Mother Grebe feeding the one day old chick while the two day old chick watches. On the lower left the father Grebe forages for food. We had the pleasure of watching this family grow in the nest that was constructed on a log just ten feet from our dock. This is the second year the Grebes have chosen this spot. Another family built a floating nest in the middle of the cove and produced two chicks several weeks ago. A third couple re-built their nest three times picking very poor locations, the final spot is on a floating “Bird Nesting Area” sign, and is very unstable. It will be a miracle if the eggs hatch, especially after all the personal watercraft activity during the recent heat wave, and the non-enforcement of the No Wake Zone 100′ from shore. The other regulation that has been ignored is the 11:00 pm to 8:00 am “quiet time”, partiers have been roaring around in the semi light all night long, yelling and screaming. I think I prefer the cool rainy time on the lake, instead of the hot days that bring out the drunken, thoughtless idiots.
Gail Niebrugge, wildlife artist