-bellied Woodpecker feeding on chock cherries, Grackle, Indigo Bunting songs, Red-eyed Vireos (songs), Nuthatch, Cardinal, Mallard, Red-winged Blackbirds, Wood Duck family, Yellow Warbler, Goldfinches, Marsh Wrens, Swamp Sparrows (calls), Song Sparrow songs, Common Yellowthroats, Redstart songs, Catbirds songs & calls, Great Blue Heron, Egrets, Barn Swallows, Kestrel, Ospreys flying low in circles (2), Turkey Vulture, Willow Flycatcher* songs,
Gray Squirrel, Chipmunk
Monarch, Green Darner, Damselfly, Bees, Japanese beetles,
In bloom: Wild Bergamot, Blue Vervain, Swamp Milkweed, White Campion,
Seeds/Fruits: Thistle, Chock cherry, Mulberry

Willow Flycatcher – Fitz-bew! - YouTube
Willow Flycatcher Sounds, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology


Hwy: Egret, Red-tailed Hawk, Raccoon roadkill (2)
Curly Dock seeds

Nature Notes  2019
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge < >, Bloomington, MN  
our Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge page 

15558 190608  June 8, 2019     Tammy’s Walk - Kyla (sp ?) led the walk - , 7:30 a.m. - @ Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, Minneapolis, MN  Temp: 70 – 80 degrees F, Sunny
Hummingbird, Tom Turkey, Red-bellied Woodpecker (calls), Song Sparrow, Cardinal, Blue Jay calls, Oriole, Rose-breasted Grosbeak* (songs), Common Yellowthroat calls, Chickadee (Spring calls), Cowbird, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Great Horned owl, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-crested Flycatcher (collecting nesting materials) at close range, Pileated Woodpecker male,
Two dead nestlings on the trail; it looks like they dropped from the nest, but we can’t find the nest in trees
Snapping Turtle laying eggs,
Mosquitoes, Dragonflies, Damselflies, Bees, a Monarch butterfly,
In bloom: False Indigo, False Solomon’s Seal, Blackberry, Highbush Cranberry, Golden Alexander, Dandelion, Forget-me-not, Wild Geranium, Wild Rose, Virginia Waterleaf, Showy Lady’s Slipper (almost),
Tamarack’s cones, Horsetail,
Poison Ivy,
 Rose-breasted Grosbeak - YouTube
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Sounds, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  |  Bird Calls
Nature Notes  2019

15535 190530  Gray-Grey treefrog (Hyla versicolor) calling Video - YouTube
Tree Frog calls (FOY)  Maplewood Nature Center, Maplewood, MN, May 26, 2019; Battle Creek Regional Park, St. Paul, MN, May 30, 2019
Toad calls (FOY)  Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis, MN, May 25, 2019
Frog & Toad
Nature Notes  2019

15524 190
526-0527     May 25, 2019 @ 8 am - , Sat. Morning Walk by Steve @ Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Warblers: Redstart, Black-and-White, Canada, Yellow-rumped, Yellow, Mourning, Nashville*, Tennessee**, Chestnut-sided, Common Yellowthroat, Blackpoll, Blackburnian, Northern Waterthrush, Wilson's 
Oriole, Swainson's Thrush, Robin, Scarlet Tanager pair, Barn Swallow, Great Blue Heron, Chimney Swift?, Mallard, Wood Duck, Chickadee, Nuthatch, Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker (I missed), Grackle family: Parent and its two kids, Crow mobbing, Red-eyed Vireo, Song Sparrow, RW Blackbird, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Flycatcher (Alder - according to Gary), Pewee (FOY), Great Crested Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo?, Blue-winged Teal, Hummingbird,
Chipmunk, Gray Squirrel, Rabbit, some people saw a Muskrat, Deer (3); antlers covered with velvet
begin to re-grow. Winter coats are being replaced by summer coats+.
Toad calls (FOY)
Monarch butterfly (FOY), 
Nashville Warbler - YouTube
Nashville Warbler Sounds, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
**  Tennessee Warbler - YouTube

