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Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Loons, muskrats, eagles, oh my!

Greetings from Lake Wabatongushi! I hope that you are well on this fine, June day. July is just around the corner. Let's keep our fingers crossed that July is just as wonderful as June has been.

Last week I brought news about the loons which have been nesting around the lake. Well, I am happy to be the one to report to you that loon chicks have been spotted here at Lake Wabatong. Mr. Barry Patterson, a guest who has come up for a vacation with his father Neil, was very fortunate to be able to capture this photo of a mother loon with her chicks riding on her back. Barry photographed the happy family floating by at about 50 feet from his dock.



I have some interesting facts about the Common Loon that I would like to share with you today:

Did you know?

* Loons cannot walk on land

* There are 5 different species of loon: Common Loon, Red-throated Loon, the Arctic Loon, the Pacific Loon, and the Yellow-billed Loon.

* A loons main predators include Pike, gulls, ravens, crows, raccoons, weasels, and skunks.

* Loons can grow up to 3 feet (91 cm) in length and can weigh up to 12 pounds (5 kg)

* Loons winter along North America's Atlantic and Pacific coasts as well as in Europe and Iceland.



Mr. Patterson captured this great shot of a Muskrat having his fill of fresh water clams. For anyone who may not be familiar with Muskrats, they are a large rodent that are commonly found in the wetlands and waterways of North America. The animal gets its name from the scent glands that are found at the rear of the animal. These glands produce a musky odor.



Here is another awesome photo from Barry. Check out the two mature Bald Eagles. Great photos, Barry!



Before I leave you today I would like to wish everyone a happy Canada Day. Let your red, and white shine, friends. That's it for me. Thank you for taking the time to read our blog. I hope you enjoy reading it just as much as I enjoy writing it for you.

Happy fishing!

"Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life." ~Rachel Carson




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