It has happened again. They are coming back! Yes, the eagles seem to be back, loons are calling, ducks are flapping and sea gulls are flying overhead. Along the shore, sandpipers are picking up bugs and the redwings are returning to the swamps. Technology is wonderful these days and you can take pictures of birds from a long distance without disturbing them. You can take a lot of them and not “waste film” so only 10% of them may not be blurry but it doesn’t cost much to take those other 90%. Below are pictures of Common Mergansers (male has a white body and dark head while the female has a rufus head and gray body). These guys showed up when there were just small melted places in the ice. The males will leave after the breeding season is over and head back to the ocean leaving the females to worry about the kids. (Talk about being unhelpful dads…..) The eagle seemed unconcerned with my presence in my boat (probably saying that I’ve seen them before and it is nice to have them back on the lake, after all humans preserved Stamp Act Island for us to nest on). And the loons also seem happy to be back and “know” that we appreciate seeing them back. Sometimes, you sit still in your stationary boat and they seem to come closer to check you out. As it is approaching breeding season, their plumage is as clear and crisp as it possibly can be. Photos below….