Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Leaves dropping already.  Hearing Barred Owls in the evening.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Wife saw a young black bear along 61 between Stacy and Wyoming.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Over 90 degrees in the shade today. Thistle feeder draining faster than my 401k.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Canoeing on Sunshine Pool

Loads of various aquatic plants, including white water lily. Loads of swallows spotted eating the dragon and mayflies (who were in turn feeding on the mosquitoes and gnats.)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Hazy summer weekend.   Sandhill Cranes and ravens both very vocal this week.  Also heard loons  and wood ducks and spotted mallards nesting in the flooded roadside ditches.

Sunday, June 03, 2012


Hearing more and more ravens north of the cities.  Saw one perched by the concrete plant by Stacy, MN.

Wild Rose, Carlos Avery

Monday, May 28, 2012

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Monarchs Spotted

Numerous monarchs spotted on Sunshine Trail. Tent Caterpillars seem to be out in force as well. Wonder how much of this is due to the warm spring and the recent wet weather. Ravens heard (but not yet seen) lately around Linwood Township. Unusual as they generally stick north.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Oriole Spotted

Appears to be gathering bits of dried milkweed plant to make a nest in our backyard.

Black Cherry Tree in Bloom

Tiger Swallowtail seen feeding on some nectar-rich serviceberry blossoms down the road.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Wildllife on Pelican Lake

Making a Stopper Knot
Overhauled the running rigging and launched the Springtide. Had the lake almost to ourselves this weekend, save for seagulls, great blue and green herons, and a noisy band of terns. Wind so light on Saturday it took us two hours to run as many miles.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Baby Geese in Carlos Avery

Canadian geese spotted with their young in Carlos Avery.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sandhill Cranes Spotted in Carlos Avery

Sandhill Cranes
The Sunrise River
Prairie Smoke growing in native garden.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Saw swallows, Wood Ducks, geese, Mallards, Grebes, and a Great Blue Heron in Carlos Avery this morning.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Trumpeter Swans

Spotted a pair near Stacy, MN that seemed to be travelling in a flock of Canadian Geese. Sandhill Cranes extremely vocal. While the morning was cloudy and in the 40's, temps seem to be picking up as the sun comes out. Cleaned out the bluebird houses, anticipate they'll be arriving early just as everything else is this year.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Found a beautiful section of the Sunrise trail off a small dirt road near Stacy.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wood Ducks scoping out potential nests in Circle Pines, MN. Cooler. Fewer chorus frogs, but Spring Peepers still heard sporadically.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

A photo of what I believe to be a flock of coots in Carlos Avery. Unusually (and I emphasize the un part of usually) warm. Temps in the 60's.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Heard the first spring peepers and sandhill cranes yesterday. Peepers strident this evening as the first storm hits. Unusually warm&humid.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Maple flowers.
Like Medusa, except with a birdhouse.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Photos from the Maplewood Nature Center

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Saw three flocks of geese on the way to work, and a large number mulling about on Lamprey Lake off 35.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Heard the following in the pat few days:
  • Canadian Geese
  • Sandhill Cranes
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Red-winged Blackbird