The Call of the Loon
Loons taking care of their of two young babies.
The Loon mates for life and is the state bird. In the spring it’s not uncommon to see the parents swimming with their young on their back! Loons swim and fish in our bay right off the dock of our lakeside lodge every day here on Lake Kabetogama. You will be relaxing in your cabin or around the fire ring near the water’s edge and often at dusk you will hear the hauntingly beautiful call of the loon. It is an unforgettable experience of being “up north” that you won’t want to miss!
Spring, summer and fall offer the greatest opportunities to see birds
Because of the summer migrants, some unusual and interesting birds you might see or hear during those seasons are: Spruce Grouse, Sandhill Crane, Northern Goshawk, Black-backed Woodpecker, Olive-sided or Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Winter Wren, Tennessee, Palm, Bay-breasted, Connecticut or Canada Warblers, Northern Water Thrush, and Indigo Bunting.
Fall migration of birds doubles our sight seeing
In the fall, the migrating birds bring a different sound to our forested lake area of Voyageurs National Park. The honking of the Canadian geese while flying overhead the colorful autumn colored trees and the call of the Trumpeter Swans is much anticipated.
Northern Lights Resort guests had the pleasure to view a pair of migrating trumpeter swans visiting our bay in the fall and they were so graceful to watch. The same week a family of Trumpeter Swans was spotted on Lake Kabetogama in Lost Bay by Steve & Tracy. Watching very protective bird parents, we paused to see papa swan split from mama and the babies to lure us away. All the while honking like the traffic in NYC! We sat calmly in our boat and watched as he flew overhead and looped back around to join his family again with peaceful tranquility restored.
It’s these ring-side-seats near wildlife that are amazing lifetime memories made while vacationing with your family and friends. While Voyageurs National Park and Lake Kabetogama are the edge of Minnesota wilderness, you vacation with all the comforts of home in your cozy lakeside cabin.
Winter brings the Wise Owls to Voyageurs National Park
Winter can be a great time to come also, particularly if there is an influx of Great Gray, Boreal, Snowy or Hawk Owls. Other good winter species include Red or White-winged Crossbills, Pine or Evening Grosbeaks, and Bohemian Waxwing. Voyageurs National Park is actually considered a “southern” destination for some artic bird varieties.