Happy June to Everyone out there around our Mother
Earth. May this month’s issue of my blog
find all of you enjoying the Nature that surrounds you! The birds here in the Superior National
Forest of northeastern Minnesota (& elsewhere also) seem ready for a bumper
year and I have my fingers crossed that turns out to be the case.
The return of many avian friends that depart for warmer
climes during the winter has been phenomenal, which is always good for a birder’s
heart! The Swans are back (in what seems
like larger numbers each year) and they were here early, pushing the season on
what small amount of open water they could find at the time. Loons were also packing it in early with a
lot of ice to contend with at first. I
saw four pairs of Swans all at the same time on one small lake. All those white feathers -compared to other
white stuff- on the water was quite a sight!
I am not the only one who has spotted female Cardinals out
and about already this year here in the Northwoods. Seeing a male here, where they never used to
be seen at all, is exciting enough…but seeing females means nesting. That in turn means a new generation of
Cardinals who will be returning here as their home each spring. The only downside to seeing Cardinals is the
undeniable proof of climate change, as they and other species continue to
expand their range further north.
Pushing boreal species further north into Canada, chasing the receding
Sitting in my yard out in the woods to enjoy the greening has
been a great delight. Due to the
smorgasbord of choices in the feeders for the birds I’ve been rewarded with a
backdrop of wondrous feathers I never could have imagined a month ago. The list varies from day to day of course,
but there was one particularly glorious day so far, where all these visitors
Cardinal Black-Capped Chickadee
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak White-Crowned Sparrow
Blackburnian Warbler Red-breasted Nuthatch
Downy Woodpecker Tennessee Warbler
White-Throated Sparrow White-Breasted Nuthatch
Hairy Woodpecker Chestnut-Sided Warbler
Common Redstart Pine Siskin
Indigo Bunting Slate-Colored Junco
American Goldfinch Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
Pileated Woodpecker* Raven*
Bald Eagle* Turkey Vulture*
Now, not all of these were at the feeders per se, especially
the four larger species*, but all of them were easily visible from where I sat
just six to 8 feet away from the feeders.
There are also some that I’m forgetting, but I (my BAD!) was not
equipped for taking notes.
Almost all of those have been seen since, but not all
together within a 90-minute span like the one day. An exquisite new resident on my land, or one
I have never seen there before at any rate, faced me down the other day to
determine who I was or my right to be there.
Thrilled beyond belief, I froze like a statue as a male Ruby-Throated
Hummingbird appeared in front of me and hovered in one space to check me out
for over thirty seconds. I most
definitely need to get some Scarlet Climber and other flowers planted for the
Hummers now that I have proof they are there!
Do you watch birds where you live? Do you go out birdwatching? I would love to hear about some of your
experiences or to have you share your favorite birds to see. Just day one of June and such a promising
start to summer. Get out and enjoy
Nature if you can … even if it is right from your own yard or in front of your