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14405 180615  Nature Notes 
June 13, 2018  Richardson Nature Center
Hooded Merganser female (2), Wood Duck, Yellowthroat calls, Tree Swallows, Blue Jays, Bald Eagle, Chickadee, Cardinal, Gull,
Chipmunks, Gray Squirrel,
Wood Frog (3)
June 13, 2018 
Westwood Hills Nature Center - St. Louis Park, MN
Downy Woodpeckers, Yellowthroat (calls), Catbird, Red-winged Blackbirds, Vireo (?), Mallard family: around 10 ducklings,
Toad (adult) "Bill, thank you for spotting that toad."
Cabbage White (2), Dragonflies

Nature Notes  2018

14393 180611     Nature Notes from Craig's Walk, June 11, 2018, 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Cloudy
Redstart, Redstart nest (it looks like babies have fledged), Baltimore Orioles, Yellow Warblers (calls), Yellow-throated Vireo* (calls), Red-winged Blackbird nest, Canada Geese, Bald Eagle flying high in circles, a young Bald Eagle near the nest in the distance, Egret, Blue Heron, Robins, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow (calls), Goldfinch, Willow Flycatcher, Catbird  CatBird Mewing Call - YouTube , Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows, Cliff Swallows, Green Heron, Downy Woodpecker, Cormorant, Cedar Waxwing,
Yellow-throated Vireo -  "three-EIGHT, three-EIGHT, three-EIGHT", "cheh, cheh, cheh"
Yellow-throated Vireo Song - YouTube
Bumblebee, Damselflies,
Monarch Caterpillar (around 2 inch long) on a Milkweed leaf, Mysterious Caterpillar on a leaf
Butterfly (small), a mysterious Beetle (black)
Toad babies**, Green Frog***,
**  Tons of Toads! Hundreds of Toads (Toadlets) in Our Yard! Illinois Herps! - YouTube
***  Green Frog Calls - YouTube
In Bloom: Wild Rose, Yellow Sweet Clover, Red Clover, White Clover, Crown Vetch, Birds-foot Trefoil, Yarrow, Hoary Alyssum,
Willow catkins 
Willow | Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
In Bloomington  Rain & Thunder
Hooded Merganser family: Mom with around 13 ducklings at close range, Tree Swallow, Common Yellowthroat calls,
Chipmunk, Gray Squirrels

All about Fox Squirrels and Gray Squirrels | Welcome Wildlife
Nature Notes  2018

14392 180610     June 10, 2018   Maplewood & Woodbury, MN
Blue Jay, Chickadee, Grackle, Mallard, Wood Duck family: Mom with her ducklings (about 10), Red-winged Blackbirds, Baltimore Orioles, House Sparrows, Downy Woodpecker male, Robins, Crows, Cliff Swallow colony (active: around 10 out of about 200); it looks like House sparrows borrow a few old Cliff Swallow nests. 
Raising a Family -- The Cliff Swallows Raise the Next Generation (2000) - YouTube  |  Swallow photos
Tiger Swallowtail, Damselfly, Moth (unidentified mysterious species),
No Monarch caterpillars on Milkweed leaves,
Mushrooms: Artist's Conk
In Bloom: False Indigo (white, blue), Spiderwort, Golden Alexander, White Campion, Japanese Lilac, Blue Flag Iris, Dame's Rocket, Water Lily
Nature Notes  2018

14391 180610     June 9, 2018, Rain & Thunder, Nature Notes from Matt's Walk @ Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, MN
5 Tom Turkeys (calls) display the fans to try to attract a hen
Gobblers Spitting and Drumming - Calling All Turkeys - YouTube  |  Turkey photos
Cooper Hawk, Pewee calls, Barn Swallow nest,
In Bloom: False Indigo,
Yellow Lady's Slippers, Showy Lady's Slippers, Columbine,
Fruits: Black Walnut (still green and small),
in Bloomington, MN
Hooded Merganser female, Wood Ducks, Tree Swallows, Common Yellowthroat calls,
Gray Squirrel
Turtle nest (most likely)

