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13697 171217-1218  Nature Notes:  Chickadees (calls), Cardinal calls, Crows, Gray Squirrels, a WT Deer crossing before our car at dusk,
Walking, Dog Walking, Jogging,
Cross-Country Skiing
our first Snowman of the season, Christmas yard lights are pretty. 
Nature Notes  2017

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Nature Notes, Washington County, Minnesota  Temperature: 11 -  3  Degrees C
A few flocks of about 10 Blue Jays and about 10 American Robins, a Junco, some Sparrows (unidentified), a flock of about 10 Mallards flying overhead, a flock of about 50 Canada Geese sitting on the grass,
a small rodent (unidentified) crossing the trail before us, many Gopher's Mounds, Horse poop on the trail
In Bloom: some Fleabane
Seeds/Fruits: Sumac, Ash, Black Walnut, Canada Goldenrod, Thistle, White Pine
Fall Colors: Maple, Oak, Quaking Aspen, Virginia Creeper, Wild Grape, Sumac, ...
People: Walking, Running, Mountain Biking

Nature Notes  2017 

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 Nature Notes, Washington County, Minnesota
Blue Grosbeaks* (our first ones), an Eastern Bluebird family, Turkey Vultures flying in circles, Song Sparrows, mysterious medium-sized birds (they might be a family, identifying), an Egret fishing, Barn Swallows, a Red-tailed Hawk,
Dragonflies including Green Darner, a Red Admiral butterfly, Bumblebees, Paper Wasps, Crickets, Carolina Grasshoppers, Annual Cicada calls
In Bloom: Goldenrod (Canada and Stiff), False Sunflower, Butter-And-Eggs, Common Mullein,
Seeds/Fruits: Milkweed, Curly Dock,
* "Monica, a photographer, thank you for the great directions to locate the birds."
"Julie, a naturalist, thank you for info on blue grosbeaks spotted at Flying Cloud Airport a month ago or so."

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  Bird Walk led by Steve, September 2, 2017, 8 a.m. - , Roberts Bird Sanctuary
a GH owl, a Cardinal, Blue Jay calls, Chickadees (calls), Black & White Warblers, Redstarts, a Swainson's Thrush (?), a Hairy Woodpecker, a Downy Woodpecker, a Turkey family, a Gull, Goldfinches, a mysterious small bird (brown back and yellow belly, unidentified, Steve was not with us then)
Deer family: parents with fawns, two fawns (still wearing spotted reddish coats): each sitting on the grass alone, a Cottontail rabbit, Gray squirrels (calls), Chipmunk calls,
a Monarch butterfly, Bees such as bumblebees,
In Bloom: Goldenrod (Canada and Zigzag), Jewelweed, Snakeroot, Bittersweet Nightshade, Evening Primrose, Thistle, Bottle Gentian, Yellow flowers similar to Sunflowers (a few different species, investigating)
Cardinal flower, Joe-Pye Weed, Cup Plant, Rough Blazing Star, Common Sunflower, Purple Coneflower, Red Turtlehead,
Fruits/Seeds: Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Milkweed, Ironwood, False Indigo, Sumac, mysterious red fruits (investigating)
Fall Colors: Virginia Creeper

Guided Bird Walk @ Roberts Bird Sanctuary
Fall Bird Walks: Aug. 26 through Sept. 23, Saturdays, starting at 8 a.m.
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13167 170823  Nature Notes, August 23, 2017, Ramsey County, MN
Blue Jays (calls), brown medium sized birds (unidentified)
, Goldfinches (calls), a Red-tailed Hawk, About 50 Barn Swallows (calls) get together and seem to prepare to migrate south, Barn Swallow babies just fledged from the nest, Chickadee calls,
a Cottontail rabbit, a young Deer, Pocket Gopher Mounds,
a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly, Cabbage White butterflies, a Gorgone Checkerspot butterfly, a Little Wood-Satyr butterfly (most likely), Paper Wasps, Japanese Beetles, Carolina Grasshoppers, Ants (unidentified species)
in Bloom: Canada Goldenrod, Daisy Fleabane, Wild Cucumber, Black-eyed Susan, Common Tansy, Cup Plant, Birds-foot Trefoil, Thistle, Queen Anne's Lace, Campion, Dandelion
Fruits/Seeds:  Bur Oak, Boxelder, Amur Maple, Ash, Ironwood, Black Walnut, Sumac, Curly Dock, Dandelion seed head, Thistle seed head
Goldenrod galls, Sumac galls,
Fall Colors: some Sumac leaves begin to turn red
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2  Nature Notes, August 21, 2017, Washington County, MN, Viewed a partial solar eclipse.
Blue Jays (calls), brown medium sized birds (unidentified)
, Goldfinches (calls), a Red-tailed Hawk, a Pheasant, a mysterious bird call, Barn Swallows, Gulls, a Mallard duck family - kids are almost as large as their mom - crossing the trail just before us,
a Wild Cat (?), Pocket Gopher Mounds,
Monarch, Paper Wasp
in Bloom:  Goldenrod, Daisy Fleabane, Wild Cucumber, Black-eyed Susan, Common Tansy, Cup Plant, Birds-foot Trefoil
, Thistle, Queen Anne's Lace  
Fruits/Seeds:  Bur Oak, Boxelder, Amur Maple, Ash, Ironwood, Black Walnut, Japanese Tree Lilac*, Sumac,
* Carole, a naturalist, thank you for identifying the fruits.
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13087 170806  Temperature:  High 70 F (21 C), Low 58 F (14 C), Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 6, 2017
Minneapolis, MN Weather Forecast and Conditions - The Weather Channel

