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Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Ladys day out on the lake

Hi, my name is Joyce, I am 70 and I love to FISH! My son in-law has been taking me on their family fishing trips up to Erringtons since 1998; this was my fifth visit. Their family has been visiting Erringtons since 1996. This year was my most successful year catching a 33 inch long Northern Pike. This was the largest fish I have ever caught. It was a ladys day out on the lake, Mother and daughter. My daughter drives the boat and I fish. It was a rainy cooler day and we were trolling a small cove across from the rail road tracks. I was using a blue and white spoon. It hit hard and I knew it was a nice size fish. I kept asking my daughter to bring it up with the net, but it went deep and under the boat. When we finally got it into the boat, we both were dancing and giving each other high fives. Then the camera came out to capture this picture. Our family catch and release, so someone else can have the time of there life pulling in a BIG one in like I did! My grandson Shawn spotted a furry animal in the water north of Timberwolf Island. He thought at first it was something that was floating in the water, like a jacket. He took a picture and showed it to Al back at the lodge. Al said it was a mink, so we wanted to share. Our week at Erringtons was a great way to relax and totally unplug from work. Erringtons is a true retreat from the everyday reality and so much fun and laughs for the whole family. This is one of our favorite family vacation destinations and the staff is so friendly, they are now like family.
The Wilcox Family

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Monday, 27 July 2009

Photographer's Dream

Being up here for the past 7 years, I've had plenty of opportunities to take pictures of a variety of wildlife. Not only are they amazing pictures, but when I show them to other people, they realize how beautiful it is where I work. Guests come up here to vacation...I come up here to work, but yet it's my private vacation for the summer.

Where can you work where you wake up in the morning hearing loons calling, see your boss go out and feed bears, or go for a walk and see and hear so many songbirds. It's here, Lake Wabatongushi.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Bull Moose

Here is a great Bull Moose Mr. & Mrs. Schunter photographed yesterday evening on our nature tour. This Bull Moose has been hanging the north end of Long-Time-No-See-Um Bay for about a month. There has also been a Cow and Calf in the same area.

This is a prime mature Bull Mosse with a terrific Rack of antlers almost 6 feet wide. The shovels on his antlers still have a little bit of growing to do yet, the shovels on his antlers are still missing some spikes. In the next few of weeks his antlers will finish growing and then he will start shedding the velevet or skin on them so his display will be ready for mating season this fall. He will be looking for the Cow Moose then. He will shed his antlers in late November or Early December.

Bull Moose grow a a new set of antlers each year just like the other smaller members of the Deer family and the antlers are basically just display to attract Cow Moose and intimidate other Bull Moose. We do Nature Tours by Pontoon Boat for Wildlife Viewing a few times each week. This morning we will be going out to look for Black Bears.

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Monday, 13 July 2009

Beyond Long Time No See'Um bay

This is a video of a moose up in the wetlands beyond Long Time No See'Um bay and when i got up on the reeds to see(I was on a kayak) it was scared into the bushes hope you find this video entertaining. I might also make a guide trip for guests up this bay so arrange for them now.
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Sunday, 12 July 2009

Loon Nesting

Loons nesting, at first glance, look like a rock sticking up through a little bit of mud in the water. Loons are adapted to swimming very well with their legs far back on their body for propulsion. This makes it very difficult for loons to walk on land so loons nest right on the waters edge, or as in this picture from Long-Time-No-See-Um Bay, the furthest north arm of Lake Wabatongushi, the loons just pile a little bid of mud and weeds on a shallow area and lay their eggs there. This loon has 2 eggs, we have been watching this nest for a few weeks. This is probably the male since it is a bit bigger than the other loon we saw nearby. Both parent loons raise the chicks. As soon as the loon chicks hatch they go into the water and never go on land again except to nest. If they need warmth and protection they climb up on one of their parent's backs and hide under a wing, nice and cosy and safe.
Loons are a very large powerful bird, almost as big as a Bald Eagle and much heavier because unlike most birds, loons have solid bones which makes it easy to dive 100's of feet, but flying and walking are a task. Because loons' nest are so close to the water they are very suseptible to damage from boat wakes so going into sheltered bays, channels and wetlands you should always go slowly to avoid damaging the habitat and nesting areas of loons and other wetland birds and animals.
Loons are one one of the oldest bird species Loon fossils have been found dating back to the end of age of dinosaurs over 65 Million Years ago.
When the loon ckicks hatch we will try to get a picture of them as well for here.