Nature Notes  2018

14383 180608  June 8, 2018, Cloudy, 8:30 a.m.-    , Maplewood & Woodbury, MN
Blue Jay, Baltimore Orioles, Wood Ducks, Mallard Duck family: Mom with her ducklings of around 10, Chickadees (calls), Sora* calls, Red-winged Blackbirds, big Canada Goose family crossing the road just before our car; around 20 adults with about 10 goslings - goslings are getting bigger, Mourning Dove, Goldfinch (5), Tree Swallow (3), House Sparrow nest 
Sora - YouTube

Sora Overview, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Marsh Birds: Sora - YouTube
104 - Studying the Sora Rail - YouTube
Gray Squirrels
Turtle nests
Ant Hills
Monarch caterpillar (the body length is still about 1 cm) on the underside of a Milkweed leaf
Dragonflies, Gnats, Mosquitoes,
Many spittlebugs 
spittlebug - YouTube

In Bloom:  Daisy Fleabane, Water Lily (close around 8:30 a.m.), Wild Geranium?, Canada Anemone, White Campion, Golden Alexander, Japanese Lilac,
Fruits: Elderberry, Boxelder, Ash

Nature Notes  2018

June 7, 2018, St. Paul, MN
Blue Heron, Egret, Cormorant, Phoebe (?),

14376 180606    June 5, 2018    Rain, 8 a.m.
Mallard Duck family: Mom with ducklings, Mallard Duck pair, Red-winged Blackbirds, Canada Goose family: Mom & Dad with only two goslings, many Canada Geese hanging out, Crow mobbing, Blue Jay,
Muskrat eats leaves off the tree branch, which hangs over the pond, Gray Squirrel, Cottontail Rabbit,
In Bloom: Waterlily (close on a rainy day?*), Canada Anemone

Why Flowers Close Up at Night | Nyctinasty

White water lily flower, nymphaea time lapse - YouTube
Flower structures protect pollen: - AskNature
BBC - Earth News - Raindrops drive flower evolution
Dandelions close to rain and night, preserving pollen and nectar Time Lapse - YouTube

Nature Notes  2018

14375 180605  June 5, 2018  Sunny  Pileated Woodpecker calls, Red-bellied Woodpecker calls, Woodpecker drumming, Mallards, Cardinal pair, Common Yellowthroat (calls), Wood Duck, Egret, Warbling Vireo, Red-winged Blackbirds, Tree Swallow, female Hooded Merganser, female Turkey, Chickadee nest box, Red-eyed Vireo calls, Blue Jay calls
Deer (3 or 4), Gray Squirrel
a young Painted Turtle sunning on the log in a pond
Leopard frogs (2)
Butterfly: Tiger Swallowtail, Monarch, Red-spotted Purple
Dragonfly: Green Darner, Dragonfly (unidentified), Damselflies (hundreds)
In Bloom: Golden Alexander, Anemone, Spiderwort

June 4, 2018
Painted Turtle laying eggs,

Ant Hills,
Nature Notes  2018

14366 180602   Identify Your Common Backyard Birds - YouTube
Rose-breasted Grosbeak - YouTube
Robin bird sound - call and song - YouTube
Red-eyed Vireo Portrait - YouTube
baltimore oriole - sounds, calls, and song - YouTube
Nature Notes  2018

14365 180602   Nature Notes, Craig’s Walk @ Bass Ponds, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, June 2, 2018, 8 -10 a.m., Cloudy, Temp*: 66 degrees F at 6 a.m.; 61 degrees F at 12 p.m., humidity: 73 %
Oriole, Redstart, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Bald Eagle, Goldfinch, Canada Goose, Mallard, Wood Duck, Least Flycatcher calls**, Willow Flycatcher (calls***), Cedar Waxwing, Egret (a flock of around 20), Blue Heron, Trumpeter Swan (5), Tree Swallow, Cormorant, Red-eyed Vireo calls, Gray-headed Cowbird (calls), Yellow-throated Vireo, Warbling Vireo calls, Woodpecker flying by, Grackle, Common Yellowthroat calls,
Turtle nest raided
In Bloom: Wild Rose, Campion, Yarrow, Wild Geranium, Creeping Charlie, Dandelion,

