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On a beautiful cool morning my wife and I took a walk on the Red Cedar State Trail. There were large numbers of flowers out along the Trail. The Bloodroot and the Pussy Willows were just about done blooming. It was early in the morning and the Bloodroot had not opened yet.

Bloodroot

Pussy Willow

The White Trout Lillie’s were out in some places. When we walked by the first time they were not open yet but when we returned they had opened.

 

The Anemone were out in large numbers along the trail.

 

Wood Anemone

Canada Anenome

There were large groups of Spring Beauty blooming on the side of the trail.

Lots of Common Blue Violets can be found.

The wildflowers are really blooming all along the Red Cedar State Trail.

White Trout Lilly

White Trout Lilly

Marsh Marigold

Marsh Marigold

Swamp Buttercup

Swamp Buttercup

Common Blue Violet

Common Blue Violet

Canada Anemone

Canada Anemone

Bloodroot

Bloodroot

It rained most of the morning and was still raining in the afternoon. We finally decided we need to get out. I made and purchased some new rain gear and was anxious to try it out so we decided to drive down the the Trail and see what was happening. Things didn’t go well. When I arrived I realized that the plastic cover for the camera that I designed was not in the pack that I brought. It was still in the pack at home. I had purchased a new pair of rain pants that should allow me to put them on without taking my shoes off. I thought I would put them on at the trail head and see how things went. Unfortunately I had grabbed my old rain pants and couldn’t get them on over my boots. So much for testing my rain gear.

We were amazed at the number of flowers out along the trail. Most of them are weeks ahead of schedule.

Marsh Marigold

Marsh Marigold

Common Blue Violet

Common Blue Violet

Bloodroot

Bloodroot

White Trout Lily

White Trout Lily

Cut-leaved Toothwort

Cut-leaved Toothwort

 

 

Last week we made our second trip over to Nerstrand Big Woods State Park this spring. Nerstrand is a White Trout Lilly heaven. The woods are carpeted with Trout Lilies. It is also the home to the rare Dwarf Trout Lilly which can only be found in three counties in south eastern Minnesota.

White Trout Lily

White Trout Lily

The White Trout Lilies were just starting to bloom so this week should be an excellent time to visit the park.

White Trout Lily

White Trout Lily

The park ranger indicated that a single Dwarf Trout Lilly was in bloom and indicated where we could find it. As expected we walked right past it. Fortunately there were some flower folks ahead of us and they point it out to us. Luckily it was right along the trail but it is so small that it is difficult to see. It’s about a fifth the size of the normal Trout Lilly. It was a popular stopping point on the trail with lots of folks gathered around to look at it.

Dwarf Trout Lily

Dwarf Trout Lily

There were also a lot of other flowers blooming. Spring Beauty, False Rue Anemone, Bloodroot, Downy Yellow Violets, and Common Blue Violets were only a few of the flowers blooming in the park. The park website does an excellent job of identifying the flowers in bloom.

Spring Beauty

Spring Beauty

False Rue Anemone

False Rue Anemone

Bloodroot

Bloodroot

Common Blue Violet

Common Blue Violet

I’ve been walking on the Red Cedar State Trail several times this week. The big thing is the number of flowers blooming along the trail. In an earlier post I had mentioned that the False-Rue-Anemone, Marsh Marigolds, and Spring Beauty were blooming. They are continuing to bloom in large numbers. The Marsh Marigolds are now in full bloom all along the trail.

This week a number of new flowers are blooming along the trail.

The White Trout Lilies are just starting to bloom. They should be in full bloom by this weekend

Wild Blue Phlox are starting to be seen along the trail in small bunches.

Common Blue Violets can be seen all along the trail and are in full bloom.

Swamp Buttercups are also starting to bloom all along the trail.

There are many more flowers blooming along the trail including Wild Ginger, Gooseberry, Ostrich Ferns, Ground Ivy, Cut-leaved Toothwort and Early Meadow Rue.

In addition to the wildflowers there were large numbers of butterflies on the trail. Swallowtails, Red Admirals, Mourning Cloaks, Fritillaries, Sulphurs, Whites and Blues.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

While the flowers are early this year the bird migration is not. I’ve seen a few American Redstarts but it doesn’t appear that the Warbler migration has started yet. Unfortunately the trees will likely be leafed out by the time the migrations is underway making it difficult to see the birds.

American Redstart

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet male

There were a variety of birds along the trail this week. The hundreds of Yellow-rumped Warblers that came through a couple of weeks ago are gone. I did find quite a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets along the trail. It is hard to tell them apart unless the male displays his crown. They are difficult to photograph because they are in constant motion and they are a very small bird. The Bald Eagles have hatched and there three eaglets in the nest. The nest is located at about the 1.5 mile mark in a large pine tree on the east side of the river.

This week the flowers have really started to bloom along the trail. Rather than list them I’ve posted photographs.

Spring Beauty

White Trout Lily

Swamp Buttercup

Marsh Marigold

Bloodroot

Cut-leaved Toothwort

Rue Anemone

Nodding Trillium

Common African Violet