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Temperature: High 69 F (21 C); Low 57 F (14 C)
pretty cool, cloudy
July 13, 2017  Minneapolis, MN
Nature Notes:  Broad-winged Hawks at close range (calls; Rod, thank you for spotting those), a Red-tailed Hawk, Robins, Catbird calls, Blue Jay calls, Chickadee calls, a Great-crested Flycatcher (calls); to our surprise, it showed up, responding to our fake calls, a Song Sparrow, Starling nests, Mourning Doves, Common Yellowthroat calls, Rock Pigeons, Double-crested Cormorants flying low overhead (flight calls were heard), Crows
, Red-eyed Vireo calls
Gray Squirrels,
No insects on the wing in the morning (too cold)
in Bloom:  Black-eyed Susan, Fleabane, Goat's Beard, Thistle (we don't know which thistle), Sumac, Cow Parsnip (almost done), Yarrow, Wild Blue Phlox, Campion, Birds-foot Trefoil, Creeping Bellflower, Hoary Alyssum, Milkweed,
Goat's Beard, Blue Beech, White Cedar, Black Raspberry, Ash, Boxelder, Honeysuckle, Black Walnut, Curly Dock, mysterious fruits on the trail (green, a half inch in size; not black walnut)
Many mysterious grass fruits (trying to identify species)
Fall Colors: some Sumac leaves (vivid red),
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12908 170627 Nature Notes, June 27, 2017, Sunny, around 70 degrees F 
Great-crested Flycatchers, Red-tailed Hawks, a Turkey Vulture, a Bald Eagle, Egrets, Grackles, Red-winged Blackbirds, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Downy Woodpeckers, House Sparrows, a Baltimore Oriole, a House Wren (calls, baby calls), Yellowthroat calls, Barn Swallows, a Turkey, Blue Herons, Robin calls,
Gray Squirrels, Chipmunks, 13-lined Ground Squirrels,
a Garter Snake crossing the trail
a Monarch, a Cabbage White, Ants (unidentified), Mosquitoes
a bee house*
Bee Kind MN  What is the Problem?
a swift tower**
Chimney Swift Conservation Project : Making Habitat for Chimney Swifts
Chimney Swift Conservation | Audubon Minnesota
Annual Chimney Swift Sit | Audubon Minnesota

in Bloom:  Milkweed, Butterfly-weed, Black-eyed Susan, Ox-eye (False Sunflower), Crown Vetch, Daisy Fleabane, Japanese Tree Lilac, Creeping Bellflower, Yarrow, Purple Coneflower (Echinacea), Hoary Alyssum, Birds-foot Trefoil, Lead Plant, Yellow Wood Sorrel, Campion, Ox-eye Daisy (most likely), a mysterious flower (could be ‘Spreading Yellow-cress’)
Fruits/Seeds:  Black Raspberry, Curly Dock,

12901 170625-0626  Nature Notes, June 25, 2017,
Cloudy & Chilly; 55 degrees F (13 degrees C) 
Craig’s Walk, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge 
House Wrens (calls), Catbirds,
Great-crested Flycatchers (calls), a Redstart male (calls), Red-eyed Vireo calls*, Robins (calls*), a Red-tailed Hawk, Blue Herons, an Egret, a Hooded Merganser family, Cowbirds, Grackles, Waxwings, Virginia Railing calls, Goldfinches, Red-winged Blackbirds, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, a Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpeckers, Turkeys, Common Yellowthroat calls, Barn Swallows, a Phoebe, Pewee calls, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Chickadees, a Song Sparrow, Yellow Warblers, a Wood Duck female, Indigo Buntings (calls**), a Mourning Dove,
Gray Squirrels, 13-lined Ground Squirrels,
a Monarch caterpillar on the Milkweed leaf, a Dragonfly, a Cabbage White butterfly; we don't see many butterflies and dragonflies***, no Mosquitoes****
***  10 Things You May Not Know about Butterflies  butterflies can't fly if the temperature is below 60 degrees F.
****  Mosquito Facts - Things You Should Know hubpages
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In Bloom: Black-eyed Susan, Ox-eye (False Sunflower), Fleabane, Milkweed, Butterfly-weed, Curly Dock, Dame’s Rocket, Yellow Sweet Clover, Mullein, False Indigo, Campion, Hoary Alyssum, Birds-foot Trefoil, White Clover, Crown Vetch, Canada Thistle?,
Fruits:  Black Raspberry, Honey Suckle, False Indigo,
Growing quickly: Wood Nettle, Arrowhead, Goldenrod, Indian Hemp,

*  Calls: Red-eyed Vireo vs. Robin
Red-eyed Vireo Portrait - YouTube
Robin Singing - YouTube