Past Weather in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA — Yesterday or Further Back
Least Flycatcher in Maine - YouTube
Willow Flycatcher – Fitz-bew! - YouTube
Nature Notes  2018 

14353 180529  Kris’ Walk  9 a.m. -   May 29, 2018, Sunny, Temperatures: 73 degrees F at 6 a.m. & 93 degrees F at 12 p.m. Humidity: 76 %
Roberts Bird Sanctuary
Robin babies on the nest, Robin, Grackle, Cowbird pair, Cardinal calls, Turkey calls, Great Horned Owlet, Canada Goose family: mom, dad, and 4 goslings, Downy Woodpecker, Hummingbird, Sharp-shinned Hawk (whitish)?
Deer, Raccoon, Chipmunk,
Monarch butterfly laying eggs (?), Bumblebee,
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Theodore Wirth Park
Wood Duck, Indigo Bunting (calls*), Hummingbird, Canada Goose, Great-crested Flycatcher (calls), a Pileated Woodpecker male (calls), Downy Woodpecker, Nuthatch, American Goldfinch (calls**), Song Sparrow (calls), Common Yellowthroat calls, Oriole nest, Robin nest, Pewee calls, Mourning Dove,
Gray Squirrel
In Bloom: Highbush Cranberry, Forget-me-not, Marsh Marigold, Trillium, Yellow Lady’s Slipper, Spiderwort, False Indigo (blue), Buttercup (yellow), Partridge Pea
Horsetail (looking cool),

Indigo Bunting - YouTube
American Goldfinch (male) singing - YouTube
Nature Notes  2018

14345 180526     May 26, 2018     Nature Notes from Matt’s Walk with Julie & Karen @ Arboretum, Chaska, MN
Sunny, around 70 - 90 degrees F, 8 - 10 a.m.
Great-crested Flycatcher (calls), Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Robin, Indigo Bunting (calls), Acadian Flycatcher (calls*), Common Yellowthroat, Phoebe calls, Red-eyed Vireo (calls**), Barn Swallow, Barn Swallow nest, Swamp Sparrow calls***, Red-winged Blackbird (calls), Northern Cardinal (calls), House Wren calls+
Western Chorus Frog calls
Bumblebee, Black? Dragonfly (Identified, but we forgot) , Damselfly
In Bloom:  Small Yellow Lady's-slipper, Jack-in-the-pulpit, and many more
*    Acadian Flycatcher - YouTube 
Red-eyed Vireo Portrait - YouTube

***    Swamp Sparrow - YouTube    |    Swamp Sparrow Portrait 2 - YouTube
+    House Wren Sings the song of the day - YouTube
Birds  |  Nature Notes 2018
14336 180522     May 22, 2018     Nature Notes from Kris’ Walk @ Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sunny, around 60 degrees F, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Tennessee Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Canada Warbler, Connecticut Warbler (calls), Downy Woodpecker, Robin, Mallard, Caspian Tern, Oriole, Oriole nest, Hummingbird, Crow, Grackle, Yellow-throated Vireo* (calls), Gray-cheeked Thrush, Red-winged Blackbird, female Turkey
Yellow-throated Vireo Song - YouTube
Gray Squirrel, Deer
Green Darner dragonfly, Bumblebee, Anthill
In Bloom: Crabapple, Choke Cherry, Virginia Bluebells, Dandelion,
“Thank you for helping us write the notes, Julie, a naturalist”
in St. Paul
Red-tailed Hawk, Crow, Rock Pigeon
Nature Notes  2018 

