Two Inlets Lake is home to four nesting pair of Common Loons, the Minnesota state bird. All the eggs hatched within about ten days of each other. Three of the pair have two chicks and the pair that hangs out on our side of the lake has one. That's a total of seven, which is a lot.
Loons are very territorial and stay within their domain. That means unless you get in a boat, canoe or kayak and venture into their area, you won't see the other three families. Bob and I took a boat ride last week and visited all the families, which is when the photos in this blog post were taken. Loons are fun to photograph. In fact, right now as I look out my office window, I see two resort guests on the end of a dock with some very large camera lenses doing just that!
Not only are the loons fun to watch and photograph this time of the summer, but they are also fun to listen to. The adults are extra vocal as they protect their young, calling most any time of day and night. The bald eagles make them pretty nervous, so when an eagle flies overhead they go crazy with their "yelling." In 20 years I've never seen an eagle even make an attempt at grabbing a chick much less actually get one. I think they just think it's funny to get the loons all worked up!
If you enjoy loons and birds in general, the first two weeks in June are the best weeks to stay at the resort. It's never too early to make a reservation for 2017. Take advantage of this wildlife opportunity by staying in one of our lakeside cabins for a week or more.
Until next time ~~ Jennifer
Loons are beautiful birds with a haunting call. Staying at a cabin on a smaller lake like Two Inlets Lake offers great opportunities for photography.