**  Listen to Calls: Indigo Bunting - YouTube
Nature Notes  2017 

12861 170614  Nature Notes, June 13, 2017, Sunny
a Blue Heron in flight, Barn Swallows, House Sparrows, Crows, Red-winged Blackbirds
a Painted Turtle laying eggs
Frog calls (unidentified species)
Oak galls, Spittlebugs*
Ant Hills
In Bloom: Japanese Tree Lilac, Birds-foot Trefoil, Crown Vetch, White Clover, Curly Dock, Spurge
Seeds/Fruits:  Boxelder samaras, Black Walnut (still small and green fruits)
spittlebug foam - Google Search  photos

Spittlebugs: Fruit: Yard and Garden: University of Minnesota Extension
Froghopper  Spittlebug nymphs 

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Matt’s Walk with Karen @ Arboretum; this morning one of our staff members joined Matt for his nature walk.
a hot, sunny, and windy day, no pesky mosquitoes:  a Red-tailed Hawk in flight, Clay-colored Sparrows (calls),  Kingbirds,  Field Sparrow calls, Song Sparrow calls, Mourning Doves, Turkeys, Eastern Bluebird nest box* (blue eggs), Tree Swallow nest box (white eggs); wren nest / bluebird nest - nest box**, Common Yellowthroat calls, Bobolink males (calls), a Dickcissel (calls), a Turkey Vulture flying overhead, Crows, Savannah Sparrow calls?
Tiger Swallowtail, Monarch, Green Darner, Bumblebee
In Bloom: Lady’s Slippers: Pink and Yellow, Blue Flag iris, Vetch, Alfalfa, Spurge, Fleabane, Curly Dock, Japanese Tree Lilac, Basswood, Ox-eye (False Sunflower),
Seeds/Fruits: Ash, Boxelder, Black Walnut (still small green fruits),
Cattle grid - Wikipedia
Welcome Bluebirds With Nestboxes | Audubon
Eastern Bluebird
: Audubon Field Guide
Eastern Bluebird, Identification, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology  Listen to calls
Eastern bluebird - Wikipedia
Our Bluebird photos

**  » There are Wrens in My Bluebird Boxes!

12822 170604  Nature Notes: June 4, 2017:  Sunny, High Temp: 88 F (31 C), Bloomington
 Tree Swallow nests, Blue Herons in flight, Mallard families, a Hooded Merganser family; babies dive to hunt, Robins, Song Sparrows, a Sparrow?, Catbirds (calls), a Turkey Vulture flying overhead, Red-tailed Hawks, a pair of Turkeys: Tom displays, a Cardinal, a Goldfinch, a Chickadee nest, a Mourning Dove, Grackles,
 Gray Squirrels,
 Painted Turtles laying eggs on nests, a Snapping Turtle coming out of the pond
 Monarch, Red-spotted Purple?, Dragonflies including Green Darner
 In Bloom: Fleabane, Highbush Cranberry, Basswood, Yarrow, Canada Anemone, Wild Rose
 Seeds: Cottonwood, Ash, Dandelion
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 Canada Goose families, very young Swallows
(unidentified species), Wood Ducks, a Blue Jay, Mallards, Barn Swallows in flight, a Cliff Swallow colony, Starlings, House Sparrow nests, House Finch nests (fledged)
 Painted Turtles summing on the log 
 Dragonfly larval skin* (Jean found)

The Secret World of Dragonflies | Short Film Showcase - YouTube
In Bloom: Water Lily, Golden Alexander, 

12805 170530-0531  Nature Notes on Kris' Walk: May 30, 2017:  Cloudy    Again, one of our staff members took a day off to join Kris for her bird walk on May 30, 2017. 
Morning Walk:  Robin incubates on the nest, a Mourning Dove, Grackles, Crows, a Wood Duck family, Great-crested Flycatchers (calls), Red-winged Blackbirds, Gnatcatchers, Hummingbirds, a Blue Jay, a Canada Goose family; goslings are becoming big, a Mallard duck family, a young Krider’s Red-tailed Hawk, which was not afraid of us, an Oriole nest, Red-eyed vireo (calls), a Warbling vireo, a Swainson’s Thrush, Cowbirds,
Gray Squirrels
In Bloom:  Wild Geranium, Shooting Star, Highbush Cranberry, Wild Onion, Virginia Waterleaf, False Indigo, Spiderwort,
Fruits/Seeds:  Juneberry, Cottonwood, Dandelion Seedheads,

Afternoon Walk:  Tree Swallows, a Barn Swallow, Yellow Warblers, Song Sparrows, Robins, Cedar Waxwings, Goldfinches, Pileated Woodpecker calls, Barred Owl calls*, Robins, a Mallard duck family, a Hooded Merganser family, a Canada Goose family, Broad-winged Hawks, a Turkey Vulture, Ospreys in flight; an Osprey platform, Yellowthroat calls, Crows, Downy Woodpeckers, a Sedge Wren (calls), a Field Sparrow (calls), Gulls, Indigo Buntings (calls), an Eastern Bluebird, a Catbird,
a Deer with summer coat, Gopher’s Mounds
In Bloom:  Spurge, Dame’s Rocket, American Yellow Rocket, White Campion,
Fruits:  Wild Red Raspberry
Fungi, Duckweed,

Listen to owl calls - five owl species:  Barred Owl "Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you?"

12774 170523-0524  Nature Notes on Kris' Walk: May 23, 2017:  Cloudy    One of our staff members took a day off to join Kris for her bird walk on May 23, 2017. "Kris, The walk was amazing! Thank you so much."