14328 180519  Nature Notes from Tammy's Walk @ Eloise Butler Garden. Cloudy, around 59 degrees F, 7:30-10 a.m
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Loons passing overhead with calls, Red-bellied Woodpecker (calls), Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (calls), Peewee, Least Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Canada Goose, Red-winged Blackbird, Tennessee Warbler (calls), Yellow Warbler, Hummingbird male at close range, Crow, Mallard, Goldfinch (many, very noisy), Wood Duck, Cowbird, Oriole, Oriole nest, Northern Cardinal, Sora calls on Wirth Lake, Gull, Thrush (unidentified species), Indigo Bunting (calls), Catbird, Robin, 
Blue Jay calls, 
Shrew (dead), Gray Squirrel, Fox shelter
No insects
In Bloom: Jack-in-the-pulpit, Large-flowered bellwort, Marsh marigold, Ohio buckeye
Growing: Horsetail, Skunk cabbage
Mushrooms: Mushroom (unidentified), Bracket Fungi, 
Nature Notes  2018

May 19, 2018     St. Paul, MN
Bald Eagle nest with a parent on its watch from a near-by branch; it looks like two babies are on the nest although we can't see them.
Turkey Vultures flying high in circles (2)
Robin, Red-winged Blackbird, Canada Goose, Dwony Woodpecker, Thrush, Mallard, Crow, Blue Jay

14325 180517  Past Weather in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA — Yesterday or Further Back
May 16 & 17, 2018  High Temp: over 80 degrees F (26.7 degrees C)
May 11, 2018   High Temp: 54 degrees F (12.2 degrees C)j
Nature Notes  2018

May 17, 2018  Lilac and Crabapple in bloom

Apple flowers open (info from Janet)
Tulips are pretty.

May 14, 2018  Plum in bloom

May 12, 2018  Bloomington & Maplewood
Bald Eagle, Egret

14307 180512     Matt's Walk    May 12, 2018, 9-11 a.m., Cloudy, 50-60 degrees F, Arboretum, Minnesota
Chickadee (calls), Nuthatch (calls), Cowbird, Crow, Broad-winged Hawk, Northern Harrier, Barn Swallow, Cardinal (calls), Blue Jay, Great-crested Flycatcher, Flycatcher (unidentified), Barred Owl*, Canada Warbler*, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-and-White Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Common Yellowthroat*, Yellow-throated Vireo*, Pileated Woodpecker (calls), Hummingbird male, Mallard, Canada Goose, Swainson's Trush, Caspian Tern*, Swamp Sparrow calls, and many more.
Western Chorus Frog calls
Green Darner Dragonfly,
In Bloom: Spring Wildflowers, Magnolia, Serviceberry, Pear,
*  FOY

Nature Notes  2018

May 9, 2018  Red-tailed Hawk, Red-winged Blackbird calls,

14291 180508     Nature Notes: Kris' Walk
Cloudy, around 60 degrees F, @ Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis, Minnesota 
Mallard, Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Pileated Woodpecker male (calls, drumming), Redstart*, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-and-White Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler*, Chestnut-sided Warbler*, Magnolia Warbler*, Blackburnian Warbler*, Northern (or Louisiana*) Waterthrush, Blue-headed Vireo*, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (calls), Baltimore Oriole*, Robin (calls), Coot, Sharp-shinned Hawk (or Cooper's) flying overhead, Turkey*; a Tom Turkey displays, House Wren, Chickadee, Red-winged Blackbird (calls), White-throated Sparrow, Goldfinch, Rose-breasted Grosbeak*, Blue Jay calls, Cardinal calls
Gray Squirrel, 
In Bloom: Dandelion*, Serviceberry* (or Juneberry), Crabapple?*, Baneberry* (Red or White?) 
Trees and shrubs are leafing out.
No insects - probably it's too cold to fly. 
No frog calls
* FOY (First of the Year)

Nature Notes  2018  

May 8, 2018    Blue Heron, Red-tailed Hawk

May 7, 2018    Sharp-shinned Hawk (or Cooper's), Crow mobbing: it looks like crows are chasing an owl out of their territory 

