Birds and wildlife
Wildlife and birds are abundant and varied in the area, with frequent sightings of deer, raccoons, porcupines, otters, muskrats, flying squirrels and the occasional fox. We sometimes hear coyotes in the evenings calling across the lake, but rarely see them.
The many species of bird include a pair of nesting loons which produced two offspring two years ago (but not last year). Below is a list of bird species we often see from the house (in spring and summer we have a huge selection of migrants):
Pileated, Red Headed, Red Bellied, Downy, Hairy, Black Backed, Northern Flicker
Raptors and Birds of Prey:
Bald Eagle, Turkey Buzzard, Hawks: Red Tailed, Coopers, Sharp Shinned, Northern Harrier, Osprey (nesting pair off of US 31), Snowy Owl (near Chum's Corners)
Common Loon, Tundra and Mute Swans, Mallard, Wood Duck, Blue Heron, Green Heron, Common Merganser, Hooded Merganser, Cormorant
Other Songbirds, Passerines, etc.:
Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Robin, Hummingbird, Red Winged Blackbird, Crow, Raven, Mourning Dove, Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, American Goldfinch, White and Red Breasted Nuthatches, Purple Finch, Baltimore Oriole, Cedar Waxwing, Belted Kingfisher, Tree Swallow, Ovenbird, Blue Bird, Turkey, Ruffled Grouse, Rose Breasted Grosbeak
Pictures in the Birds and Wildlife Gallery were all taken on at our property or on Duck Lake (except the Snowy Owl was photographed near Chum's Corners).
This is a Wild Turkey (hen). The picture was taken by a guest with his cell phone camera in late summer 2013 at the bird bath on the deck. Turkeys live in flocks of hens and young with a single dominant male. They are common in the area and frequently seen on the edges of wooded areas by roads or grasslands. Unlike domestic turkeys, the Wild Turkey flies rather well for distances up to a half mile or so. They are typically not very shy of people, but will melt away into the woods when approached.