Morning:  Hummingbirds, Chimney Swifts, woodpecker drumming, Connecticut Warblers* (calls), Chestnut-sided Warblers (calls), Common Yellowthroats (calls), Magnolia Warblers, Yellow Warblers, a Canada Warbler, Redstarts, a Bay-breasted Warbler, a Blackburnian Warbler, a Veery, Cardinals, Red-eyed Vireos (calls), Orioles (calls), Robins (calls), Crows, Gnatcatchers, Mallards, a Caspian Tern flying over the lake, a pair of Loons, a Cormorant flying overhead, Red-winged Blackbirds, a Pied-billed Grebe
*  Listen to calls 
Connecticut_Warbler, Identification, All About Birds

a Turkey, Red-tailed Hawk (Krider’s Red-tailed**), a Sharp-shinned Hawk, a Broad-winged Hawk: “It all happened in the blink of an eye.” A Krider’s Red-tailed Hawk flew down from its perch to try to get a Turkey on the trail, and then a Sharp-shinned Hawk appeared out of no where to go after the Krider’s Red-tailed Hawk. So the Krider’s Red-tailed Hawk flew away to perch on a branch in a tree, which is about 50 yards away from the trail. We didn't know where the Turkey and the Sharp-shinned Hawk went. Anyways, the good news is that nobody got hurt.
Three Hawks (most likely Red-tailed) flying in circles,
Red Tailed Hawk Krider’s – Wildlife Science Center
Krider’s Red-tailed Hawk - Google Search  photos

Gray Squirrels, a Gray Squirrel nest, a Deer,
an American Toad
In Bloom: Canada Violet, Violet, Wild Geranium, Spiderwort, False Indigo, and more

Afternoon:  a Goldfinch, a Starling, Canada Geese, Mallards, Wood Ducks & ducklings, an Egret, Soras, Cardinals, a Mourning Dove, a Barn Swallow incubating on the nest, Green Herons, Blue Herons, a Black-crowned Night Heron, a House Sparrow, a Swamp Sparrow?, a Black-and-White Warbler, a Magnolia Warbler, Indigo Buntings (calls), Common Yellowthroats (calls), a Red-tailed Hawk chased by a small bird, a Kingbird, Red-winged Blackbirds, Warbling Vireo calls, Oriole calls,
a Muskrat, Gray Squirrels
many Painted Turtles sunning on the logs
a Bumblebee, a Paper Wasp nest (last year’s?)
In Bloom: Garlic Mustard, Dandelion, Creeping Charlie, Bleeding Heart,
Seeds: Dandelion seedheads, lots of fallen brown samaras on the trail, Cottonwood tree seeds are falling; ponds and trails are covered with white stuff***
***  Cottonwood: Minnesota DNR
What's that white stuff? Cottonwood season's here - Chronicle-Telegram
cottonwood tree white fluff - Google Search  photos

Two Red-tailed Hawks along the Hwy

12766 170521  Nature Notes on part of Steve's walk with Jason @ Roberts, May 20, 2017, Rain      Warblers: Tennessee (calls*), Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, Redstart, and Canada; Flycatchers such as Great Crested Flycatchers and a Least Flycatcher, Baltimore Orioles, Wood Ducks, Robins, Crows, Grackles, an Owl? in flight, Baltimore Oriole's nests (last year's and this year's)
Gray Squirrels, a Chipmunk
*  Listen to calls Tennessee Warbler, Identification, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology 
Red-tailed Hawks,

May 19, 2017    a Gnatcatcher, Mourning Doves, Robins, Grackles,
an Egret, Blue Herons in flight, Mallards,
a Canada Goose roadkill

In Bloom: Spiderwort, Virginia Waterleaf, Crabapple (red and white; almost done), Dandelion, Honeysuckle (pink, red, and white), Spurge, Lilac, Canada Violet (stalked), Creeping Charlie**,
Fruits (Seeds):  Silver Maple samaras; brown samaras begin to fall, Juneberry (small green fruits emerging), Mountain Ash
(green fruits), Dandelion seedheads, Willow (black?) seeds or catkins, Boxelder samaras, Cottonwood fruits (green)
Trees: Norway Spruce;
forming new light green needles each spring
Picea abies - Wikipedia  Norway Spruce
Mushroom, Moss, Liken, Grass,
**  Glechoma hederacea - Wikipedia  creeping charlie

12741 170515  Nature Notes, May 15, 2017, Rain    Red-tailed Hawks, Red-winged Blackbirds, Robins, Blue Herons, Egrets, Mallards, Mourning Doves, Crows, Blue Jay calls,
a group of three White-tailed Deer

May 14, 2017, Sunny   
Trumpeter Swans, Red-winged Blackbirds, Mallard Duck families (ducklings), Canada Goose families (goslings), a Downy Woodpecker, a Baltimore Oriole pair
Muskrats, Muskrat lodges, a Beaver lodge, a Weasel (most likely Long-tailed Weasel)
A intense and long territorial fight between two male huge Snapping Turtles in a pond, Painted turtles sunning,
a Northern Watersnake swimming on the water surface
American Toad calls
Paper Wasps, Green Darner dragonflies, Gnats
In Bloom: Golden Alexander, Dandelion, Prairie Smoke, Columbine, Spurge, Shooting Star, Crabapple, Wild Blue Phlox, Blue Flag Iris, Lilac, Anemone?, Violet, Canada Violet, Ohio Buckeye, Spring Beauty, Bellflower?, Cherry?, and more
Seeds: Dandelion Seedheads, Boxelder samaras,
Nature Notes  2017