May 6, 2018     Sunny, Maplewood, MN    Chickadee (calls), Blue Jay, Egret, Rock Pigeon, Crow, Mallard, Canada Goose, Killdeer (calls), Downy Woodpecker male, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-and-Black Warbler, Nuthatch, Cardinal, Robin, Phoebe, Red-winged Blackbird,
Gray Squirrel, Red Squirrel

American Toad* calls
* FOY (First of the Year)

14283 180506     Gray-cheeked Thrush  The pic was taken on Steve and Jason's Bird Walk at Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis, MN, on May 5, 2018.  Gray-cheeked Thrush Overview, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Nature Notes  2018

14282 180505-0506  May 5, 2018  Nature Notes - Steve and Jason's Walk, Sunny,
Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis, Minnesota   
Blue Jay calls, Woodpecker: Pileated, Downy, Turkey calls, Wood Duck, Red-winged Blackbird (calls), Crow, Loon, Pied Billed Grebe, Mallard, Robin, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Kinglet: Ruby-crowned, Golden-crowned*, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher* (calls), Phoebe*,
Gray-cheeked Thrush*, White-throated Sparrow, Lincoln Sparrow*, Grackle, Cardinal Calls, Chickadee, House Wren, Swamp Sparrow*,
Raccoon*, Little Brown Bat*, Muskrat, Gray Squirrel, Cottontail Rabbit*,

Trees and shrubs begin to leaf out
* FOY (First of the Year)
Lake Harriet: Ice-out most likely occurred on May 2, 2018.
Perfect Rainbow, St. Paul, MN, around 7:30 p.m.

Nature Notes  2018

May 4, 2018  Nature Notes, Sunny, Maplewood, MN    Blue Jay calls, Chickadee calls, Barred Owl calls, Barn Swallow, Canada Goose, Red-winged Blackbird (calls), Crow, Red-breasted Merganser, Blue-winged Teal*, Northern Shoveler, Mallard,
Western Chorus Frog calls
Trees and shrubs begin to leaf out
* FOY (First of the Year)
Nature Notes  2018

May 3, 2018  A Turkey Vulture pair flying in circles, Maplewood, MN, Red-tailed Hawk

14266 180501  Nature Notes from Kris' Walk, Sunny, Roberts
Immature Hawk (Red-tailed Hawk?), Hawk (possibly Sharp-shinned Hawk) flying overhead, Swainson's Thrush*, Golden-crowned Kinglet*, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Least Flycatcher?*, Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Coot?, Robin's gathering (noisy), a flock of about 10 White-throated Sparrows*, Northern Cardinal (calls), Blue Jay (calls), Crow, Grackle's gathering, Red-winged Blackbird (calls), Orange-crowned Warbler*, Northern Waterthrush*, Mallard, Song Sparrow songs, Barn Swallow,
Lake Harriet: around 70% ice-free
Willet* standing on ice, Canada Goose, Red-breasted Merganser, Gull
Gray Squirrel, Chipmunk
Red admiral*, Green Darner*
In Bloom: Crocus*,
Siberian Squill*+
*  Our first one of the season
+ Scilla siberica (Siberian Squill) Minnesota Wildflowers
Nature Notes  2018

14264 180430  Nature Notes    cloudy and rainy, around 69 degrees F, windy: S 16 mph*, Maplewood
Red-breasted Merganser, Ring-billed Gull (calls); some gulls sit on ice on the lake, Red-winged Blackbird (calls), Grackle; one's carry nest-building materials in its beak**, Chickadee, Blue Jay, Canada Goose, Mallard, Crow, Robin, Cormorant, Fox Sparrow***, Blue Heron,
Gray Squirrel
Western Chorus Frog calls
Minneapolis, MN 10-Day Weather Forecast - The Weather Channel
The Habits of Grackles nesting, mating, feeding and incubation
Fox Sparrow - YouTube
Fox Sparrow scratching and feeding in leaf litter - YouTube
Fox Sparrow singing - YouTube
More info on
Fox Sparrow
Nature Notes 

14263 180430  Ice-out  as of  April 30, 2018 
Lake Phalen, St. Paul, MN and Tanners Lake, Oakdale, MN are only about 70% ice-free. "Yikes!"
Round Lake (small lake) by Lake Phalen is ice-free.
Most ponds became ice-free this past weekend. "Yay!"

