Archive for April, 2009

Ice-Out Conditions (4-24-09)

Friday, April 24th, 2009

What a difference a day makes.  Yesterday’s winds and heat moved the ice all over the bay yesterday and as a result, the only ice left in our bay is a small portion in the south end.  A stark contrast from 24 hours ago. These photos were taken on Friday, April 24th at 11:30 am CST.

The ice should all be gone by this weekend with the rain that is forecasted.

The photo on the far right shows the remainder of the ice in the south end of our bay.  You need to click on it, and then click on it again to get the zoomed in photo.

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Ice-out Conditions (4/23/09)

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Here are photos and a short video clip of ice-out conditions in front of Thunder Lake Lodge on Thunder Lake as of 11:30 am CST on Thursday, April 23rd, 2009:

Weather in the 70’s today along with the wind we have should do some significant damage to the ice today and through this weekend.

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The Otter Files – Part I

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

On April 21st of last year, we had our first otter encounter at Thunder Lake Lodge which we took pictures of.  In timely fashion an otter has appeared again this spring, this time on April 19th.  After finishing a fish dinner in front of the lodge on the ice, I had the opportunity to sneak up on him and get some good photos and even a 5 minute video clip.

At approximately the 4:05 mark of the video clip, you will notice the otter gets startled and takes off……only it’s not because of me.  A few deer were running onto the property directly towards me.  Apparently, I wasn’t detected until they were only 10-15 feet away from me.  They then hit the brakes, doubled back and took off.  Simply unbelievable.  If you want to hear me giggle and narrate like a little school boy, then I suggest you watch the clip.  This stuff never gets old.

We actually have about 4 other different video clips that are a little shorter in length.  Some of them actually show the otter eating fish. On another one, he notices me and starts grunting.  I will try post those in other installments of “The Otter Files” along the way.

According to wikipedia, otters eat 2-3 pounds of fish per day.  After watching this otter for a while, I tend to think that number is higher.  It seemed as though he came up with another fish on 4 out of 5 tries.  Extremely efficient hunters in water.  Apparently fishing for otters is good this time of year in front of Thunder Lake Lodge where the docks usually are. The rarity of sightings like this are what make it so fun to watch for us.

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Spring Time Ice-Out Conditions (4/19/09)

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Recent temperatures have the ice blackening and moving away from the shoreline and open water is starting to show itself.  Some loons have returned home to the lake for the summer as have many other waterfowl species.  The last of the snow has melted and gone away and with temperatures forecasted in the 70’s later this coming week, the ice’s days are numbered.  Some wind and rain will also help accelerate the melting process.

Many people have inquired about ice conditions on the lake so we thought we would post some photos of current conditions in our bay in front of the lodge.  We will keep you updated with more photos on the ice-out in the coming weeks as we did with the freezing of the lake in the early winter.

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Bald Eagles

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Our apologies for the recent blogging hiatus.  It’s been over a month since our last blog post.  The combination of not much to report and us being busy during the spring weather has kept us away from the computer lately (more so the latter).

In March, we looked out our window to find 22 bald eagles congregating in the swimming area on the ice!  It looked like they were feeding on some fish remains that were left behind by a winter fisherman.

I don’t know about you, but we have personally never seen that many bald eagles at one time.  We thought it was amazing.  Although the most we counted at one time was 22, we only caught 12 on picture at once.  We thought we would post some photos.  We also included a zoomed in photo.  There are a mixture of adults and juveniles in the photos.  The juveniles obviously do not have their white heads yet.  Enjoy.

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