Black's Cliff Resort's Birch Bark Blog

The projects, chores, and life of a family-owned, Northern Wisconsin resort.

I was driving home this morning and caught a splash of color out of the corner of my eye and I grabed the camera and creped over to see if I could catch this elusive bird just across the road from the resort. Below is a hint but don’t look unless you need to

See the flash of red on the ground

See the flash of red on the ground

I had never seen this bird on the ground before. He has rooting around at the base of a tree in the snow

A little better pic if you are still stumped

A little better pic if you are still stumped

The elusive Pileated Woodpecker

The elusive Pileated Woodpecker

After playing hide and seek in the bushes with me, he decided to pose for a great picture before flying off.  He gave me exactly 5 seconds to take the above and below picture before flying off.  You blink and these elusive birds are gone.  The sound of them drumming on trees is the only hint as to their location in the woods when you are walking

Caught on Camera

Caught on Camera

Usually my camera is nowhere near when these big woodpeckers fly over head but I caught them this morning. They are the biggest woodpeckers that we have in the North and are a neat sight to see

Woke up this morning to snow on the roof

Woke up this morning to snow on the roof

Can you tell from the last 2 posts I ran into a buy on birdhouses?  I love this old one, not sure how to attach it to a tree, just might leave it on my deck as a snow gauge

Looking up at the trees 7:30 am

Looking up at the trees 7:30 am

Interesting effect

Interesting effect

I was not going to post this pic, I was trying to flash the birchtree but it was too far away and the camera focused on falling snow.  Still turned out interesting

Time to go home......

Time to go home......

I caught Mike and Jean heading out the driveway this morning.

Mike and Jean enjoying Christmas Snow as they called it

Mike and Jean enjoying Christmas Snow as they called it

They were loving the snow and thought it was perfect snow like at Christmas.  They saw an eagle land on a tree in the snow and a loon call through the flakes.  They said the morning could not be more perfect unless they moved in to stay for the winter.  Sadly the town of Jainesville would not function if they did

Quiet October days by the lake

Quiet October days by the lake

Most of the leaves are on the ground except for the oaks.  Took this pic by the lake and I think it sums up the end of October

Winter wood supply growing

Winter wood supply growing

The precious supply of oak wood that Troy defends all year long for us to use in the winter is slowly making its way over to the house.  Ever want to drive Troy nuts, grab some of his oak from his special winter wood supply and burn it in a firepit.  I do not recommend this course of action, it has some interesting repercussions.

Jack's Landing looking quiet

Jack's Landing looking quiet

Duck Hunters Arrive

Duck Hunters Arrive

Fall always brings a few bird hunters from woodcock, ruffed grouse and ducks.  No they do not shoot the ducks around the lake but go to more uninhabited lakes and marshes in the area.  Deer Hunting is just around the corner November 20th.

Quiet Resort

Quiet Resort

It is the time of year to enjoy the quiet and a fireplace and we have several people up doing just that

Finally got a few bridhouses up for the birds in time for snow showers tonight.  I do have to admit that quiet days like this around the resort are some of my favorite.  Spring is work, Summer is family fun, Winter and Fall are time to slow down and enjoy the quiet.  Nice thing is when the quiet starts to get on your nerves Spring and Summer are right around the corner.  That is why I could not live in Florida I truly love the change in seasons that Northern Wisconsin offers.