12721 170511  Nature Notes on Kris' Morning Walk: May 9, 2017:  Sunny    Warblers: an Ovenbird, a Redstart, Waterthrushes, Black and White Warblers, a Canada Warbler, a Common Yellowthroat, Cape May Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Magnolia Warblers, a Northern Parula, a Nashville Warbler, a Mourning Warbler, a Palm Warbler, Wilson’s Warblers, etc.
a Vireo (Blue-headed?), a Great Crested Flycatcher, a Gnatcatcher, a Least Flycatcher (calls), a Great Horned Owl in flight, Crows, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Mallards, Red-winged Blackbirds (calls), Robins (calls), a Chipping Sparrow, White-throated Sparrows, Baltimore Orioles, a House Wren, a Swift, a Tom Turkey in display, Robins, Grackles,
Gray Squirrels
In Bloom: Redbud, Crabapple, Prairie Smoke, Downy Yellow Violet, Violet, Canada Violet, Dandelion, Elderberry, Garlic Mustard (invasive), Trillium, Oak
River Birch with catkins, White Birch with catkins, Dandelion seedheads, Boxelder samaras

Nature Notes  2017 

May 9, 2017    Sandhill Cranes, Trumpeter Swans, a Chickadee's nest
, Palm Warblers, Two Turkey Vultures perching high in the tree, White-throated Sparrows, Red-winged Blackbirds, Robins,
A Snapping Turtle swimming under the water, Painted Turtles, a Northern Watersnake crossing the dirt trail
Butterflies: Red Admirals, a Tiger Swallowtail

12697 170506  Nature Notes on Steve's Walk with Jason @ Roberts, May 6, 2017:  Sunny    Northern Waterthrushes, Palm Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a White-throated Sparrow, a Swamp Sparrow, Song Sparrows (calls), Wood Ducks, Mallards, Crows, an Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warblers (calls), Gnatcatchers, Robins, a Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpeckers (calls), Cowbirds, Grackles, a Broad-winged Hawk flying in circles, a Cooper’s Hawk chased by several Crows, Chickadees, a Crow chased by a Red-winged Blackbird, Turkeys: a Tom Turkey displays, a Great Egret, Cardinals, a White-bellied Nuthatch, a House Wren calls
a Muskrat, Gray Squirrels, a Red Squirrel,
American Toad calls
Blooming: Redbud, Crabapple, Juneberry (almost done), Columbine, Elderberry, Violet, Canada Violet, Dandelion, Creeping Charlie
Fallen fruits or flowers: Black Willow?, Maple?, unidentified seeds: looking like a sort of a green leaf (half an inch long).
Activities: Walking, Birding, Running, Biking, Playing Golf,

Nature Notes  2017
12679 170502  Nature Notes on Kris' Morning Walk: May 2, 2017:  Sunny    Yellow-rumped Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers, a Northern Waterthrush, a Palm Warbler, a Black and White Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Cardinals (calls), Blue Jay calls, Robins, Horned Grebes, Ruddy Ducks, White-throated Sparrows, a Lincoln Sparrow, a Swamp Sparrow, Chickadees, Red-winged Blackbirds (calls), a Nuthatch, Coots, Mallards, a Sharp-shinned Hawk (most likely) flying overhead, a young Bald Eagle soaring in circles, a Least Bittern* flying overhead
Least Bittern, Identification, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology  Note: Our first bird in our lives.
Gray Squirrels
Western Chorus Frog calls
Listen to the calls  Chorus Frog Call - YouTube
Tree frogs: Western/Boreal chorus frog: Minnesota DN
The western chorus frog is among Minnesota's smallest frogs.
a Bee House for native bees
Blooming: Dandelion, Eastern Redbud (Judas-tree), Juneberry (Serviceberry), Elderberry, Violet, Canada Violet, 
River Birch catkins, catkin-like fruits fallen on the ground (Laurel or Black Willow),
Mushrooms: several kinds, for example, inky caps?
Yellow-rumped Warblers, Phoebes, Mallards, a Downy Woodpecker nest?, Red-winged Blackbirds
, Crows, Canada Geese, Egrets, a Blue Heron in flight, sparrows (unidentified)
a bee (our first one of the season, unidentified species) sucking nectar from Dandelion flowers, a Green Darner dragonfly,
Several Painted Turtles sunning on logs in the pond
Two people, who we met in the park, are saying that they spotted a Northern Harrier.
Pocket Gopher's Mounds
Blooming: Dandelion, Violet, Creeping Charlie, Elderberry,
Crabapples almost begin to bloom and their leaves begin to appear, a tree has catkins, leafing out (unidentified),
River Birch with catkins, Boxelder with tiny samaras,
Duckweed, Moss

May 1, 2017:  It snowed for a while, St. Paul, MN.

