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Common Loon. One of my favorite birds. Growing up, I had no idea they could be found in Washington. I thought they lived in places like Minnesota or New England or Canada. I was well past middle age when I saw, and heard, my first loons in the Okanogan Highlands. It’s one of the reasons we keep going back there, year after year. Where else can we listen to loons as we sit around the campfire or hear them at first light or watch them socialize with each and raise their youngsters on the clear cool water? Loons are remarkable birds. You can learn more about ‘the spirit of the north’ here.

It is worthwhile to click through all of these images and see some interesting loon behaviour. They clearly are very social, flying from one lake to another to ‘visit’ with the resident loons. They struggle to raise their young with the ever-present threat from hungry eagles also raising youngsters. The family we watched each day had two young the week before we arrived but only one when we were there. And that splashing! I don’t know what that’s all about. Loons often just tip over gently into the water, hardly leaving more than a ripple. Those four loons appeared to be fishing together and did this repeatedly while we watched for an hour or more. Others reported seeing the same activity.

Ken and I packed the dogs and the trailer and headed up to Lost Lake this week. It was a great escape from the heat and computers and cell phones and a chance to listen to the loons and play in the water and sit around the campfire. Ken fished. I paddled my boat. The dogs swam. We slept in. It was nice.


Nice brook trout


Common Loons nest on Lost Lake (watch for more loon photos in an upcoming post)


Lots of dragonflies


Still a few wildflowers blooming


an aster


Morning light


camp coffee


This old dock has seen better days


Many, many squirrels to drive Luna crazy


We always eat well while camping


Brook trout cooked en papillote


Typical scene in the Okanogan Highlands near Molsen


Ken found this leech in Sidley Lake. I’ve never seen one before. He thinks they are native.


The leech with a friendly dragonfly


Sam in Sidley Lake. This old dog does better in the water than on land.


Luna’s ‘wet’ look


We visited the old ghost town at Molsen. This is an old printing press.


Water lillies and cattails at Lost Lake


Lost Lake is one of my favorite places.

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