We went for a drive yesterday through Tamarac Wildlife Refuge. It is not far from our home and if you aren’t in a hurry you can meander through it on the way to Detroit Lakes. The road we travel is mostly gravel.
There are a few signs of spring there.
A pair of Mallard Ducks
Finally at this wetland we heard the Spring Peepers. I know spring is here now, they have awakened from their muddy entombment….and they are real happy about it!
Trumpeter Swan, they have paired off now and will nest soon if they haven’t already.
I think this might be a Yellow Rumped Warbler of some sort. We sat watching them flit around at the edge of one of the ponds. Chance watched too. Interesting little bird but they don’t stay in one place very long so this was my lucky shot of the day.
We saw our first Loons of the year over at Tamarac Lake.
There is a pair … they were a long ways off…usually we see them before we hear them and should have heard them down on Straight Lake by now… perhaps they are down at the other end of the lake or the wind has been blowing like a banshee, so we have not heard them yet.
They must have done a prescribed burn recently around one of the wetlands on the refuge. Usually we don’t see burned areas in the refuge. We also noted that the North Country Trail System has a real nice hiking/cross country ski trail along Pine Lake now. Far Guy said “One day we will give it a whirl.”
Our weather was about 50F or 10C eh. It was a nice day! Lows at night are about 35F or 1C eh.