In the morning a dozen birds swarmed our Mountain Ash tree, they were devouring the red berries. Soon they were satiated and flew off to distant trees to roost. Fun to watch.
The migrating ducks stop along our shore on the ice to feed, leaving trails on the surface.
No matter how many times I’ve seen Tundra Swans they are always exciting to watch. This family of eight spent time in our cove feeding this morning.
I took this photo from the upstairs inside the house, I wish I had time to go to the end of the dock to take a picture. These three Common Loons graced our cove for only a short time before swimming to other parts of the lake. I love the call of the Loons.
Oh my, one of the Rednecked Grebes has laid an egg. Not much chance for this one to hatch. She must know this otherwise she would be sitting on the nest.
The Red Necked Grebes are very good parents and work together to feed the babies. The size of a golf ball, the babies are very good swimmers.
A few years ago during a visit from our son, Ron Niebrugge, he decided to drag some dead logs into the shallow water along the edge of the lake to provide a place for the ducks to roost and preen. It has proven to be a favorite place for the ducks, and is very close […]
It is so much fun to sit at the end of the dock and watch the Grebes care for their newborns. Two more nests should be hatching soon, one is right at the base of the dock!
The baby Mallards are getting big, I watch them during their daily treks to my lawn to grub for food. Their mamma stands alert while the young ones eat, she never takes her eyes off of them and the surroundings. If concerned, she quickly escorts them as they waddle back into the foliage along shoreline.
Several families waddle onto the lawn during the day, this morning before these two groups came there was a mamma and nine babies, they were tiny fur balls. These two families of baby ducks are nearly full grown.
Any day now the eggs should start hatching, three nests quite close together and near the dock.
We had a visit today from two families of ducks, they waddled all over the back yard eating and drinking, then suddenly they were gone!
Currently there are three Rednecked Grebe nests within 50′ of our dock. One is right next to the dock. The first nest built should be hatching chicks soon, if not already. Unfortunately whenever we try to walk down to the dock we are attacked by Bonaparte Gulls, their babies are swimming along shore. I wear […]
Here are the little baby Bonapartes that the adult gulls are protecting. It is a bit unpleasant on our dock at the moment with the adult gulls dive bombing anyone who ventures forth.
Carrie and Bob are sweeping and scraping duck poop from the dock. The birds and ducks are causing all kinds of commotion.
The push broom is the best defense against the nasty Bonaparte Gulls as they dive bomb us when we try to access the dock. Caregiver Carrie is fending off the nasty gull while Bob wearing a hard hat heads onto the dock.
I’m not sure what happened but the Grebes have built a new nest further out from shore, abandoning the original nest. It could have something to do with the muskrat that has a home in the bluff under the dock very near the old nest. Just surmising…
The Rednecked Grebes are back and they didn’t waste any time building a nest and laying the first egg. They nest in the same spot each year, and it is so much fun to watch the eggs hatch and the babies ride around on their parents backs, even when they dive for food.
There are several pairs of ducks nesting in our cove, they come up on my lawn after I broadcast cracked corn. This is a handsome pair of American Wigeons.