Tennessee Warbler Sounds, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
+  White-tailed Deer | Outdoor Alabama
Bird Calls
Nature Notes  2019 

15516 190521          May 21, 2019  Cloudy, Kris' Walk @ 9 am, Temp: around 45 degrees F, Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Robins, Grackles, Blue Jays, Great Horned Owl (FOY), a male Cardinal, a Chickadee, a Sharp-shinned Hawk, a Downy Woodpecker, a Great Crested Flycatcher, an Olive-sided Flycatcher, Red-bellied Woodpecker calls, a Philadelphia Vireo? (lifer), a Swainson’s Thrush (FOY), a Forster’s Tern (FOY), Baltimore Orioles, Hummingbirds, Wood Ducks, Red-winged Blackbirds, a Red-tailed Hawk,
Warblers: Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Mourning* (FOY), Common Yellowthroat, Blackburnian, Blackpoll, Black-and-White, Bay-breasted, American Redstart**, Connecticut  (Gary saw), Wilson’s, Northern Parula, Palm, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, Canada?, Golden-winged (Gary saw)
Deer (3), a Chipmunk, a Gray Squirrel,
in bloom: Buttercup?, Baneberry, Violet, Dandelion, Pin Cherry, Crabapple, and many more, which we aren't able to identify,   

Mourning Warbler - YouTube
Mourning Warbler Overview, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
**  American Redstart in Maine - YouTube
American Redstart Overview, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Bird Calls
Nature Notes  2019 

15520 190524     May 18, 2019 Sat. Morning Walk led by Kris, 8 am - , Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis, Minnesota   quite chilly, but no rain
Quite a few warblers in trees, especially oak
Warblers: Blackburnian*,  Redstart, Bay-breasted, Blackpoll, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided**, Northern Parula, Yellow, Nashville, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Waterthrush, Canada, Ovenbird,
Veery, Thrushes (species?), Olive-sided Flycatcher, Least (?) Flycatcher, Crow, Oriole, Robin, Chickadee, Barn Swallow, Tern, Red-tailed Hawk, Mallard family, Cardinal, Turkey, Hummingbird, Gull?, Grackle, Red-winged blackbird, Wood Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Starling,
young Deer, Gray Squirrel, Chipmunk
in bloom: Violet, Canada Violet, Crabapple, Juneberry, Lilac, mysterious small white flowers, …
House Finch, Mourning Dove, Pine Siskin, Mallard family, 
Robin parent covers its nestlings using its body on the nest probably due to the cold temp.
Blackburnian Warbler - YouTube
Blackburnian Warbler Sounds, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
**  Chestnut-sided Warbler Sounds, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Chestnut-sided Warbler - YouTube
Bird Calls
Nature Notes  2019 

15483 190507   Four newly hatched goslings with their Mom on the nest, May 5, 2019  
Canada Goose Life History, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology 
atchlings leave the nest when 1-2 days old, depending on weather ...
Goose Family
Nature Notes  2019   

15481 190506  Photo 5    Mom Mallard duck and her 12 ducklings crossing the trail.  May 4, 2019; our first ducklings of the season
Mallard duck family

Nature Notes  2019  

15478 190505     May 5, 2019  Gorgeous Spring Day, Craig’s Walk @ 8 am, Bass Ponds
White-throated Sparrows, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Yellow Warblers, Mourning Doves, Blue Herons, Marsh Wrens*, House Wren** calls, Swamp Sparrows, Song Sparrows, a Sora, Red-winged Blackbirds, a Merlin (FOY), a Sharp-shinned Hawk (FOY), a Broad-winged Hawk, Sandhill Cranes flying low overhead (FOY), Caspian Terns (FOY), a Common Yellowthroat (FOY), Swallows: Cliff (FOY), Barn, Tree, Rough-winged, Bank (Lifer), Ruddy Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Lesser Scaups, Wood Ducks, Canada Geese, Mallards, Goldfinches, a House Sparrow (FOY),
a Northern Waterthrush, Robins, a Barred Owl, Cormorants flying overhead, an unhatched Goose egg on the nest
a Deer in the winter coat,
a Toad (about 2 inches long, FOY), Chorus Frog calls,
a Red Admiral (FOY), a mysterious Butterfly (dark color) fluttering, Green Darners,
Two victims: likely a Red-winged Blackbird and Duck
In Bloom: Blood Root
Marsh Wren - YouTube
**  House Wren Song - YouTube
Bird Calls
Nature Notes  2019  

