Lake Wildlife Sightings
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|Bat||Can be seen any evening skimming across the lake catching bugs.|
|Beaver||Several lodges around the lake. Usually seen late evening or early morning.|
|Chipmunk||Friendly little guys that love peanuts. Can train you to hand feed them. Sometimes too friendly. Can get under foot.|
|Birds||Blue Jays, Chickodees, Crows, Great Blue Herons, Flickers, Nuthatches, Owls, Ravens, Eagles, Wild Turkeys, Woodpeckers.|
|Coyote||Three coyotes seen on Nestle Trail at appoximately 4 p.m. September 23, 2003|
|Deer||Often seen on any road in the evening and nights. Your headlights blind
and confuse them so, in their panic, they are likely to jump into your
path rather than into the bush.
A young deer in the woods just off Nestle Trail
Common Yellow Eye pass through in November.
|Fisher||Twice seen on Alsop Road. Looked just like a black cat except it had a bulbous end to its tail.|
|Fox||Lots seen - mostly rabid.|
|Frogs ? Toads||Many different varieties including Leopard Frogs and the Tree Frogs. The most impressive are the Bull Frogs. They are big, but they sound bigger - listen to one by clicking here|
A big one
|Groundhog or Woodchuck||
|Loons||In June 2002 we saw two loons chicks on the lake. We watched them grow,
learn to dive, and fly. Click the picture below to read the whole story.
2007 - nesting on the island in June
|Gozzling Loon westbound down the center of Alsop Road. Its legs are
so far back it can't really walk so it hoppled (hopped, hobbled and flopped)
along the road stopping to issue a weak pathetic cry for its Mom.
Click the picture to see a close up of its front foot.
Albino moose have also been spotted in the area.
|Owls||Hoot Owls can be heard almost every night.|
||Slow moving, frequent, road kill, occassionally seen live sometimes under cottages, this one made it across the road.|
Click here to see a picture of 5 baby racoons
|Reptiles||Garter snakes often sun themselves on rocks. Small (15cm long) black
snakes with an orange ring around the neck can sometimes be seen under
rocks as well as various lizard like creatures. One of the more interesting
ones is pictured below.
|The turtle below crawled out of the swamp, probably to lay
eggs in the roadside gravel. They get really big. This is a medium sized
one. You can see my shoe print in the sand behind it.
The big one below has a neck much larger than the 10cm (4")
|Swans||Believe it or not, there is a pair of white swans, Percy and Mary, in the town of Gooderham.|
|Squirrels||Red Squirrels are common and can be annoying with their grating early
Flying Squirrels are rarely seen.
|Turkeys||Wild turkeys have made a come back. They can be seen and heard often.|
||A howling pack can often be heard on a moonlit night.|
||Late 2006 I had a brief glimpse of one as it crossed Alsop Road and again in early 2007 crossing Glamorgan Road just south of Stormy Lake Road. Its body was dark with a tan stripe down the side. Heavy-set body and short legs.|
|Woodpeckers||Several sizes and varieties of woodpeckers can be seen daily. In the early spring and late fall you may be lucky enough to see large and impressive Paleated Woodpecker.|