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!

 

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Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
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Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
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Red-Breasted Nuthatch
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Oriole
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Oriole
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Rose-Breasted Grosbeak (female)
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Loon hiding on a nest where there are two eggs.
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Loon flapping its wings on the pond.
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Loon nest. Look closely and you can see two eggs!
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White-Breasted Nuthatch
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Rose-Breasted Grosbeak (male)
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Northern Harrier
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Two Sandhill Cranes in a field with white Birch trees in the background.

Successful agate/rock trip

We drove to northern Minnesota for the weekend and found some “spring” agates and other rocks along the shore of Lake Superior.

The weather was a bit chilly, but we still drove the Jeep with the top off.

#buildscharacter #agate

Happy Mother’s Day…

…to all mom’s and future mom’s out there!

Here’s a photo of a future Osprey mom trying to hide behind the branches of her nest. She should have chicks soon!

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Trumpeter Swan (video)

This past weekend I went to Monticello, Minnesota, to photograph the Trumpeter Swans that gather along the Mississippi River.

Trumpeter swans are the largest water bird in North America. They gather along the Mississippi River in winter, thanks to balmy waters created from the nuclear power-generating plant just upstream from Monticello, Minnesota.

Love the trumpet sounds they make!!

Enjoy!

Turtle Time

So… how many turtles can fit on a pond log? There’s more than three…

3 Turtles
Three turtles…
4 Turtles
Four turtles…
5 Turtles
Room for one more… Five!

Prickly Pollination

A bumble bee on a very prickly Vietnamese Coriander flower at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Click here to see the prickly details! And, if anyone knows what that clump of yellowish stuff on the side of the bee is, let me know.

#bumblebee #flower

Prickly Pollination

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Back to “O”

Our little kitten, Katmai, was on a great streak (8 days) without jumping the fence to explore the underside of our neighbor’s deck.

Today, he’s at “O.”

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Spring Swallows (and a Sparrow)

I truly enjoy taking photographs at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. It offers so many opportunities during spring time when all the birds are making nests.

These two swallows sure were busy on the day I stopped by to take a few photos.

And, at the bottom is a photo of a spring sparrow who practically blended in with the tall dry grasses.

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A swallow chirps as another swallow lands outside their spring bird house.
Swallow perch
Then, they began chirping away at each other as if chatting about how to remodel their spring home.
Spring Sparrow
A sparrow sits on leftover, dried winter plants in a field.

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A Great Surprise

As some of you may know, I’ve had on my photo list this spring to find and photograph owls. Easier said than done!

I’ve visited numerous locations, multiple times in hopes of finding an owl family.

And, you’ll never guess it, but the one day when I went out to photograph Trumpeter Swans that I’d seen making a nest at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, what do I find?

A Great Horned Owl being mobbed by crows. Since the trees just started to bud, it was difficult to get a clear photo of the owl, but I was able to capture one. And, it was staring right at me.

And, one photo of four crows mobbing the owl. Can you see all 4 crows?

I See You
A Great Horned Owl looking down from its perch through spring leaves at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Owl and four crows
A Great Horned Owl sits in a tree as four crows (can you find all four?) mob the owl at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

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Spring Tulips

One of my favorite times of the year is when spring tulips bloom.

The tulip season doesn’t last long (it’s almost over here in Minnesota), and I was able to get a few quick photos of the blooming tulips.

Enjoy!

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Purple Tulip
A purple tulip at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

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