Arb naturalist Matt Schuth tells us that, because of the recent cooler weather, the warbler migration has stalled in this area, and the birdwatching has been the best in many years.
We have a Cooper's Hawk nesting again this year, and a pair of sandhill cranes has been seen in the wetland as late as Sunday (so we are hoping to get a first-time nesting pair). Many warblers have been sighted, including blackburnian, Northern parula, magnolia and more.
Another recent wildlife sighting: the first Eastern kingbird of the season. Visitors also have been enjoying the croaking of American toads under the Arboretum waterfall.
Matt will lead a one-hour Walk for the Curious this Saturday, May 21,at 8:30 a.m. For more information, or to register: visit http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/walksandfitness.aspx or call (952) 443-1422.