Though we were out of town for much of the week, our wildlife friends did not disappoint. Some are regulars, others passing through and most will be heading north over the next month for summer vacation. None are more dependable than a great blue heron who flies by our dock most every morning at about 6:30 am. A true creature of habit, it landed this day on our dock before taking up patrol in an area we maintain for growing rushes. These reeds provide great shelter for little fish and attract lots of birds in search of a snack.
We regularly see river otters visiting this same area but this is the first time we've seen a beaver passing by.
Also for the first time, I saw a juvenile bald eagle dive down and snatch a fish out of the lake, taking advantage of the early morning sun.
If you look closely, you'll see the fish's head being held by the eagle's talons. My pic of the "snatch" was not very good - a long way away and the lake was covered with "cotton" from the cottonwood trees, but this one clearly shows the fish in the eagle's grasp.
The air wars continued last week, this time with a brave crow trying to protect its recently hatched chicks from this notorious nest robber.
Speaking of young birds, I saw this Hooded Merganser mother carefully shepherding around her youngsters in Frog Lake.
What bird makes the most noise around your home? At our house, it's definitely the Stellars Jays.
A member of the crow family (known as Corvedai), these birds are very wily, have a great memory and capable of solving complex problems. Very noisy too.
Have a great week.