A busy March continues

By , March 29, 2012 6:51 pm
Bufflehead pair

Bufflehead pair 3/21/12

The very warm weather we had in mid March has ended. Even though feels a lot cooler, it is hardly cold.  So we have been taking short birding trips whenever we can. We went to Crow Wing State Park on Saturday 3/24/12. In a typical year the park would still be snow covered. Last Saturday I was warm while wearing a very light jacket.

Great Blue Heron Flying By

Great Blue Heron Flying By


We have taken trips to view the local lakes to see if we are getting any ducks. We saw Buffleheads off County Rd 1 a week and a half ago (and we have posted a photo of that event above). We saw our first Eastern Phoebe on March 21st which is about 2 weeks early. On our lake we are seeing a few different ducks each day. We have seen Wood ducks flying over the lake. We had a Greater Scaup on Sunday. None of these were close enough for photos. Today a Hooded Merganser pair swam by our side of the lake and we did manage a few shots. We are getting other we habitat birds. We have been hearing Sandhill Cranes almost every day and we have seen them a few times too. We saw our first Great Blue Heron of the season last Saturday.

Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser 3/29/12

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler 3/29/12

One Response to “A busy March continues”

  1. Shawnne says:

    I am so excited for the Spring migration, which is now in progress. Today we saw the Yellow-rumped warbler! It was very exciting to see it flitting around in the trees by the lake. We have seen a number of Trumpeter Swans. They are so beautiful and special. They are still endangered, I believe. If not, that’s good. Regardless, I love seeing them. We had some bluebirds interested in our front nest box last evening. There were several of these birds in & out of the box. I am hoping they will nest & raise a family there. We have another nest box down by the lake. Hoping to get bluebirds there also! I am so excited to see the first warbler of this Spring. It has been an early start for us this year & I hope it lasts for awhile.

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