The melt is on: 1st lake ice-out in Minnesota | Public Radio News  April 20, 2018 | Ice-out running late across Minnesota  April 7, 2018
Ice-out nears (our photos shot in 2012)1  |  2  |  3  |  4  

14257 180429  Nature Notes    Sunny, around 68 degrees F, Maplewood
Pileated Woodpecker calls, Robin, Mallard, Canada Goose, Woodpecker (Downy or Hairy), Red-winged Blackbird (calls), Chickadee, Crow, Wood Duck, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet (female), 
Gray Squirrel, Muskrat swimming in a pond, 
Painted Turtles sunning on the log in a pond
Heard both chorus frog and wood frog calls from the very small pond.
Boxelder Bug
Nature Notes  2018

14254 180428 
Nature Notes    Sunny, Maplewood
Pileated Woodpecker, Robin (calls), Mallard, Canada Goose, Killdeer, Red-winged Blackbird (calls), Song Sparrow calls, Chickadee, Blue Heron, Crow mobbing, Wood Duck, Barn Swallow, Red-tailed Hawk, Starling,
Gray Squirrel, 
our first Painted Turtle of the season sunning on the log in a pond
Heard both chorus frog and wood frog calls in the very small pond - We spent a long time observing frogs and their eggs, which was fun. "Carole and Konnie, thank you so much for info on frogs and eggs."
Nature Notes  2018

14249 180427  Nature Notes    Sunny, 61 degrees F, around 6 p.m., Maplewood
Blue Jay, Canada Goose (honking), Mallard, Wood Duck, Song Sparrow calls, Chickadee, Red-winged Blackbird (calls), Grackle, Blue Heron flying overhead, Northern Flicker (calls), Pileated Woodpecker (calls), Downy Woodpecker (calls),
Red-breasted Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, Ring-billed Gull,

Gray Squirrel, Red Squirrel, Muskrat swimming in the pond,

Western Chorus Frog calls, Wood Frog calls* and mating (?),
Regarding ponds in the Nature Center, it looks like ice-outs occurred last night.
lots of ice still on Lakes such as Lake Phalen and Tanners Lake
*  "Carole, a naturalist, thank you so much for info."

Nature Notes  2018

14246 180426  Nature Notes     Sunny, 52 degrees F, Maplewood,
Canada Goose (honking), Wood Duck (calls); a brave male Wood Duck resting on a tree branch as we approach him, Mallard (calls), Hermit Thrush, Cardinal Calls, Downy Woodpecker (female), Robin (calls), Red-winged Blackbird (calls), Mysterious bird? calls (unidentified)
Gray Squirrel, likely Muskrat,
Western Chorus Frog calls  
Growth of buds becomes more noticeable, Catkins
Nature Notes  2018

14238 180425  Nature Notes from a short bird walk, Sunny, 55 degrees F, Maplewood and Woodbury
Robin, Crow, Blue Jay, Chickadee (calls), Hermit Thrush, Wood Duck, Mallard (calls), Canada Goose, Killdeer* (calls)
 . House Finch,
Gray Squirrel
Western Chorus Frog calls, No Painted Turtles spotted
Growth of buds becomes more noticeable, Dogwood twigs are red,
*  our first of the season
Nature Notes  2018

14236 180424   Nature Notes: Kris’ Walk, Sunny, around 60 degrees F @ Roberts
Pileated Woodpecker (male & female), Hermit Thrush, Fox Sparrow, a flock of about 20 Cormorants flying in a V formation, Sharp-shinned Hawk flying high overhead, Robin (calls), Grackle, Crow, Chickadee, Junco, Mallard, Gull, Red-breasted Merganser, Loon flying overhead, White-crowned Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Song Sparrow, 
Last year's Oriole nests

