Ice out on Baylis bay

The ice on Baylis bay on Crane Lake went out on Saturday. As of Sunday, the main part of Crane Lake was still ice covered.

This partial opening of the lake brings a great opportunity to view the wildlife that is trying to head north to open water. Since the lakes to the north are still frozen, birds tend to get bunched up in any available open water.

common loons

Common Loons are particularly noticeable. There were two big rafts of loons of at least 40 birds a piece floating out on the lake. Some of the loons were sleeping while others were keeping guard.

horned grebes

A small group of horned grebes were present.

red-necked grebe

A lone red-necked grebe was present as well.


Lots of buffleheads are on Crane Lake too.


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