Natural Encounters

A Swan Convention at Clark Lake

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 »

Birds Dipped in Yellow and Red Paint

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 »

An Owlet Meets Its Challenge

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 »

Six Swan Cygnets New to Clark Lake

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 »

They’re Back!

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 »

Getting Skunked

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 »

Coyotes at Clark Lake

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 »

Duck Weather

Today’s rainy weather did not discourage waterfowl at Clark Lake.  In fact they seemed to enjoy it. Bill Leutz reports that beside the half-dozen Buffleheads that have been feeding offshore for a week or so, today brought a solitary Loon and a pair of Common Mergansers stopping off on the way to their presumed destination… Read more »


As our clocks “spring forward”, the little Bufflehead Ducks fly north.  But not before stopping off at Clark Lake on their way.  Bill Leutz reports swans, mallards, and Canadian geese are also evident.

The Eagle

As anyone who has attempted to photograph an eagle knows, it’s not easy.  Eagles are somewhat rare and don’t appear in front of you on any sort of schedule.  If and when you do spot an eagle, they usually refuse to pose.  That means you have to be ready with camera in hand when one… Read more »