Natural Encounters

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 »

The Swans

There are at least two swans hanging out at Clark Lake.  The most recent evidence is captured in this photo taken today (Sunday, 2/21) by Bill Leutz.  The perspective is from the area along Eagle Point Road looking toward Mud Point.

Earlier this winter, Carl Noechel caught a couple swans napping on the ice on… Read more »

Swans Caught Napping

Two swans were caught napping near the boat launch at the head-of-the-lake around noon today (Thursday 1/7/16).  Carl Noechel did the “catching” with his camera as he stood near the launch looking east.

Not all swans come away unscathed from a nap on the ice.  Ann Swain tells the story of one that did not… Read more »

Eagle vs Duck Video

If you’ve been following this website, you know that over the last couple years more than one eagle has visited Clark Lake.  About a week ago, an eagle, just short of adulthood, tried to feast on ducks at both Eagle Point and the west end of the lake near the Township Park. Becky Consonni was… Read more »

Sitting Ducks

An eagle, just short of adulthood, has been going after some of Clark Lake’s sitting ducks.  Today the eagle was doing its best to grab a meal not far from the Pointe Bar and Grill.  According to an eyewitness the ducks did their best to thwart that objective by hiding under the marina docks.  In… Read more »

Found at Clark Lake

What is it?

You’re looking at something found on fence post today at Clark Lake.  Jill Bentley took the photo of what is known as an “owl pellet”.  In their nightly hunts, owls eat rodents and other small creatures.  As they eat they don’t discriminate between what they can digest and what they can’t.  According… Read more »

Clark Lake Eagles Dine In

Brian and Elise Fish report two eagles, an adult and an immature one, enjoyed their repast at the east end of the lake today (Wednesday 11/11).

Brian describes it this way.  He had just let the dogs outside at their home on Florida.  The dogs took off and a few seconds later he heard a… Read more »

The First One

by John Deming

About this time each year, we experience what may happen again tonight, a preview of the gales of early November.

Forty years ago, on the night of November 10, 1975 the Edmund Fitzgerald sank carrying 26,000 tons of iron ore in Lake Superior near Whitefish Bay. The captain and all 26 members… Read more »