Nature Notes  2018

14229 180423  Sunny, Gorgeous spring day
Turkey Vulture*, Red-bellied Woodpecker (calls), Brown Creeper, Blue Jay (calls), Chickadee calls: alarm and spring, small birds (unidentified), Pileated Woodpecker calls,
Western Chorus Frog calls*
*  Our first one of the season

Nature Notes  2018

14227 180422    A gorgeous spring day, Temp: around 60 degrees F 
Chickadee (calls), Mallard, Pied-billed Grebe*, Cardinal (calls), Grackle*, Crow, Downy Woodpecker, Robin, Red-winged Blackbird, A parent Bald Eagle sitting on the nest: they say a few eaglets are on the nest, but they're too small to see.
Red Squirrel,
Boxelder Bug*
*  Our first one of the season

Nature Notes  2018 

14218 180420  Nature Notes by Joe: Kris' Walk @ Roberts Bird Sanctuary, April 17, 2018
Hermit Thrush, Red-winged Blackbird (calls), Mallard, Wood Duck, Red-breasted Merganser*, Hooded Merganser, Gull, Yellow-rumped Warbler*, Song Sparrow*, Junco, Cardinal (calls), Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Nuthatch, Blue Jay (calls), Robin calls, Woodpecker: Downy, Hairy, and Pileated*
last year’s Oriole’s nest
Gray Squirrel
Raccoon tracks, Squirrel tracks, Squirrel’s nest,
The trail is well covered in snow, but it's fun to find animal tracks in the snow.
*  our first one of the season

Nature Notes  2018 

April 18, 2018  We saw our first Egret of the season while driving.

14197 180414  Twin Cities Inches Close To New April Snow Record « WCCO CBS Minnesota
'Historic' blizzard hits Twin Cities -
Minnesota  Winter
Nature Notes  2018 

14160 180404  April 4, 2018  KSTP Traffic Round-Up: Record-Breaking April Snowfall Means Slow AM Commute |
April 4th, 2018: the date low temperature records were broken (or tied) 
Blue Herons (our first one of the season) flying overhead
Minnesota  Winter
Nature Notes

14151 180402  Today's snow is a real bummer! Almost Spring?  Afternoon forecast 1-3 of snow, high temp of 33 -
Minnesota  Winter
Nature Notes  2018 

14146 180401  Nature Notes: April 1, 2018  Sunny, T = 28 degrees F:  Robin, Mallard (calls), Canada Goose (calls), Crow, Chickadee (calls), Hooded Merganser, no Red-winged Blackbird's calls, no frog calls.
March 30 - 31, 2018, It snowed in the Twin Cities Metro area. And it may snow tomorrow, April 2nd, again.
Nature Notes  2018

March 29, 2018    Mallard, Canada Goose, Hooded Merganser

March 27, 2018    Canada Goose
Many parts of the park trail are still covered with snow. A tiny snowman welcomed us, while we were walking the trail.  

"Migratory Birds begin to arrive in Minnesota."
14119 180324  Nature Notes on
Craig’s Walk at Bass Ponds, March 24, 2018, 8-10 am, Cloudy, 28 degrees F, It’s a little windy so that we felt cold.
Red-winged Blackbird (calls), Merganser (Common and hooded), Trumpeter Swan, Wood Duck, Coot, Kingfisher (male), Robin, Eagle (Young and Adults), Mallard, Canada Goose, Rudy Duck, Tree Swallow, Woodpecker (Downy,  Hairy, and Red-bellied), Northern Cardinal, Chickadee (spring calls), Brown Creeper, Gull (Ring-billed and Herring), Bufflehead, Goldeneye, Northern Harrier (male), Northern Shrike,
A Beaver swimming in a pond,  Muskrat lodges
an old Hornet nest