15475 190504   Nature Notes     May 4, 2019  7:30 a.m. -   Tammy’s Walk @ Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary &Theodore Wirth Park
a Gorgeous Spring Day 
Baltimore Orioles* (FOY), Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a Red-tailed Hawk, a Bald Eagle, Red-bellied Woodpecker calls, American Robins**, Song Sparrows, Yellow-rumped Warblers, a Pleated Woodpecker, Barn Swallows, Tree Swallows, Red-winged Blackbirds (calls), Goldfinches, Turkeys, a female Cardinal, Blue Jay calls, Nuthatch calls,

Baltimore Oriole singing in a tree - YouTube
**  American Robin Song - YouTube
Bird Calls
Nature Notes  2019   

15454 190428     April 28, 2019  Red-bellied Woodpecker calls, a male Cardinal, Ruby-crowned Kinglets*, Yellow-rumped Warblers**, Chickadees, Red-winged Blackbirds (calls), A Blackbird in the distance (unidentified), Mallards, Canada Geese: two nests, Wood Ducks, Palm Warblers (FOY), Blue-winged Teals, Tree Swallows (about 20), a Blue Heron flying overhead, Crows,
Trees begin to leaf out: for example, Ironwood, Dogwood
, and many more.
Nature Notes  2019
Identify Your Common Backyard Birds - YouTube

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - YouTube
Yellow rumped warbler song - YouTube

Spring Warbler Warm-up Quiz - YouTube
Bird Calls - in 2019 we try to learn bird calls

15452 190427     Nature Notes: April 27, 2019 Sat. Morning, Cloudy, Temp: around 40 Degrees F, a little bit windy, Tammy’s Walk @ Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary, and Theodore Wirth Park
Red-bellied Woodpecker calls, White-throated Sparrow calls*, Blue Jays: one carrying nesting materials in its beak, Cardinals, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Pine Siskins (FOY), a Cowbird, Yellow-rumped Warblers, a Hermit Thrush, a lone Coot, Sora calls (FOY), a Lark Sparrow (Lifer), a Gull, Turkeys, Chickadees (spring calls), Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, Woodpecker drumming, Mallards, Robins,
White-throated Sparrow Whistler of the North - YouTube
In Bloom: Hepatica, Bloodroot, White Trout Lily, Yellow Trout Lily, Snow Trillium, Purple Trillium (almost), False Rue Anemone, Skunk Cabbage, Marsh Marigold, Red Maple, Maple (unidentified species), Leatherwood, Dutchman’s Breeches,
Fiddlehead, fallen Catkins (unidentified) on the trail, Tamarack’s new tiny leaves coming out, Weeping Willow’s yellow twigs, Dogwood’s red stems,
Notes: Woodland flowers may not open fully on a rainy day and even on cloudy days.
spring wildflowers | Roads End Naturalist
Chorus Frog calls,
“The new boardwalk is very nice.”

Minnesota Wildflowers in Bloom
Nature Notes  2019 

15437 190423-0424    Nature Notes from Kris’ Walk @ Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis, MN, April 23, 2019
Ruby-crowned Kinglets*, a female Golden-crowned Kinglet** (FOY), Goldfinches, Robins, Wood Ducks, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Downy Woodpeckers, Woodpecker drumming, a Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrows (FOY), Swamp Sparrows (FOY), Yellow-rumped Warblers, Cardinals (calls), a Brown Thrush (FOY), Northern Sovelers, Blue-winged Teals, Mallards, a Ring-billed Gull, Red-winged Blackbirds (calls), Chickadees,
Lake Harriet: Horned Grebes, Pied-billed Grebes (FOY), Red-breasted Mergansers, a Bonaparte’s Gull (FOY), Scaups (FOY), 
White-tailed Deer (2), a Gray Squirrel
Wood Frog calls, Chorus Frog calls,
a small mysterious Butterfly
In Bloom:  Crocus (FOY), Snowdrop (FOY)

