Common Loon

Last night as I gazed out the window before going to bed I spotted this beautiful Loon quietly swimming and feeding in our cove. These are such majestic birds, I love watching them.

Two Big Duck Families

Lots of ducks on the lake right now. The babies are almost as large as their parents.

4th Of July Boat Parade

It has been a few years since we stayed home on the 4th of July and we were pleasantly surprised by the fun parade of boats complete with American flags that motored by our yard. Fun day.

Mamma With Seven

There are about three or four families of ducks that frequent our yard now. Some of the babies have grown quite large, this is a new hatch.

Baby Mallards

This mamma Mallard has quite a brood to care for.

Two Swans

The other day I looked out the window at the lake and saw these two beautiful swans swimming in our cove. They stayed awhile, fed and rested, then took off for the breeding grounds a bit further north.

Cinnamon Teal?

This beautiful cinnamon colored duck swam by yesterday with a brood of ten babies! I looked her up in the Sibleys Guide to Northwestern Birds and she seems to fit the description of a Cinnamon Teal. Thoughts anyone?

Curious Common Loons

All morning these loons circled the nesting Rednecked Grebe. I wondered if they were going to try to oust her from the nest and eat the eggs. But, as of tonight, they are gone and the Grebe is still sitting on the nest.

Duck at Brunch

Mosquito Hatch

We have had a wet, cool Spring, thus a giant hatch of mosquitoes have invaded. Today I fired up two Mosquito Magnets and soon their mesh bags will be full of the bodies of dead mosquitoes! Yay!!

Nesting Sign Sinking

Ooops! The Rednecked Grebes have built a nest on the support braces of our Bird Nesting sign, and it is ready to sink. In this photo I can see one egg, but I’m sure there are several more. The Grebes won’t let us get near the nest to make repairs, so what will be, will […]

Immature Bald Eagle Eying Potential Lunch

This juvenile Bald Eagle hung around watching the lake and then eying Princess. We took Princess inside for safety. Her outdoor kennel has a wire mesh roof for just this very situation.

Quiet Hours on the Lake Start at 11:00PM

Another idiot, where are their brains? This is a residential lake with homes all along the shore. Do they think we love hearing loud speed boats while we try to sleep? Troopers will be called if it happens again.

Nesting Area Do Not Disturb

I hired a helper for the yard and one of his jobs was to put the floating sign out at the edge of our cove. It was produced by Alaska Fish and Game and warns that this is a nesting area and do not disturb. It works very well, the boats stay away and we […]

Mallards and Wigeons

Springtime is when the migrating birds and ducks come back to Alaska to nest, and they often pause on our lake or lawn to feed and rest during the long flight. Yesterday we had our resident pair of Mallard ducks and a visiting pair of American Wigeons.

Barrows Golden Eye Pair Visit

A beautiful pair of Barrows Golden Eye stopped for a rest yesterday, then continued onto their nesting grounds after feeding. This was taken from inside the house, if I tried to get closer outdoors they would have flown away.

Ice Shards

This is truly break-up, the surface ice splintering into sharp shards. It will be all melted by tomorrow.

Slow Down, Idiot!

The rules of our lake include a no wake zone 100′ from shore. This idiot is not only creating a wake, but driving through a critical nesting area. I normally put out a floating sign designating the nesting area and to “keep out”, but the ice only went out yesterday. I’ve got to get the […]

Ice Melting Fast

Open water along shore is making the Mallards happy. I’m thinking by the first of next week the lake ice will all be gone.

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 […]

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