This is the morning snapshot from our webcam. The ice is getting darker every day. If you have not made your ice out guess yet or posted your ice out date and want to change it, you have 2 more days. I think it will be sooner than later. I am going with April 21st (my birthday)
So get your poles ready for some spring fishing. Open water is coming.
Another sign of spring is the bird activity. This morning, I heard my favorite, the chickadee, singing. I am sure they make various calls all winter but it is their song that attracts me to listen and reply.
With spring on the horizon, we will start to hear and see many other birds either nesting or migrating through. Be sure to look up once in awhile when exploring.
The ducks, I think they are Common Merganser, have also been tootling around in our “yard” which is a mini pond right now. I hear them quacking at all hours of the night and day. They better be careful as I also saw a pretty big minks the other day by the lakeside cabins.
The past few evenings have been glorious with calm waters, no wind, no sounds except the loons calling. Can you hear them?
If you are out on the ATV or sitting around the campfire, you just have to look up once in awhile and take it all in. You never know what you will see.
Our guest, Kelly D., woke around 3 am one morning and heard the loons calling. When she looked our the window, this is what she saw.
I have no other words to say on this. Just a perfect moment.
Look who is feasting on our trees. I was only a few feet away from him to get this photo and he had absolutely no fear. It was fun to watch him peck at the tree then spit out the wood to the side! He is lucky that this is a tree that is in need to come down.
May seems to bring out all the mating rituals of birds, especially my beloved tree swallow. Steve even saw a couple chasing each other then they landed right in front of him and did the dirty. He was shocked.
We have many houses all around the property just for them. They frolic, mate, and nest all month. Once they choose a house, they settle down except to fly around to protect that house.
These two were pretty funny to watch. They flew from this house, a very old one, over to Cabin 3, a new build, for about an hour. Then they settled on this house, chirping at each other. It was if to say, she wants to old house with character and he wants the new house that needs no work. I think she won.
The good news, the water level has gone down a little bit but the lake is still frozen.
These little ring neck ducks have been out playing and fishing “on our yard” the past few days. Every time I get close enough to get a good photo, even with my zoom, they paddle on into the trees. Fun to watch them though.