Nature Notes
By Jim Gilbert The air is filled with sounds of birds now in late April. We hear the loud rattling of belted kingfishers, wood peckers drumming, the chattering of tree swallows, mourning doves cooing, and Canada geese honking. Added to this is the “cheer-up” song of the American robin, the disti...Read More
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By Jim Gilbert Some great blue herons returned in March, but since the ice cover left Lake Waconia on April 2 we’re seeing more of these majestic birds. They winter in a range extending from the southern states down into Central America, and always return to their breeding range and specifically t...Read More
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By Jim Gilbert Few of nature’s very early spring events are more thrilling to behold than a V-formation of Canada geese, heading north, flying at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour, in honking communication with each other. The geese are returning from states south of Minnesota. Waterways start to ...Read More
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By Jim Gilbert Last year we heard the first hollow mournful cooing of the mourning dove on March 9, in 2013 it was Feb. 25, and in 2012 on Feb. 23. Wintering over birds are usually heard by the end of February, heralding spring. It’s the male mourning doves that produce the distinctive four-part s...Read More
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By Jim Gilbert Normally red foxes are relatively solitary but now they are observed in pairs. They breed from late January into February, and the females usually bear four to six young after a 51-day gestation. The family occupies a burrow that the foxes dig themselves or remodel from the den of ano...Read More
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