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.

Bonaparte Broom Defense

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.

Re-Located the Nest

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…

First Grebe Egg

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.

American Wigeon Pair

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.

Bird Nesting Area

Every Spring we put out our floating sign warning that our cove is a bird nesting area, do not disturb. It works very well, people in boats respect the nesting areas at the lake. Several ducks have started nests in the weeds along shore, but the funniest part is that two Red Necked Grebes are […]

Duck Convention

More and more each day, the ducks are migrating north for the summer and stop on our lawn for a short respite.

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