12672 170429    Nature Notes: April 29, 2017:  Cloudy      a Palm Warbler, a small Hawk (likely a male Cooper’s  Hawk or Sharp-shinned Hawk), Marsh Wrens?, Ruddy Ducks in the distance, Gadwalls, Sandpipers, Yellowlegs, Tree Swallows, a Sandhill Crane, Wood Ducks, Mallards, Canada Geese, Blue Jays, Northern Cardinals (calls), Song Sparrows (calls), a White-throated Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbirds (calls), a Bald Eagle nest, a Young Bald Eagle flying overhead, Robins, Trumpeter Swans, an unhatched egg left on the goose nest, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Egrets, Crows, Blue-winged Teals, Green-winged Teals, Forster’s Terns, a Killdeer (calls), Willets, Nuthatches, Chickadees (alarm calls), a male Ruby-crowned Kinglet, many Northern Shovlers, Phoebes, a male Hooded Merganser, an old Pileated Woodpecker nest
Birders, who we met on the trail, spotted:  Northern Waterthrush, Yellow Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Buffleheads, Sora calls, a Hermit Thrush, a Barn Swallow in flight, Goslings,
Muskrat Lodges, a Beaver Lodge
Western Chorus Frog calls
Blooming:  Dandelion, Violet, Violet (white color, but not Canada Violet: unidentified),
Creeping Charlie? 
Bracket mushrooms

April 27, 2017:  Cloudy    Temp.: around 32 F    Yellow-rumped Warblers, Robins, Egrets fishing, a Canada Goose, Red-winged Blackbirds,
Pocket Gopher’s Mounds
No Western Chorus Frog calls 
Blooming: Elderberry, Box-Elder (flowers are done, small samaras),
Almost all trees and shrubs leafing out, including Aspen
Nature Notes  2017  

12657 170427  Nature Notes on Kris' Morning Walk: April 25, 2017:  Cloudy    Yellow-rumped Warblers, Cardinals, Robins, Horned Grebes, Song Sparrows (calls), White-throated Sparrows, a Gnat Catcher, Chickadees (alarm calls*, spring calls), Red-winged Blackbirds (calls), a Nuthatch, Mallards, an old Oriole nest
  2005/06/23/ Chickadees' alarm calls carry information about size threat of predator
a Black Squirrel
Western Chorus Frog calls
Blooming: Dandelion, Juneberry (Serviceberry), Elderberry, Violet
Almost all trees and shrubs begin to leaf out.
weird looking mushrooms

12634 170423  Nature Notes: April 23, 2017:  Sunny    Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Phoebes, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Red-winged Blackbirds (calls), Canada Geese: a mom is incubating her eggs on the top of the muskrat lodge, Mallards, Robins, Crows, Chickadees, Song Sparrows (calls), Trumpeter Swans, a Coot, Wood Ducks, Northern Shovelers, a Sandhill Crane, Blue-winged Teals, Sandpipers, a Double-crested Cormorant fishing, a Red-tailed Hawk, Rock Pigeons, House Sparrows, a Starling having nesting materials in its beak, Yellowlegs, a Nuthatch (calls), Northern Cardinals (calls), a Bald Eagle nest, mysterious calls (unidentified)
a Muskrat, Muskrat lodges, Beaver lodges, found a Raccoon den in a hollow tree destroyed by a recent storm
Western Chorus Frog calls
a Painted Turtle sunning on the log
Blooming: Dandelion, Violet  

12632 170422  Nature Notes: April 22, 2017:  Sunny    Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Phoebes, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Red-winged Blackbirds (calls), Canada Geese, Mallards, Turkeys, Robins, Crows, Chickadees, Sparrows (unidentified), 
info from birders who we met on the park trail: a Black-and-White Warbler, a Palm Warbler, a female Kingfisher, a Meadowlark (calls), a Barred Owl,
Gray Squirrels, two horseback riders, horse poop on the trail, horseshoe tracks,
This Prairie still looks brown around this time of year.
Western Chorus Frog calls
Swarming Gnats
parts of the trail flooding a little bit.

Nature Notes  2017
Activities: playing golf, walking, walking dogs, jogging/running, mountain biking, birding, nature photography, nature walks, horseback riding, fishing,  

12630 170421-0422  Nature Notes: April 21, 2017:  Sunny    a White-throated Sparrow,  House Sparrows, Pied-billed Grebes, Ring-necked Ducks, Wood Ducks, Blue-winged Teals, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Phoebes, Yellow-rumped warblers, Red-winged Blackbirds: males and females (calls), Starlings on the utility line, Canada Geese: three nesting sites, Mallards, a Nuthatch, Robins,
info from our birder's friends: a House Wren's nest in their yard
Gray Squirrels, a Cottontail rabbit, Muskrats, Muskrat lodges,
Western Chorus Frog calls
Shrubs with showy white flowers blooming (unidentified)
Nature Notes  2017

April 20, 2017:  Cloudy/Sunny    Egrets, Canada Geese (calls), Mallards, Sparrows (unidentified), a male Northern Cardinal, a Mourning Dove on the utility line,
Pocket Gopher's Mounds   

April 19, 2017:  Rain/Cloudy    a mom Goose incubates her eggs, Mallards, an Egret, a Blue Heron, Crows, a Gull, Red-winged Blackbirds (calls), no House Finches on last year's nests,    