Trees begin to leaf out
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Identification, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology The “ruby crown” of the male is only occasionally visible.
**  We haven't seen a male Golden-crowned Kinglet. Here are the two males. Pair of Golden Crowned Kinglets - YouTube

Nature Notes  2019  

15428 190420  It's a gorgeous spring day.   
Nature Notes from Tammy's Bird Walk @ Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis, MN, April 20, 2019
a Song Sparrow (calls), a male Cardinal (calls), Goldfinches, a Cowbird?, Sharp-shinned Hawk?, Turkey Vultures, a flock of about 10 Cormorants flying by, a flock of about 100 White Pelicans (So Cool, FOY) flying in circles, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Red-winged Blackbirds (calls), a Hermit Thrush, Sapsucker's holes in a horizontal row on a pine tree
, Canada Geese, Blue Jay calls, Turkeys (calls), 
a Chipmunk (FOY)
Chorus Frog calls
In bloom: Snow Trillium (FOY), Skunk Cabbage (FOY)?, Hepatica (FOY)?
Trout Lily leaves appearing in the woodland area

15427 190420  Nature Notes from Kris’ Walk @ Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis, MN, April 16, 2019
Blue Jays, a Cardinal, a Downy Woodpecker pair making a nest hole, a Hermit Thrush, Blue-winged Teals (FOY), a male Northern Shoveler (FOY), Mallards, a flock of about 10 Cormorants (FOY) flying overhead in a V formation, a Blue Heron?, Turkeys, Robins, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, Grackles (FOY), an Osprey (FOY) flying by, a Fox Sparrow, a Flicker?,
Lake Harriet:  Loons, Buffleheads, a raft of about 100 Coots (FOY), Horned Grebes (FOY), Red-breasted Mergansers, Ring-billed Gulls,

Nature Notes  2019 

15416 190416  Ice-out: April 9, 2019 Lake Harriet*, Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota Lake Ice Out Dates - Minnesota DNR  As long as we observed, Lake Harriet was about 50% ice-covered as of April 9, 2019, around noon.
Nature Notes  2019

April 13, 2019  Maplewood Nature Center:  Fox Sparrows, a Red-tailed Hawk flying in circles, Juncos, a Nuthatch, a Wren?, Trumpeter Swans, a Cardinal pair (calls), Blue Jay calls, a Killdeer (calls), Woodpecker drumming, Downy Woodpeckers, Canada Geese, Mallards, Wood Ducks, Red-winged Blackbirds (calls), Robins,
a Gray Squirrel, a Red Squirrel, Tracks in snow: Coyote, Mallard Duck, Canada Goose, and Turkey
St. Paul, MN:  Fox Sparrows, Loons (calls), Ring-billed Gulls, Red-breasted Mergansers, Robins, Red-winged Blackbirds, Mallards, Canada Geese, a flock of about 100 red-breasted mergansers (?), another flock of about 10 red-breasted mergansers,
The 2019 Lake Phalen ice-out occurred on April 10th.
Minnesota Lake Ice Out Dates - Minnesota DNR

15398 190411  UPDATE: 150 Delta Connection flights cancel as winter storm bears down on Minneapolis-St. Paul, surrounding region - Delta News Hub  April 11, 2019
The snow is bad enough, but officials say wind is worse -

LIVE: Powerhouse blizzard wreaks havoc on travel as intense storm brings wide range of wild weather to central US
Noon Weather Report - WCCO CBS Minnesota

