Crane Meadows in April 2012

By , April 16, 2012 8:21 pm

Greater Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs

With the early start of the Spring migration we decided to visit one of the local birding hotspots, Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday. It is easily located off Highway 10 just south of Little Falls, MN. It is one of our favorite places because it is close to home so it doesn’t require too much advance preparation. This was our third visit this Spring and the most successful one yet. We spent about 90 minutes there. The weather was warm and both of us were sweating after only a few minutes (and not from exertion). We saw 23 different species but nothing out of the ordinary. Depending on your point of view the best bird of the day was either the Greater Yellowlegs (a bird I haven’t seen in MN before) or the Blue-winged Teal. We met another couple birding and they saw a few more ducks than we did.

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

It is still early in the season, the bugs are still not overpowering. We are looking forward to the latter parts of April and Early May when the Warblers will be abundant.

One Response to “Crane Meadows in April 2012”

  1. Shawnne says:

    Have to remind myself this is still just the beginning of the migration season, except for the ducks, of course. We are getting the Yellow-rumped warbler and today we saw the White-throated Sparrow! Crane Meadows always has surprises for us when we go there. Seeing the Yellow Legs and the Northern Harrier was a real treat for me! I can’t wait for the migrating warblers to really kick in. Then we’ll be really busy!

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