"Craig, thank you so much for the great walk."
Nature Notes  2018

Birds  |  MN Valley NWR 
March 22, 2018  Our first Muskrat of the season, swimming in the channel connecting Lake Phalen with Keller Lake, which has open waters - by Lake Phalen. Many Mallards, Canada Geese, Cardinals (calls), Chickadees (spring calls), Crows, Rock Pigeons

14100 180320  Nature Notes: March 20, 2018, cloudy and sometimes snowing  The channel connecting Lake Phalen with Keller Lake has open waters, at least near Lake Pahlen. Many Mallards and some Canada Geese enjoy floating on the water. Glad to see birds coming back to the channel.
Crows, a Red-tailed Hawk, Rock Pigeons, no Red-winged Blackbird calls
Nature Notes  2018

14097 180319  Nature Notes: March 18, 2018  a female Cardinal (calls), a Chickadee, Crows, a Blue Jay, Red-winged Blackbird calls, Red-tailed Hawks, Rock Pigeons, a mysterious large black bird flying overhead while we're driving, Canada Geese, Mallards,
a Red Squirrel, a Gray Squirrel,
a Muskrat lodge covered with snow, Squirrel nests,
No Western Chorus Frog calls in a small wetland where the frogs sing loud around this time of year, probably because the wetland is sill covered with snow.
Ice in lakes and ponds begins to melt.

Nature Notes  2018

"Migratory Birds begin to arrive in Minnesota."
14088 180317  Nature Notes on Craig's Bird Walk at Bass Ponds, March 17, 2018, 8-10 a.m.
Cardinals (spring calls), Blue Jay calls, Chickadee’s spring calls, Crows, a Gull, Common Mergansers, Hooded Mergansers, Ring-necked Ducks, Lesser Scaups, Sandhill Cranes (at least nine cranes), Trumpeter Swans, Mallards, Canada Geese, Robins, Downy Woodpeckers, Wood Ducks, Brown Creepers, Red-winged Blackbirds (calls),  
"Craig, thank you so much for the great walk."
Nature Notes  2018
Birds  |  MN Valley NWR

March 17, 2018  several Red-tailed Hawks, Red-winged Blackbird calls, Cardinal calls,
a Gray Squirrel

14066 180313  Nature Notes
March 13, 2018  Red-tailed Hawks, Crows, Rock Pigeons, A parent Bald Eagle incubating the eggs on the nest; have you ever wondered how bald eagle parents protect their eggs from a snowstorm? Snow Covered Bald Eagle Shakes Snow off of Wings. Amazing! - YouTube , Canada Goose tracks in snow,
Bright yellow - weeping willow twigs and Red dogwood twigs are impressive around this time of year.
Lake Phalen: There is no open water, and no waterfowl, accordingly.
March 12, 2018  Two House Sparrow nests
Nature Notes  2018

14060 180311  Nature Notes
Chickadees, Northern Cardinals (our first spring calls of the season), Crows, Crow mobbing (most likely chasing an Owl), a Canada Goose pair flying overhead,
a Gray Squirrel, a Deer
a Snowman (our 2nd one of the season), Tapping a Maple Tree,  

Nature Notes  2018

Opossums (info from Julie)  We've only seen roadkill opossum (or possum). .
Feb. 27, 2018  Arboretum: Vernal Witch Hazel - no flowers yet, two cute young Gray (?) Squirrels chase each other in the tree, a live fly on the snow, Chickadee calls,  Visited the Bee Center,

Red-tailed Hawks, a Bald Eagle, Downy Woodpeckers, Chickadees, Cardinals, Rock Pigeons, Crows, Northern Cardinals, Blue Jays, House Sparrows,

White-tailed Deer, Gray Squirrels, Cottontail Rabbit poop,
Coyotes (some people often spotted)

Rime (or Hoarfrost) on Trees     late January 2018

Window Frost - Nature's Graffiti

13951 180212  Meet California's newest bald eagles Two chicks hatch in two days near Big Bear Lake  Feb. 2018, LA Times
Florida Eagle Cam shows hatching of two eaglets - YouTube  Dec. 2017
Nature Notes 2018

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