Beautiful Weather this October

Last weekend the temperatures were in the 70’s and the winds were completely calm. It was a good day to go “up the lake”. We took a boat ride up to Namakan Lake in the Voyageurs National Park. There were a few fishermen on the lake, but we didn’t see any campers. It would have been a great weekend for camping, but who knew we were going to have temperatures 10 – 20 degrees above normal.

We took a little break on “My Island” to cook up some hot dogs. While we were preparing lunch, something was swimming across the bay to our island. I got out the camera thinking it was possibly a bear as they frequently swim from one island to another.

Gray Wolf

Gray Wolf

I checked with my binoculars and realized it was a Wolf!
Timberwolf

Timberwolf

We watched as he stealthily snuck out of the water trying to hide behind some low rocks.
Deer swimming in Namakan Lake

Deer swimming in Namakan Lake

After lunch, we took a little walk on the island. “My Island” is fairly big and a path has been made around the island by campers and other visitors. We thought maybe we’d see the Wolf again. When we got to the other side of the island, we saw why the Wolf was swimming out to the island, there was a big 8 point Buck swimming off the island.
Deer are prolific swimmers and the cold water temperatures doesn’t bother them a bit. The water temperature last weekend was in the upper 50’s, which sounds pretty cold to us humans, but Deer will swim right up until the lake freezes.
Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwing

Back at the campsite, a small flock of Bohemian Waxwings flew in. These beautiful birds that are cousins to Cedar Waxwings only come down to Minnesota in the winter time. They are slightly bigger than the Cedar Waxwing and are much more gray in color. The best field mark is the chestnut colored undertail coverts, which you can just barely see on this bird. It was interesting to me that they were foraging in the Juniper Bushes that grow on practically all the islands and shoreline in Voyageurs National Park. They were going after the berries on those bushes.
Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

¬†Another stealthful hunter…

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