Natural Encounters

Barred Owls Update

Earlier this season, Diane Deming wrote of the barred owls at Clark Lake and included photos.  This is her update to the story.

On May 24th I discovered that the barred owl family had successfully raised two offspring. The photo shows the young owlets on top of the tree in which they were raised. Early… Read more »

Clark Lake’s Newest Residents

Unlike mallards that we see often at Clark Lake, wood ducks are less prevalent and go about bringing new generations into the world differently.  Wood ducks search for nesting locations in trees.  And some people at Clark Lake have put out the welcome mat by creating specially designed housing in trees or on posts high… Read more »

Clark Lake’s Birdfest

Clark Lake attracts some very interesting birds.  Diane Deming tells the story of visiting orioles and reveals the secret of attracting them.

These two videos show the differences in the male and female Baltimore oriole. The male is brilliantly marked with deep orange and black colors. The female is much lighter in color and slightly… Read more »

Barred Owls Return to Clark Lake Nest

by Diane Deming

The barred owl family is nesting in our woods again this year. We estimate that they have been raising their young here for at least 10 years. This photo shows one of the adult owls at the nesting site. Occasionally we can see the young owl through the large crack in the… Read more »

They’re Back!

And at least they don’t bite.  But the fish do bite and enjoy eating them, every minute of it.

Last night a Clark Lake resident was wondering “where are the mayflies?”  Usually they have arrived by now.  He walked out of his house and then, as if on cue, a thousand of them flew right… Read more »

The Eagle and the Crow

It was a dark and stormy night…okay, the photo makes it look like it could have been.  But it was evening and about to rain.  That’s when Mike Ligibel, out on a walk, noticed a “crow making quite a fuss. I looked up and in a tree just off the road sat this eagle. The… Read more »

Eagle Visits the East End

A Clark Lake eagle made a visit to the east end early this evening searching for dinner.  Elise Bentley Fish reports that her husband, Brian, spotted a muskrat in front of their house on Florida Avenue about 6 pm.  Then, Elise, says “the young eagle flew down trying to catch him twice. He landed in… Read more »

Disguised but Not Undetected

This owl was camped out along Eagle Point Road in the area of the hill near Jefferson Road and photographed by Bill Leutz.  “We think he is a Great Grey” reports Ann Swain, Bill’s sister.  In person, he was “huge, about 20 inches high”.

There are those around the lake who would tell Mr. Owl… Read more »

A Harbinger of Things to Come?

Today John Deming spotted a small convention of ducks via the DamCam at the east end of the lake.  They took their time swimming around.  Like the swans last week, they were probably looking for a bite to eat.

Perhaps there will be a spring this year!

Clark Lake’s Most Wanted Natural Encounters, Part 2

When a remarkable catch emerges from Clark Lake’s murky depths, cameras begin clicking.  In this case, Steven Lambert caught this beauty while fishing on a dock at the east end, summer 2014.

Do you have a photo that you’d like to become part of the permanent Clark Lake record–the Fish File?  Email it to clarklakespirit@gmail.com. … Read more »