Meet the Spring Peeper

When you are only an inch long, you have special issues. Being heard above all others so you can find a mate, can be a problem. And, with wetlands diminishing, space is a challenge. Meet the Northern Spring Peeper. Called “pinkletinks” or “tinkeltoes” in some areas of the...

Tree Swallows and New Fle...

Tree Swallows are cavity nesters. Choice locations are holes in trees, but they readily take to man-made nest boxes. The male diligently guards the nest box from predators such as House Sparrows or Red Squirrels, while the female builds the nest and incubates. Young swallows spend most of...

Trumpeter Swans in Icy Sp...

Spring does not always bring early warmth. These Trumpeter Swans are spending this cold spring grouped together, patiently waiting for warm rain to open more waterways. The adults, living to 20 years or more, measure four feet high with a wingspan of seven feet. Once hunted to near...

Wilson’s Snipe

The Wilson’s snipe is a common shorebird that enjoys the wet, grassy areas of early spring melt-water ponds. It uses its long, flexible bill to probe the ground; searching out earthworms and small invertebrates. As seen here, during the breeding season, the snipe exploits its flashy tail to...

Great Blue Heron Early Sp...

Even before the snow has left us completely, the Great Blue Herons arrive in the rookeries. The first males to arrive get the prime, strongest nest sites within the rookery. These same nests may be used year after year, or new ones built. They defend their territory from other males, eagerly...

Ruffed Grouse Rhythm

: The beginning of April signals the turning point for this Ruffed Grouse. Mating season is fast approaching and he has this exact location picked out; he is ready to start advertising. By fanning his wings back and forth repetitiously, he creates a low, reverberating song that carries...

Lake Superior Ice

Late Winter, Lake Superior. Not a nice place sometimes. But, taken in the right frame of mind the beauty of the place comes to you. Ice palaces and rocky frozen shores can terrify the inner qualms. Cold, bitter, yet beautiful. Ride the waves of ice-ridden water as the shores of Lake Superior...

Pileated Woodpecker Drumm...

You just can’t beat a good hollow tree. That’s what many of nature’s subjects truly believe. This Pileated Woodpecker, the largest in North America, has found just what he’s looking for–a sturdy, yet hollow tree. He checks out the tree, then everyone around can check out...

Spring Turkeys are here!

Every late winter/early spring, turkeys flock here in the Northwoods. They join into groups of up to 100 birds. Moving about within the flocks, the tom turkeys position themselves for the hens benefit. Watch how this tom moves his tail strategically so each individual hen can notice him as...

Late Winter Chickadee

Frosty mornings are still upon is. Spring is right around the corner, temperatures are beginning to warm. Add occasional moisture on top of the snow and we get beautiful frost on the pines. Birds are feeding constantly, like this chickadee. Cardinals are beginning to sing their spring songs....