I think this picture sums up the beach

I think this picture sums up the beach

Docks heading out of the water

Docks heading out of the water

Boats following the docks to dry ground

Boats following the docks to dry ground

White dock in dry dock

White dock in dry dock

Ladders looking lonely and in need of paint

Ladders looking lonely and in need of paint

Raft in for the winter

Raft in for the winter

I am running a Blog Special for the next 3 weekends. Bayview, Wildflower and Restawhile can be booked at 100/night for 2 nights or 90/night for 3 nights. Birchwood and Shamrock for anyone that wants the bigger fireplaces I will run at 115/night for 2 nights or 105/night for 3 nights for groups up to 4.  Sales Tax is 5.5%

So if the economy has you stressed and you want to escape to the woods these are the cheapest rates I will be running all year.  Linens are included but as usual bring towels (can’t do everything)

These rates work up to November 19th

This is the rumbelings I have heard about for Sunday.  Jake came home saying people at school were talking about a foot of snow for Sunday.  I don’t think that is true but we may see the first snow of the season on Sunday.  I am not counting the sleety icey rain we had the other day that drenched my laundry on the line

From the National Weather Service

ATTENTION WILL TURN TO THE COLD FRONT THAT WILL SWEEP ACROSS THE
AREA ON SUNDAY. 850MB TEMPERATURES WILL PLUNGE THROUGH THE DAY
ON STRONG COLD ADVECTION. LATEST RUNS DIFFER ON THE EVOLUTION
OF THE COLDEST AIR AND HOW IT MOVES ACROSS THE AREA...BUT THAT SHOULD
MAKE LITTLE DIFFERENCE WITH WINDY CONDITIONS AND MORE THAN LIKELY
FALLING TEMPERATURES DURING THE DAY SUNDAY. WAY TOO EARLY TO ADD THAT
DETAIL IN THE FORECAST WITH THE FALLING TEMPERATURES. FOR SUNDAY
NIGHT...WINDS BECOME MORE FAVORABLE FOR LAKE EFFECT SNOWS ACROSS
VILAS COUNTY. COULD BE THE FIRST ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL OF THE SEASON
OVER THE NORTH. WARM GROUND TEMPERATURES SHOULD TEMPER SNOWFALL
AMOUNTS...SO ONLY EXPECT A COUPLE INCHES OF SNOW BETWEEN SUNDAY NIGHT
AND MONDAY NIGHT. HAVE TRENDED MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES DOWNWARD FOR
MONDAY AND TUESDAY BASED ON NEW RUNS TODAY.

I have a 50 -50 shot at this.  I think the Downey are smaller than the Hairy Woodpecker so my vote is a Downey Woodpicker on the Red Pine by Kaubashine.

Unloading the big pontoon boat

Unloading the big pontoon boat

Time to take out the pontoon boats a sure sign of the end of fall.  Beach chairs getting a ride up the hill.  Now the question of how good Craig is at parking the 34 foot trailer

Taking aim, the look of concentration

Taking aim, the look of concentration

How close is he going to get to the trees

How close is he going to get to the trees

Parallel parking in the volleyball court, making it through the trees to park for the winter

Close call on the maple tree

Close call on the maple tree

He made it

He made it

Done for the winter.  Only one more pontoon to pull out

Steve I have a little problem

Steve I have a little problem

Olja looking to Steve for a little help.  What happens when you adopt a reformed Bear Hunting hound dog and try to teach her not to chase everything.

We all have days like this

We all have days like this

Olja fell off the wagon and went on a chase and came up with about 20 quills in her nose and lips.  Stick to rabbits and red squirrels they don’t bite back.  I think Olja learned her lesson after having 20 quills pulled out and Jen will be keeping better tabs on both Steve and Olja

Monster Crappie!

Monster Crappie!

This crappie was caught last week out on the Willow Flowage.  I think it was about 14 inches, and is one of the biggest crappies I have ever seen.  These boys were treated to a day on the Willow catching a tank full of crappie, none were less than 11 inches.  The Willow is down a little in water and the fishing is awesome.  The Willow Flowage is down either County Y or Cedar Falls Road 10 minutes from the resort.  I only have a few guests that wander over to it and more should give it a try

Walleye

Walleye

They also caught this stray walleye.  I have head the Walleye in the Willow are also good, they only caught this single walleye but with all the crappie they had they needed no more fish to clean.  As it was, we had shut off the water to the fish house and they were cleaning fish with a bucket of water and an electric knife