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Friday, 10 July 2009

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker is a type of woodpecker that breeds in Lake Wabatongushi, I found a Northern Flicker nest, and will continue to blog about them and you can watch them grow up. Unless the nest is unsuccessful.

The Northern Flicker doesn't prefer a tree over another when preparing a nesting site, although it does prefer a tree with a soft or partially decaying heart. (Inner part of the tree)

This Northern Flicker made its nest in a Eastern White Cedar tree, approximately 10 feet up. It had excavated it with its mate, and you can see just below the entrance hole, their is another hole they had started but decided against it. The period of incubation is between 14-16 days. The male incubates them during the night, while the female incubates them during the day.

When the eggs hatch, they remain in the nest for 25-28 days. You can see flickers hopping along the ground looking for and probing the ground for insects, an unusual characteristic in Woodpeckers

Northern Pike for Kevin Norman

Here's my 30" northern pike, caught here at Wabatongushi Lake. This is the largest northern I have caught to date, so needless to say I was just a little excited. The folks on Heritage Island said they could hear my victory call all the way across the lake. The funniest thing about this was that I wasn't fishing for pike. My father and I were moving to another location near Castle Rocks and I decided to throw a line out just for kicks. As soon as my Rattlin' Rap hit the water, the fish hit it. I was startled and forgot to even set the hook. I just started cranking. We barely got it in the boat. If it weren't for my father, who was on the assist, I probably would have lost the fish, so thanks Dad! We released the fish after taking the measurements and snapping a few pictures with it, so hopefully someone else can share in the same excitement that made this trip one of my greatest memories.

Great Fishing! ~ Kevin Norman

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Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Bush Plane Museum in Sault Ste Marie

The Bush Plane Museum is one of the most interesting and fun museums I have visited. It is a great place for both adults and children to spend a half day or so on your way up to our resort.
This is an interesting article "Your Kids Will Like This" about a new addition, the Children's Flight Centre.
This highly interactive area of the museum includes such items as: a fully functional flight simulator made from an actual aircraft cockpit, an Aerodrome Arcade featuring networked adventure games so visitors can play cooperatively or compete, many hands-on interactive exhibits that demonstrate the principals of flight and aerodynamics, an area for lessons and crafts, and much, much more!"
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Thursday, 2 July 2009

Wilderness Wedding

Bill Decker and Jean Knapp got married here today at our resort. It was a small but very beautiful wedding in our lodge. Chris Wray, the CEO of the municipality of Wawa who can also perform marriages, flew in by float plane to officiate the wedding.
Bill picked wildflowers from around the island for his bride's bouquet, which was a simple butvery beautiful and striking arrangement of Blue Flag Irises accentuated by Buttercups. Bill and Jean are a wonderful couple and we are very proud and happy they decided to get married here at our resort in the wilderness.

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Another Beautiful Walleye by Erik Born

Erik Born did it again. He and his father Rick were supposed to fly out at 11:00 am but their float plane was delayed because of early morning fog, so they decided to fish for a few more hours. They did pretty well including releasing a 23 inch Walleye, Then, about 30 feet off the dock of their cabin, Erik tied into another big Walleye. This one faught very hard right off the bat and it took about 15 minutes to get in. It was another 28 inch Walleye, another really beautiful fish. Erik and Rick took this picture and quickly released it, then went and finished packing to come back to the lodge to catch the float plane home. Erik says it is just luck, being at the right place at the right time. Erik's father Rick and I are not so sure, It takes a great feel and presentation to keep catching such great fish.

Fishing from Errington's Wilderness Island Resort

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Garrett's Walleye

I was fishing with my Dad, who is a great netter, over behind Dog Island across from Errington's Lodge.
I was jigging with a plain jig waiting for for a bite when suddenly my pole leaned forward over the boat. With a jolt of excitement I set the hook and felt the line start pouring out of my reel. It was great I brought him up to the boat and let my dad wrap him up in the net. I'll never forget the adrenaline rush the came through me when I caught the 20" walleye! We released it after taking this picture.
In the same spot about four minutes before the walleye hit I brought in a 26" northern.
~ Garrett Benz

It's interesting, Garrett is also about the same age as his Walleye, 13 years old. ~ Al Errington