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Early Meadow-Rue buds (f1-20130515-0007)

I love the leaf wads this species puts up in spring—as if all its leaves have spent the winter balled up in a sock drawer.

New growth

Apr. 23rd, 2012 04:27 pm
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I'm terrible at identifying trees and shrubs even when they're fully leafed out, but from the red stems, I guess this is Siberian Dogwood.

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Pamela and I drive to Nerstrand at least once every spring for the wildflowers, and -- lately -- for the birds. This year we continued our streak of missing the bloom of the Dwarf Trout Lily, a cute little white flower endemic to three counties in Minnesota. They were budding, and would probably have been open in two more days. We also couldn't find the Red-Headed Woodpeckers that were flying around the campground last year, and that helped convince me I really did need to buy a new camera so I could take pictures of birds. But we did see plenty of Dutchman's Breeches, my favorite spring wildflower.
Dutchman's Breeches near Hidden Falls at Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park in Minnesota.

The Marsh Marigolds were also very happy this year. Little temporary streams of snow runoff were coming down the hill, lined with yellow on both sides.

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Pamela was recovering from an injury, so we just hiked the one-mile loop to Hidden Falls, then spent the rest of the evening hanging around the bird feeders at the park entrance. The warbler migration was still just getting started, but the suet feeder did attract a couple of Pine Warblers, a new species for us.

A Pine Warbler at Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park in Minnesota.

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