Nasty Bonapartes are Back

I’m not looking forward to the Bonaparte Gulls building a nest in the big spruce tree down by the dock. I try to discourage nest building there. Once eggs are layed, the gulls will dive bomb anyone coming near the tree. I wear a hard-hat and carry a push broom overhead for protection. Go somewhere […]

Mallard Pair

This female Mallard has a next down by the water in the weeds, the male stands guard from the vantage point of our lawn. It is unusual to see her off the nest. Such a handsome pair!

First Mallards

A male and a female Mallard arrived and have begun to build a nest in the woods next to the house. I can’t wait to see the baby chicks.

Magpie Nest

Magpie freshening the old nest from last year. It is getting to be that time of year when eggs are laid and soon chicks are born. Spring!

Pair of Mallards Arrived

I didn’t get a photo, the Mallard pair were only here for a few minutes, but this is the earlies I’ve seen them in the yard. The wind continues to howl, melting mountains of snow. There are some patches of grass showing on the lawn by the lake. I sprinkled cracked corn on the lawn, […]

Birds Swarm the Berries

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.

Duck Trails

The migrating ducks stop along our shore on the ice to feed, leaving trails on the surface.

Tundra Swan Family Visited this Morning

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.

Three Gorgeous Loons

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.

An Egg in August?

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.

Feeding Baby Grebes

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.

Duck Log

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 […]

Red Necked Grebe Babies

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!

Proud Mamma

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.

Mallard Families

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.

Three Grebe Nests

Any day now the eggs should start hatching, three nests quite close together and near the dock.

Ducklings Pay a Visit

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!

Grebe On Egg

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 […]

Bonaparte Gull Babies

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.

Cleaning the Poop Dock

Carrie and Bob are sweeping and scraping duck poop from the dock. The birds and ducks are causing all kinds of commotion.

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