Call of the Loon

UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER, Minnesota

One comes across loons from the very beginning of the Upper Mississippi River and it is forever a delight because when you whistle they will call right back.  You’ll find them in small groups, in pairs, or out on their own, like unto this fine example.  In Minnesota’s Wild North the loon is readily identifiable by a black head with black and white plumage.  They will dive for long spells and rarely let you get too close.  For some reason this particular loon did not immediately dive – instead wetting its whistle to call and then call again. 

This particular otter came scampering down the embankment quite near to my stalled canoe – its mouth so full of grass it did not even notice me.  It swam and swam and as I rounded up my camera it unloaded the grass into a new building project before swimming off in the opposite direction – as seen in this short clip.  This is the first and only otter I have to date witnessed on the Upper Mississippi.

I came upon this doe teaching her two young fawns the art of eating fresh river grass.  At this stage in their development these fawns still retain their trademark spots which differentiate them from first year yearlings.  The fawns try the grass but appear more interested in suckling with their mother.  It’s quite a long clip but interesting to see the young family out for a meal and a drink on the Upper Mississippi.

Canadian geese resemble the Egyptian geese in their colors, size, and habits.  Here you’ll see a little intro along with a delightful collection of approximately three families.  Canadian geese are common in these parts but to date on my expedition, not in these vast numbers. 

Truly, quite a delight.

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