April 18, 2017:  Rain/Cloudy    Egrets, a Blue Heron, Mallards, Canada Geese, a male Northern Cardinal (calls), a flock of several small birds (likely a kind of sparrow), Red-winged Blackbirds, Crows,
Two White-tailed Deer families: a herd of three Deer (looks like siblings) and two deer, a Gray Squirrel, Pocket Gopher's Mounds
Western Chorus Frog calls   

12602 170417  Nature Notes, St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota
April 17, 2017:  Sunny    T= around 56 F (13 C)    "A Lovely Spring Day!"    Chickadees (spring calls), Crows, Canada Geese, a Wood Duck pair (flew away while making calls as we approached), a Horned Grebe (breeding adult), a flock of around 10 Buffleheads, a Red-winged Blackbird, Ring-billed Gulls, a male Bufflehead, Egrets fishing, Mallards, a Blue-winged Teal pair, a small Hawk (unidentified because it flew away), a female Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warblers^ (calls): our first warbler of the season, Eastern Phoebes: one is busy catching insects, Robin's calls, Red-bellied Woodpecker calls, a Double-crested Cormorant flying overhead, Rock Pigeons, a Blue Heron flying overhead around 8:15 p.m. at dusk to get back to its rookery. (Hope he/she isn't hungry.), Bird calls become louder as the breeding season begins.
Old Osprey platform nest (Ospreys haven't used this since several years ago), Bald Eagles: a nest with three babies
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Identification, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology  Listen to their calls.
A Gray Squirrel, a Raccoon roadkill,
Western Chorus Frog calls 
Painted Turtles (about 10) sunning on the log (Info from a cyclist)
Green Darner Dragonflies; a pair almost mated, a black beetle (about half an inch long) walking on the ground
Dandelions blooming, Creeping Charlie (likely) blooming, Magnolia (?) blooming, River Birch's flowers, Quaking Aspen's catkins, Oak trees blooming, Maple trees blooming, Highbush Cranberry leafing out while keeping last year's fruits,
Bracket Fungi, Lichens,
Nature Notes 2017
Activities: Kayaking, playing Golf, Walking, Jogging, Biking, Walking dogs, Inline Skating, Fishing,

12601 170416  Nature Notes, St. Paul, Minnesota
April 16, 2017:  Sunny    T= around 65 F (18 C)    Chickadee spring calls, Song Sparrow calls, Crow mobbing  ---  a quiet day.
A Gray Squirrel crossing the road just before our car.
Western Chorus Frog calls 
Nature Notes 2017

12575 170415  Nature Notes, St. Paul, Minnesota

April 15, 2017:  Cloudy/Rain     Canada Geese, Mallards, Ring-necked Ducks, a duck pair (too far to identify), Wood Ducks, a Chickadee,
Western Chorus Frog calls

April 14, 2017:  Rain/Cloudy    Red-tailed Hawks, Rock Pigeons, Red-winged Blackbirds, Mallards, Ducks (too far to identify, a flock of around 20), Coots (most likely), Chickadees, a Gull,
Western Chorus Frog calls
Shrubs are leafing out, some Oak trees begin to leaf out, some Maple trees begin to leaf out, many trees begin to leaf out (unidentified)

April 12, 2017:  Rain    A mother Goose continues to incubate, a Chickadee's nest
a tiny spider (a house spider?, about 2 mm in size), a tiny beetle (about 5 mm long)

12575 170410  Nature Notes, St. Paul, Minnesota
April 10, 2017:  Rain, Temp: 35 F (2 C)    Egrets, Sparrows (unidentified), Crows (calls), Mallards, bird calls (unidentified)
A young White-tailed deer crossing the trail just in front of us   
Western Chorus Frog calls
Shrubs continue to leaf out, Some Maples with inconspicuous flowers begin to leaf out, Some trees (unidentified) begin to leaf out

12564 170408  2017 "ice-out"  March 20 - March 27, Lake Phalen, St. Paul, MN
photos:  Minnesota Spring

12563 170408  Nature Notes, St. Paul, Minnesota
April 8, 2017:  Sunny, Temp: 70 F    a Blue Jay, House Sparrows, Sparrows (most likely Fox Sparrows), Chickadee spring calls, Northern Cardinal calls, Canada Geese, Crow calls, Mallards, a
Blue Heron flying overhead
a White-tailed Deer crossing the road just before our car, Pocket Gopher Mounds,
Some shrubs begin to leaf out, Grass, Moss, Lichens