Update: High winds cause damage in the Northland Duluth | News Tribune
Nature Notes: April 11, 2019, Maplewood Nature Center, Cloudy: a flock of several Ring-necked Ducks* (FOY), Ring-billed Gulls flying overhead, Mallards, Canada Geese; two males fighting and their partners making calls, a Blue Jay, Wood Ducks,
a Gray Squirrel
No flowers
*  We seemed to scare them so that they flew away.
"The blizzard dumped about 10 inches of snow in Maplewood, MN. Yikes."
Nature Notes  2019 
15413 190415  Photos from Kris' Walk @ Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis, MN, April 9, 2019
Photo  1  Red-breasted Merganser courtship display  |  2a / 2b  Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers  |  3a  Two Rusty Blackbirds  |  3b  Rusty Blackbird (Front View)  |  3c  Rusty Blackbird (Side View)  | 4a/4b  Loon's Green Neck Collar
Nature Notes  2019 
15395 190409-0415  Nature Notes  April 9, 2019, Kris' Walk @ Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis, MN
Photo  2a / 2b  Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers  (FOY), 4a/4b  Loon's Green Neck Collar; Loons (FOY), Red-breasted Mergansers*, Ring-billed Gulls on ice, a Robin (calls), Blue Jays (calls), Cardinal calls, Crows, a Turkey flying, Rusty Blackbirds**, a Downy Woodpecker pair, a Turkey Vulture flying in circles, a Goldeneye?, a Yellow-rumped Warbler?, a Fox Sparrow?, Red-winged Blackbirds (calls), Mallards, Canada Geese, 
a Gray Squirrel
a Mourning Cloak butterfly (FOY)

*  Photo  1  Red-breasted Merganser courtship display
We think we saw
Red-breasted Mergansers Displaying - YouTube
Red-breasted Merganser courtship display - YouTube
**  3a  Two Rusty Blackbirds  |  3b  Rusty Blackbird (Front View)  |  3c  Rusty Blackbird (Side View) 
Ice-out occurred*;  As long as we observed, Lake Harriet was about 50% ice-covered as of April 9, 2019, around noon.
Minnesota Lake Ice Out Dates - Minnesota DNR

St. Paul, MN:  a Loon, an Egret (FOY) fishing, a Blue Heron flying by, a Bald Eagle nest; a parent incubating on the nest, Red-winged Blackbirds (calls), a Cormorant flying overhead, Chickadees (spring and alert calls),
Western Chorus Frog calls (FOY)

April 7, 2019  St. Paul, MN:  a Junco, a Fox Sparrow, a Song Sparrow calls, Turkeys (5; 2 males, One Tom Turkey in display), Wood Ducks, Mallards, Canada Geese; one pair nesting, a Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-winged Blackbirds (calls), Chickadee calls
a Red Squirrel, a Gray (whitish) Squirrel 
Nature Notes 

15394 190409  Minnesota Weather: April Storm Could Bring A Foot Of Snow And ‘Thundersnow’ – WCCO CBS Minnesota
Nature Notes  2019

15384 190406     Nature Notes, St. Paul, MN, April 6, 2019, Cloudy    Canada Geese – one pair nesting , Mallards, Hermit Thrushes, Wood Ducks, a Bald Eagle, Ring-billed Gull, a Blue Jay, Crows, House Sparrows, a Robin, Blue Herons flying overhead,
White-tailed Deer (3 or 4, winter coats), Red Squirrels, Muskrats, Gray Squirrels,
Coyote (?) poop,
Tanners Lake: We think Ice-out for the lake will occur soon.

Nature Notes  2019

15378 190404  Home: BirdCast
Live Migration Maps: BirdCast
Nature Notes  2019

15372 190402-0403  Nature Notes  April 2, 2019, Kris' Walk @ Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis, MN
Flickers, Goldfinches, Juncos, Downy Woodpeckers, Ring-billed Gulls, Red-breasted Mergansers*, a Bald Eagle**, Fox Sparrows, Cardinals (calls), Crows, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Canada Geese, Mallards, Wood Ducks, 
a Mink (or Groundhog)
Photo: 3  Red-breasted Mergansers swimming in front of the Bald Eagle
Red-breasted Merganser Overview, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology  |  Red-breasted Merganser (English/Japanese)

