Where to begin?
A bunch of pictures have come in during the past few days. They include, curiously enough, pictures from different photographers of red admiral butterflies.
But let’s start big:
Kurt Kuehn took this picture Sunday in Alden Township. He said he thinks it’s a merlin. Having looked in the bird book, I have to agree. Probably a juvenile, I’m thinking.
Lyle Anderson, who lives on Park Point, said he was glad to have a rose-breasted grosbeak hanging around for a couple of days. He offers pictures of the grosbeak, a grosbeak with a goldfinch and a couple of goldfinches:
Oh, and a bluejay …
And a red admiral butterfly, making like a hummingbird:
Here’s the other red admiral butterfly, offered by Bernie St. George:
Last but least, this photo of a Baltimore oriole along Duluth’s Western Waterfront Trail, taken on Sunday by me:
During that Mother’s Day stroll, I also saw a trumpeter swan (or maybe a tundra swan), several yellow warblers, a white-throated sparrow and many birds I couldn’t identify.
During a bike ride on Monday, I think I saw a kingfisher at Grassy Point. I went back to look for it today, but mostly saw Canada geese and red-winged blackbirds. One American redstart showed itself, though, which made the short trip across West Duluth worthwhile.
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