NATURE NOTES OF S.E. MINNESOTA
Friday, April 27, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
MORE WOODLAND FLOWERS BLOOMING DESPITE COLD APRIL
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
SANDHILL CRANE COURTSHIP
On Thursday, April 5, we took a little road trip to New Albin, Iowa. We drove out onto the Mississippi floodplain just east of town. This area is part of the Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge. Towards sunset we were lucky enough to spot two Sandhill Cranes in the backwaters close to the road. They were busy feeding at first and then honored us with a courtship display. We watched them for about 15 minutes and what a treat! Their actions and vocalizations are really fun to see. While most sandhills migrate farther north, this pair appeared to be setting up nesting in Iowa. There are also a few Sandhill Cranes nesting in Houston, Fillmore, and Winona counties. We first found migrating Sandhill Cranes in Fillmore County, Minnesota back in 1994. Since then their presence seems to have been very slowly increasing in this area. See more sandhill pictures below.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
A RIOT OF SPRING WOODLAND FLOWERS
Red Admirals feed on any nectar/pollen producing plant. The larva feed almost exclusivly on nettles.-Yes even stinging nettles produce something positive. They will produce a later hatch this summer and those butterflies are larger in size. The plums, the Red Admirals, and all the woodland wildflowers are all about a month early this year. March was the warmest on record for S.E. Minnesota.
PS We ate asparagus from our garden on Tuesday, April 3. That is