**  Bald Eagle Photos: 
1:  A Bald Eagle standing on ice near open water     2:  A Bald Eagle checking out its reflection in the water surface.
April 2, 2019 
Eagle Diet & Feeding  National Eagle Center - Wabasha, Minnesota, Wabasha, MN

a Canada Goose roadkill
Bald Eagles  |  Birds  |  List of birds of Minnesota - Wikipedia
Nature Notes 

15370 190401  Nature Notes  April 1, 2019, St. Paul, Cloudy, around 30 degrees F
Canada Geese, Mallards, Hooded Mergansers, Ring-billed Gulls, American Robins, Red-tailed Hawks
Rock Pigeons, American Crows, Red-winged Blackbirds, a Bald Eagle nest; parents incubating, Red-winged Blackbirds trying to chase the Bald Eagles away in mid-air, Blue Herons, 
a Muskrat (first one of the season) swimming in open water, a Cottontail Rabbit roadkill
March 31, 2019, St. Paul, Cloudy
Red-winged Blackbirds (calls, feeding on something on the ground), American Crows, a Mallard pair, Chickadees, A Bald Eagle flying in circles,
Gray Squirrels
March 30, 2019, St. Paul, MN
a Ring-billed Gull 
"Phew! It's time to do your taxes. Very Busy!" 
April 15, 2019   Tax Day 
Nature Notes  2019 

15348 190326-0328  Nature Notes  March 28, 2019  Canada Geese, Chickadees, a Cardinal, Crows, House Sparrows, a Red-tailed Hawk pair flying together: We've never seen a courtship flight of a the Red-tailed Hawk pair like the following "Very Cool" video posted by Ferris Akel.
Red-tailed Hawk Courtship Flight, 3-4-2016 (HD) - YouTube:
with the two coming together, locking talons, and spinning each other in midair. @ 4:15
Nature Notes  March 27, 2019, Some parts of the trail are flooded*. The rest of the trail is slippery due to snow and ice.  Mallards, Crow mobbing, Chickadees, Red-winged Blackbirds (calls), Cardinal?,
a White-tailed Deer
Melting record snowpack, rain expected to cause flooding - MPR News  March 13, 2019
March 26, 2019, some parts of the trail are still covered with snow.
Canada Geese (honking), a pair of Hooded Mergansers, Mallards (calls), Crows, Red-winged Blackbirds (calls, not on cattails, but in trees), a Blue Heron, a female Cardinal, Chickadees (calls)
a Gray Squirrel,

Nature Notes  2019

15340 190325     Nature Notes  The Twin Cities metro area, Minnesota
March 25, 2019  a gorgeous spring day, Canada Geese, Mallards, a Ring-billed Gull, Chickadees (calls), House Sparrows (returning to old nests), a pair of Bald Eagles (adults) flying together,
Info from our birder friends: A week ago, a beaver was sighted in Bloomington, MN; About a week ago, a muskrat was seen in St. Paul, MN.

March 24, 2019 
A pair of House Finches, Crows, Chickadees, Red-winged Blackbirds (calls) near feeding stations, Canada Geese (honking), a Bald Eagle flying in circles
Finally, temperatures are often above the freezing-point.

Past Weather in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA — Yesterday or Further Back
Minnesota Birding by Season Spring » Bird Watcher's Digest
Nature Notes  2019   

15335 19032 Nature Notes from Craig's Walk, Bass Ponds, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge  Sunny
Canada Goose, Brown Creeper, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Red-winged Blackbird, Blue Heron, Swan, Greater Yellowlegs, Common Merganser, Blue Jay, Cardinal (calls), Robin, Black-capped Chickadee (alert and spring calls), Ring-billed Gull, Bald Eagle, Ring-necked Duck, Common Goldeneye, Mallard Duck, Song Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird,
Vole*, Muskrat Lodge
How To Identify If You Have Gophers, Moles, Or Voles Digging Up Your Yard. - YouTube
Turkey, Red-winged Blackbird @ MVNWR HQ

