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Located on Lake Sakakawea

Jim & Analene Torgerson
11350 Hwy. 1804
Ray, North Dakota 58849-9236

For Reservations Call: 
Business - (701) 568-3474
Cell - (701) 641-0175

"2016"  Celebrating our 28th year in business.

 

BIRDING & JUNEBERRYS

Bring your binoculars.  North Dakota is one of the best bird watching areas in the country.

 

Our four trails each have a different location as well as a variety of styles of bird houses.  The four trails are identified by the color of the number on the exterior of the birdhouse, ie; red trail boxes are numbered with red paint, blue trail boxes with blue paint.
  • Boxes are for observation.  Do not open the boxes as the mothers are nesting and may abandon their nests if disturbed.
  • Boxes are in pairs.  Normally Tree swallows will take up one house and Bluebirds will occupy the other.
   
Lund's Landing Nesting Box Trail Map

 
 
 
Spring Brings Magic
The Juneberry is a native fruit bearing shrub of the Northern Great Plains with its range extending northward through the Canadian prairie provinces into the Southern Yukon and Northwest Territories.  This extremely adaptable plant will grow under a wide range of climatic conditions.

The bush or small tree grows to a height of 18 feet at ideal sites and bears masses of white flowers in early spring.  the fruit is borne in clusters of six to 12 and mature to a purple, red or almost black color.  Eaten fresh the fruits are tasty and may also be used for wine, home canning, fresh, frozen, in pies, jams and fruit rolls.

Spring brings magic to the Great Plains.  Each spring something magical happens in the heart of northwest North Dakota.  Between late March and June, Bluebirds and Juneberrys return to the Northern Great Plains.  In some peoples minds Juneberrys and Bluebirds have a lot in common.  Some suggest that the Juneberry is mind altering.  It can cause hallucinations of muffins, pies, jams and cakes.  Juneberry ice cream can be mind altering in that once tasted can transfer decision making from the brain to the taste buds.

Bluebird courtship activities begin in April and May.  The Mountain Bluebirds arrive a little earlier than the Eastern Bluebird and prefer a pasture/fence post environment as opposed to their cousins who's nesting habits may include a closer proximity to humans and buildings.  Jim and Analene Torgerson who live in the country near Tioga, North Dakota are a classic example of Juneberry and Bluebird addicts.  For 30 years, the Torgersons have hiked along gullies, across streams, around hill crests, thru cow pastures, over fences, and just about anywhere a shrub grows in pursuit of elusive Juneberrys and Blue birds.

 

 
There are people who say the large pea-sized Juneberry growing on North Dakota's rolling prairies should be North Dakota's State Fruit.  One thing is certain, the wild dark blue, sweet, juicy and succulent Juneberry is special.

Explorers and fur trappers followed the Indians in harvesting and eating wild Juneberries (Serviceberries) long before North Dakota was a state.  Meriwether Lewis wrote of his party staving off starvation with Serviceberry pancakes.  Sounds like one of the better ways to survive any crises.

Juneberries favor the north slopes of hillsides.  The tall shrub or small tree, often knee high to chest high, have dark blue berries, smooth skinned, with a surface gray waxy bloom.  The leaves are oblong and serrated.  You can start finding ripe berries in early July.  pick them fast as the July heat dries them up fairly quickly and the birds have a sharp eye out for them also.

 

Bluebirds

Hikers and trekkers can walk from beaches to bluffs to open ranch country along the miles of Bluebird trails which hug the Missouri River.  The areas' diverse geography offers a variety of habitats for bird observations and study.  A hike thru the area will snare views of deer, badgers, eagles, coyotes and red foxes.

Bluebirds are family oriented.  The courting male dotes on the female, waving his wings, enticing her to select a nest site and offering her treats.  He courageously guards the box during nest construction.  He delivers food to the incubating female and participates equally in feeding nestlings and fledglings.

A few of the other birds in the area

  • Mountain & Eastern Bluebirds
  • Baird's Sparrow
  • Least Tern
  • Piping Plover
  • Lazuli Bunting
  • Sprague's Pipit
  • Rock Wren
  • Ferruginous Hawk
  • Common Flicker
  • Long billed Curlew
  • Kingfisher

 

WHAT TO BRING

Bird-watching requires comfortable walking shoes, comfortable outdoor clothing and a decent pair of binoculars. 

Bluebirds are considered harbingers of spring.  Although they may over-winter in colder climates, they actively begin house hunting in February and March, signaling better weather ahead.



Bird watchers can walk our picturesque trails,
                and observe all the different species of songbirds in the area


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Jim & Analene Torgerson
11350 Hwy. 1804
Ray, North Dakota 58849-9236
For Reservations Call: 
Business - (701) 568-3474

lundslanding@nccray.com

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