Do you enjoy viewing or photographing wildlife? It can be a good way to get out and enjoy nature during this difficult time we are experiencing. Below are a few wildlife subjects to look for during late spring/early summer.
First half of May- Warblers in their full breeding plumage. Also look for indigo bunting, scarlet tanager or rose-breasted grosbeak. Start searching prairies for upland sandpipers, marbled godwits, bobolinks along with butterflies and wildflowers. Trumpeter swans will be nesting in marshes of central and northern Minnesota, with their young hatching by mid-June (please keep a respectable distance).
June- In northern Minnesota watch for ruffed grouse and spring songbirds. Shallow prairie marshes may have waterfowl and waterbirds. Watch for grebes, coots, ducks, swans, blackbirds, wrens, rails, minks, and otter.
Use binoculars and a telephotos lens, keep your distance and be respectful. If you notice the animal is stressed, back off. Especially during nesting season.
Visit your local DNR website for more Information on wildlife near your area.