Nature Notes  2019   

15316 190318-0319  Nature Notes, St. Paul, MN
March 19, 2019  a flock of about 30 Canada Geese - looks like a big family has returned to the same nesting site - on the frozen pond
March 18, 2019  Red-tailed Hawks (3)
March 17, 2019  a flock of about 50 European Starlings, a male Cardinal, Chickadees (calls), Crows, a Downy Woodpecker, Rock Pigeons
March 13, 2019  a Bald Eagle incubating on the nest

March 10, 2019  a Blue Jay, Chickadees, Crows
March 6, 2019  a flock of about 50 Mallard ducks

Feb. 24, 2019  a male Cardinal, Chickadees (spring calls), Crows (2), Gray Squirrels (2)
Feb. 17, 2019  a Gray Squirrel, two dead Gray Squirrels, which were most likely attacked by predators, on the snow-covered trail, a male Cardinal

Feb. 10, 2019  Woodpecker drumming, a female Cardinal, Chickadees (3), Gray Squirrels (2)
Feb. 3, 2019  Chickadees (5), Pileated Woodpecker calls, Crow mobbing (a Great Horned Owl?), Gray Squirrels (2)

Nature Notes  2019 
List of birds of Minnesota - Wikipedia

15278 190307  Minnesota DNR Eagle Cam ~ Squirrel Brought To Nest As Breakfast ESCAPES! ~ Morning Mating 1.12.19 - YouTube
Nature Notes  2019  |  Bald Eagles   

15223 190220  Decorah North Nest | Eagles in the snow ~ 02-17-2019 - YouTube  Decorah, Iowa
Decorah Eagles Cam - watch live footage of Bald Eagles |
Nature Notes  2019  |  Bald Eagles

15181 190210-0211  Nature Notes  Feb. 11, 2019     Saw a Bald Eagle flying very low in front of our car while driving.
Feb. 10, 2019     It's been snowing all day!
Chickadees (3, calls), a female Northern Cardinal, Woodpecker drumming
Gray Squirrels (2)
Moss is green and Lichens are colorful.
Walked on the ice-covered pond.
Feb. 8, 2019  Lake Phalen, Sunny
A flock of several Robins, Ice fishing (3+), an Ice fish house
Nature Notes  2019  

15146 190202  Nature Notes: a flock of around 10 Robins, Rock Pigeons  Feb. 1, 2019, St. Paul, MN
Nature Notes  2019

15130 190128  They don't all fly south 8 birds to look for this winter in Minnesota -
Jan. 28, 2019  4 degrees F ( -15.5 degrees C)  a Blue Jay, Chickadees, a sparrow (House Sparrow?) at feeders, a small snowman
Jan. 27, 2019  3 degrees F ( -16 degrees C)
a Bald Eagle flying over the Mississippi, a Red-tailed Hawk flying in circles, Rock Pigeons,
Jan. 23, 2019  A Red-tailed Hawk flying overhead
Jan. 22, 2019  Two Red-tailed Hawks perching on the top of a street lighting pole - around 5 m high.
Jan. 20, 2019 
3 degrees F ( -16 degrees C)  Window Frost, a Crow, at feeders: Chickadees (calls), Blue Jays, a small hawk (most likely, Cooper's Hawk), Gray Squirrels
Nature Notes  2019

15102 190119-0120  Nature Notes  Window Frost forms.  Window Frost photos
Minneapolis, MN, Jan. 19, 2019, 11 a.m.  Temp: 5 degrees F ( -15 degrees C)
Minneapolis, MN, Jan. 20, 2019, 11 a.m.  Temp: 3 degrees F ( -16 degrees C)
Past Weather Information for the Twin Cities
Jan. 20, 2019  a Crow, Chickadees (calls), a Hawk (small?), Blue Jays,
Gray Squirrels,
Nature Notes  2019  

15089 190114 
Hiking on icy trails: The best crampons and traction devices  Midwest Weekends
Crampons - Wikipedia

15088 190114 
Nature Notes: Cloudy. Almost no snow on the ground, but some parts of the park trail were icy and slippery. We heard Barred Owl calls* on our walk.  St. Paul, MN, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
*  "Who cooks for you?" calls  BARRED OWL AMAZING VOCALS! - YouTube
Barred Owl Pair Photos:  12  |  3

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