I’ve always been a nature girl, and that’s one of the primary reasons I love visiting Lake Minerva each summer. Like my hometown of Corpus Christi, it sits under a major migration flyway for birds, so it has a whole honking (pun intended) slew of strange and interesting birds.
First, of course, the bald eagle. This is the second year the big girl has nested here:
Of course, one of Wisconsin’s and Minnesota’s most beloved birds are the loon(s). Their call is a long, moaning, slightly maniacal sound. It sounds a little like wolves baying at the moon, but the call is actually coming from a harmless duck-like bird making a big crazy fuss for no apparent reason. (And not to anthropomorphize here, but don’t we all know someone like that?)
For the first time ever in my travels to Lake Minerva, I saw Canada Geese. I sort of dread the re-appearance of these guys. They are completely over-populated (even I, animal lover, can confess that) in the Northeast and they are so messy. As evidenced here:
And, like in Corpus Christi, there are great blue herons:
While I’d like to take credit for all these lovely photographs, proper credit is due to Ma and Pa Victory.