Black's Cliff Resort's Birch Bark Blog

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

Browsing Posts tagged minocqua loons

After 2 days of tantalizing me with far off calls and appearing by the road when I was in a hurry on the way to pick someone up or drop off at school with no camera I finally caught the loon!  With a lake still half frozen the loon has restricted swimming area for awhile but it was hanging in its favorite fishing hole down where the road meets the lake

I only have seen the one loon.  Is this one just passing through and stopping by to get food for a few days… I am not sure.  I do believe one of the pair we have had the last few summers was killed on the lake last summer.  My neighbor saw the aftermath and thought it might have been a muskie.  The pair has been tagged and researched the last few years so I will be interested to hear from our loon researcher this spring if this is a lone loon from the pair or not.

Doing what loons do best, fish.  If you are a fisherman the last thing you want is to be anywhere near the loons

As you look at the pics I caught of the loons yesterday chasing one another across the lake, keep in mind these birds winter in The Gulf of Mexico and will be heading to the Gulf in Novemeber.  What will they find when they get there and will they return next spring?  I sure hope so!











This last pic again shows the tag on the loons foot.

These are such beautiful birds and I can’t help but wonder what they will find when the get to the Gulf in November.  The Blue Herons and tons of other migratory birds also call the gulf their winter home.  The effects of the spill will be felt everywhere even in Northern Wisconsin if the loons do not return.  I can only hope they get things cleaned up and get the leak stopped before we loose more than we know

I dedicate this blog entry to the sea turtle I saw on TV last night, it was as beautiful as these loons but unlucky to get caught in the oil and died.

loons 2

Back in August during the infamous Black’s Cliff vs. Hilltop tournament, I ran into Vince Ophus from Hilltop who told me he had caught our gang of loons on the lake in some pics.  Vince promised to send them to me by email to share and he just got them into my inbox this week.  So enjoy these pics from Vince for a month ago of the juvenille deliquent loons in their rebel posse invading the lake

loons 3

loon photo

Vince also included the great pic of the eagle he got and the sunset on Lower Kaubashine

eagle on tree


Thanks Vince see you next August, bring your best game and whatever outfits you guys come up with in 2010