Signs of spring include foot prints of Ted out foraging in his pen on this first day of spring, and an early riser visiting a bird feeder 3 miles north of Ely the evening of March 16. Today, trumpeter swans were sitting on the ice of a lake just 5 miles from here. No lakes are open around here yet.
A Lily Fan asked about bread being bad for birds. I hadn’t heard that but looked it up. Moldy bread is toxic to some birds.
A Lily Fan asked if any bears have gone through life without having cubs. I only know that in Ontario a bear had her first cubs as late as 11 years old.
Out the window, birds looked good in the late afternoon light.
|Chickadee||Red-breasted nuthatch||Red-breasted nuthatch|
Thank you for all you do.
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center