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PHENOLOGY

Phenology

Third Week of December

Snow on boughs of white pines and other evergreen trees are a stunning sight. Listen for duet hooting in the night air, from pairs of great horned owls; one calls and then a few seconds later another answers. No doubt these birds are setting up nesting territories. Each year great horned owls are the first to nest and begin laying eggs in late January.

December 19, 2015: Many Minnesota lakes froze up, including Iowa Lake and Hall Lake south of Fairmont, Cannon Lake and French Lake near Faribault, Lake Waconia and Lotus Lake in Carver County, and Lake Bemidji in Beltrami County. On the Duluth Christmas Bird Count, 63 species were observed including 51 evening grosbeaks, 45 Bohemian waxwings, and three greater blackbacked gulls.

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Freeze-up for Lake Minnetonka:
2015 December 31
2014 November 27
2013 November 29
2012 December 22
2011 December 16

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