Natural Encounters

Clark Lake’s Daring Ducks

by Laurie LaZebnik

It’s my father’s fault that I’ve been feeding upwards of 60 Mallards daily during this frigid weather at Clark Lake.  My dad once told me wild ducks need calories from corn to keep warm.  Most Mallards migrate south to more temperate climates like many of you snowbirds from Clark Lake.  And like you,… Read more »

Critter Alert

A couple of Clark Lake’s wildlife entourage were spotted on the lake today.  Two observers said they were definitely coyotes, a third thought they were foxes.

The two were seen along the north shore, over toward Mud Point and through the Pierces Bay area.  Jeff Jarrell, who took the photo, says this a good… Read more »

Eagle at East End Bay

Steve Tackett’s phone was charged and ready for action as this eagle visited the east end bay off Virginia Court this morning. According to Steve, the eagle shows up every so often, and this morning it was looking for breakfast.

Defining October 1st

by John Deming

Today is the Day. It happens each year around the 1st of October. The seasons are changing from summer to winter with times in between called spring and fall. In the fall along with the reduced light and colder temperatures, we have the various trees displaying their vibrant colors. The leaves are… Read more »

Housecleaning for the Birds

by John Deming

Each fall the birdhouses around our house must be cleaned, so next spring the new tenants will have a nice clean place for their summer at Clark Lake. Some are easier to clean than others. The McKay downhill ski model  is easy–unscrew the top, turn over and dump out the sticks.  Not… Read more »

A Theme Is Developing

In human history, there is the reoccurring theme of biting off more than you can chew.  It also happens with Clark Lake’s natural encounters.  Today, Steve Lambert and his wife, Lauri, were aboard their kayak at the west end of the lake when they witnessed this.  According to Steve, “Pike eats bass, bass gets stuck… Read more »

An Encounter to Avoid

On Sunday, a couple, new to Clark Lake, was walking the Spirit Trail.  What the two spotted on Lakeview West just around the bend from Eagle Point was a surprise.  According to them, this snake had emerged from the swamp and was headed across the road.


To some who have viewed the photo,… Read more »

New Residents

by Bill Leutz

A new family of five has taken up residence in the ladder on the side of Ann Swain’s garage. Mother is keeping track of the home while father is grocery shopping.

The three children are still sleeping in their warm nest.

Clark Lake Critters

Clark Lake wildlife is showing itself.  On a lazy, sunny Thursday afternoon, these turtles spotted a boat lift without a boat.  What to do?  Starting sunning!

The turtles were sunning themselves at the east end of the lake.  Not far from the turtles, this swan family explored the south side shoreline on Friday afternoon.


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Great Blue Heron at Clark Lake

Great Blue Herons regularly visit Clark Lake.  But to watch them, you must be very still.  Like most birds, their vision is acute and can detect movement over a substantial distance. 

Yesterday, this heron patrolled the shores of Eagle Point, west end.  When it detected that it was being photographed, it took off.  But then… Read more »