by Candy Wawro
Of all avians we feed in our back yard, our favorites are the Baltimore Orioles.
When my husband gets up at 6 a.m. the orange-bottomed birds are waiting for their breakfast. He fills the feeder with halved oranges, some special nectar we make with a 6:1 ratio of water to sugar, and 4-ounces… Read more »
by Greg Christman
Gary Wolcott and I were walking around my yard when I noticed a commotion in the pond. I heard honking and water splashing. I saw six goslings swimming in a line behind a long-necked Canada goose. Following the small parade was the gander familiar to us at Clark Lake by its black… Read more »
As if taking a page out of the 1981 movie “On Golden Pond,” Ann Swain found this loon on an evening kayak adventure. Mixed in was the golden sunset. The loon, Ann says, has been on Clark Lake for about a week.
Just like conventioneers, they were visitors only for the day. They arrived Wednesday morning (5/25/16) and appeared to leave by nightfall.
A group of swans is called a bevy. When they take flight, they become a wedge.
This bevy appeared to consist of 12 mute swans. They spent their time bobbing their heads below the… Read more »
by Diane Deming
Flocks of cedar waxwings were seen in our yard for several days gobbling up the mayflies that had hatched and landed in the grass. They would fly to the ground, quickly gorge themselves and then fly up to the branches of trees to digest their meal. After about 15 minutes they would fly to the… Read more »
by John Deming
On Friday (5/13/16) I was clearing brush along our drive and noticed this owl hopping in the may apples. I assumed it was after a mouse or something and thought it would make a good picture if I could capture it with its catch. Off to the house to get the forbidden… Read more »
Two adult swans have brought six cygnets into the Clark Lake world. John Deming, who has been observing them, believes that they are about a week old. They probably hatched on the south side close to the east end of the lake. According to John, the swan family has been making the rounds, swimming, he estimates, about five miles… Read more »
Another sign of spring is in the air, or perhaps evident on your windows, siding or boat lift. Mayflies are making their appearance, though there have not been reports of a massive hatching. According to Wikipedia they live in fresh water “where their presence indicates a clean, unpolluted environment.” When they hatch, they emerge from the water… Read more »
When Laurie LaZebnik recently let her dogs out one last time at night, she expected that five minutes later all would be inside, comfortably tucked in. Instead her dogs got skunked. Says Laurie “I wrote my one sentence story while in a swoon of skunk scent.” And anyone who has experienced this event can vouch for the effect it can… Read more »
Are there coyotes at Clark Lake? Yes, according to at least two residents. Late Tuesday (1:30 am Wednesday 4/27), Cara King let her dog, Stella, out on a leash in her backyard. As she waited for Stella to finish, a coyote leisurely strolled through the yard. According to Cara, “it appeared to come from a… Read more »