It’s for the Birds: Lake Minerva, Wisconsin

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:

They stay just far enough away to get a really clear shot.

They stay just far enough away to get a really clear shot.

I'm pretty sure Charlie could fit in that nest.

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?)

Unlike that crazy girl you know, loons are actually charming.

Loons are beautiful.

Here's a loon baby, which also rides around on mom's back.

Squee alert: Here's a loon baby, which also rides around on mom's back.

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:

That poor deck. Ick.

That poor deck. Ick. At least the goslings make good food for eagles and otters.

And, like in Corpus Christi, there are great blue herons:

Surrounded by green.

He (or she) has her (or his) neck down, ready to catch a fish.

While I’d like to take credit for all these lovely photographs, proper credit is due to Ma and Pa Victory.

2 thoughts on “It’s for the Birds: Lake Minerva, Wisconsin

  1. BV says:

    Thank you DKN. We were so lucky–so many animals were on view for us. It was sort of astonishing! We saw many more types of birds, squirrels, lake otters, turtles, chipmunks, a weasel, a huge flock of turkey and several deer with two fawns (awwww). Anyway, it felt like we were staying on a wildlife preserve. And I guess, in some ways, we were.

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