12521 170329-0406  Nature Notes, St. Paul, Minnesota
April 6, 2017:  Sunny    Chickadees (alarm calls, spring calls), Northern Cardinal calls, Robins* (calls), Mallards, Canada Geese (calls), Killdeers* (calls), a Blue-winged Teal** pair, Ring-necked Ducks*, RW Blackbirds* (calls), a Downy Woodpecker, Wood Ducks,
a Gray Squirrel, Squirrel nests, a Cottontail rabbit (two birders spotted), a Muskrat
April 5, 2017:  Sunny    An Egret, a Chickadee, Robin calls, Northern Cardinal calls, Red-winged Blackbirds, Sparrows; most likely Fox Sparrows, a Gull flying overhead, Mallards flying overhead, a medium-sized gray bird on the utility line (unidentified)
Pocket Gopher Mounds
Western Chorus Frog calls
April 4, 2017:  Sunny    Egrets, Blue Herons, Chickadees, Robins, Mallards, Canada Geese; Geese incubate on nests, Killdeers, Red-winged Blackbirds (calls), Wood Ducks, a medium-sized brown bird with calls (unidentified), Crows,
Muskrats, a Muskrat lodge, Gray Squirrels, a Cottontail Rabbit (info from O & A)
Our first Painted Turtle sunning on the log, of the season
Western Chorus Frog calls
April 3, 2017:  Rain
April 2, 2017:  Cloudy    One Bald Eagle parent incubates on the nest while its partner stands guard on a nearby branch, Mallards, Canada Geese, Red-winged Blackbirds* (calls), Red-breasted Mergansers**, Ring-necked Ducks*, a Northern Cardinal pair, Chickadees, Crows (calls), Robins*, Killdeers*: mating games?, Juncos***, a bird on the utility line (unidentified), No Mallard nests were found.
Killdeer Mating Games - YouTube
Gray Squirrels
Western Chorus Frog calls
April 1, 2017:  Sunny    an Egret* at close range, Chickadees (spring calls), Mallards, Crows, Red-winged Blackbirds*, a Fox Sparrow*, Red-bellied Woodpecker calls**, Song Sparrow** calls (most likely), Nuthatch calls?, a bird on the utility line (unidentified), a Mourning Dove** on the utility line (most likely)
Pocket Gopher Mounds
Western Chorus Frog calls
March 31, 2017:  Sunny    an Egret**, Blue Herons*, a male Northern Cardinal (calls), Red-winged Blackbirds* (calls), Crows, Mallards, Canada Geese, Killdeers*, Ring-necked Ducks*, Wood Ducks*, a few birds perching on the utility line (unidentified)
Muskrats, two Gray Squirrels chase each other,
Why Do Squirrels Chase Each Othe
March 30, 2017:  Cloudy     Robins*, Fox Sparrows**, a male Northern Cardinal (calls), Crow calls, Mallards flying overhead, a few small birds? (could be swallows) perching on utility lines
a Gray Squirrel, a herd of deer (a family of three White-tailed Deer
) at close range
March 29, 2017:  Mallards, Canada Geese, Ring-necked Ducks*, a Ring-billed Gull*, Wood Ducks*, Killdeers*, Red-winged Blackbirds* (calls), a Blue Heron*, a Hooded Merganser** pair, a Mallard pair seems to look for its nesting site
a Gray Squirrel

March 28, 2017:  Canada Geese: a parent incubates on the nest, House Finches** return to the old nests
Crow mobbing, a Robin* (calls), Red-winged Blackbirds*
our first Western Chorus Frog calls
March 27, 2017: 
Mallards, Robins* (calls), Canada Geese, a Blue Heron**, Red-winged Blackbirds* (calls), a Blue Jay (calls), Dark-eyed Juncos***, Killdeers**, Wood Ducks**, Ring-necked Ducks* (several pairs), a white bird (unidentified), Male downy woodpecker?,
Many Muskrats, a Red Squirrel, Gray Squirrels,
Maple sap collection time
2017 "ice-out"  March 20 - March 27, as long as we observed.
*  **  ***   Migratory birds:  **  Our first sighting of the season, *** Dark-eyed Juncos stay here in Minnesota in the winter and in the spring they migrate north.

12451 170315  Our 3rd migratory bird of the season: a flock of about 15 Ring-billed Gulls sitting on ice on a lake, St. Paul, MN
Plus a flock of Canada Geese, Chickadee's spring calls, Crows, Northern Cardinals, Rock Pigeons
Bald Eagles: two adult eagles and two juvenile ones
Roadkill (most likely Raccoon)


12439 170314  Our 2nd migratory bird of the season: a male Red-winged Blackbird (calls), Battle Creek Park, St. Paul, MN
Plus a Chickadee (calls), a Red-tailed Hawk at close range, Sparrows (unidentified)
a Gray Squirrel crossing the road just in front of our car


March 13, 2017  Red-tailed Hawk, Bald Eagle parents take turns incubating eggs, male/female Ring-necked Duck pair (our first migratory bird of the season), Rock Pigeons, Crows (calls), Nuthatch calls
12436 170313  Our first migratory bird of the season: a male/female Ring-necked Duck pair floats on lake water as the ice begins to melt, St. Paul, Minnesota

Feb. 18, 2017    A Bald Eagle flying overhead, a Crow, Mallards, ice fishing: two guys six around 24 inch - northern pikes.
Feb. 17, 2017    Chickadees

Feb. 15, 2017    park trails are slippery

Feb. 14, 2017    a flock of about 10 Robins, Downy Woodpeckers, Crow mobbing, three Deer watching us.
                            one guy who I met on the trail is saying, "I just saw a Coyote."

Feb. 13, 2017    a Bald Eagle, Rock Pigeons

Feb. 12, 2017    a Red-tailed Hawk, a Chickadee (spring calls), a Gray Squirrel

Jan. 31, 2017     a Great Horned Owl, Red-tailed Hawks, Crows, Rock Pigeons

a Snowman

Jan. 1, 2017    Chickadees, Juncos, Gray Squirrels

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