Tale of Two Eagles

Tale of Two Eagles

by Diane Deming Diane, and her husband John, live at the east end of the lake, south side. After a busy weekend on the lake it was very quiet and peaceful this morning. That is until we heard some loud screeching in a tree near the lake in our front yard. Both John...
Clark Lake’s Eagle Will Have to Move Over

Clark Lake’s Eagle Will Have to Move Over

Clark Lake’s eagle must share its title of “bird of prey” with another.  Friday morning (9/4) this osprey was enjoying brunch on a dock along Eagle Point, facing west.  The osprey is all about its diet of fish.  They tend to nest near bodies of water...
Dog vs Ducks at Clark Lake

Dog vs Ducks at Clark Lake

When dogs, particularly breeds like retrievers, see a duck, a switch goes off in their head that says “go chase.”  How do Clark Lake ducks defend themselves?  They move away from the action.  If on land, they fly to the lake.  If on the water, and the dog...
The Wise One

The Wise One

by Diane Deming Are owls really wise?  It seems so. This owl just sat in the tree for a long time on a hot day last week, apparently deep in thought. I did appreciate his stillness in that it allowed me to get my tripod setup.  That helped tremendously.  The detail...
Clark Lake’s Wood Ducks

Clark Lake’s Wood Ducks

By Diane Deming Wood ducks are normally done nesting by now. We have had hatchings as late as the 8th of July from the trees in our front yard, but it is a little unusual. Some times if nesting is unsuccessful or if suitable nesting sites are not found early enough,...
Eagle Returns

Eagle Returns

An eagle put on a show for those watching in the Eagle Point cove this afternoon.  The eagle appeared to be surveying the lake from a tree in front of the home of John and Elaine Stewart.  According to another viewer, B.J. Lyons, it kept its perch at that location for...
Barred Owls Update

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...
Clark Lake’s Newest Residents

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...
Clark Lake’s Birdfest

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...
Barred Owls Return to Clark Lake Nest

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...
They’re Back!

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...
The Eagle and the Crow

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...