Happy First Day of Summer! (13 photos)

As summer begins, the birds sure are busy at Bear Lake, Minnesota.

Loons, Orioles, Hummingbirds, Sandhill Cranes, Northern Harrier and more.

Enjoy!

 

7877 Bear LakeMay 26, 2017 Website
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
8016 Bear LakeMay 26, 2017 Website
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
8101 Bear LakeMay 27, 2017 Website
Red-Breasted Nuthatch
8191 Bear LakeMay 27, 2017 Website
Oriole
8199 Bear LakeMay 27, 2017 Website
Oriole
8253 Bear LakeMay 27, 2017 Website
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak (female)
8293 Bear LakeMay 27, 2017 Website
Loon hiding on a nest where there are two eggs.
8312 Bear LakeMay 27, 2017 Website
Loon flapping its wings on the pond.
8314 Bear LakeMay 27, 2017 Website
Loon nest. Look closely and you can see two eggs!
8391 Bear LakeMay 27, 2017 Website
White-Breasted Nuthatch
8415 Bear LakeMay 27, 2017 Website
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak (male)
8503 Bear LakeMay 27, 2017 Website
Northern Harrier
8516 Bear LakeMay 28, 2017 Website
Two Sandhill Cranes in a field with white Birch trees in the background.
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Happy Father’s Day!

Best award for the hardest working animal dad goes to… the Great Horned Owl.

In late winter, when the female lays her two or three eggs, the male goes to work. And does he work!!

He not only catches small critters (rats, squirrels, mice, etc.) for food, he also feeds the female, who is about 25 percent larger than he is while she keeps the eggs from freezing.

Once their owlets are born, his work increases with all those owlets crying for food. The female continues to care for the owlets by keeping them warm, so the father is feeding his entire family by himself. About a month after the owlets are born, the female helps hunt for food.

During this time of year, you’ll want to keep an eye on your small dogs and cats. Those father owls have been known to go after easy pet meals as he tries to feed his little family.

Kudos to the hard working Great Horned Owl Father!

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