Saturday, November 7, 2015

lake scenes this week: Kittamaqundi visitors and Wilde colors


A horned grebe briefly visited Lake Kittamaqundi last weekend. I took these photos late Sunday afternoon at the southern end. This is the bird in non-breeding plumage. It wasn't there the next day, and I didn't spot it at Wilde Lake later in the week; however, we might see it again next spring on its return migration. A horned grebe, perhaps this individual, showed up here last spring and stayed until it was in spectacular full breeding plumage. (Three pied-billed grebes continue their stay on Lake Kittamaqundi.)




Fall colors look fine on a warm, sunny day in November...


...but a visiting junco signals that winter is on the way...


...and yet another late summer butterfly, a variegated fritillary, was seeking nectar on the grassy slope above the Lakefront dock.


Catching the last of the fall colors at Wilde Lake...






Back at Lake Kittamaqundi on Thursday, I found a domestic goose (or a domestic x Canada hybrid) migrating with the Canada geese.



One more Kittamaqundi view from earlier in the week: The Lakefront and the lake as reflection pool...