Mornings with loons
The small lake surrounded by the Wild Rose Estates west of Bragg Creek is a very nice place to watch wildlife. I often find Great Blue Herons, eagles, geese and osprey plying their various trades in or around the water. One of my favourite visitors to the pond are Common Loons (Gavia immer). Occasionally I will see up to four of them swimming and diving. However, it is usually one couple who comes back in the spring, who then disappear for a couple of months and then return in late summer for a while before migrating on. They do not nest on this lake so I assume they disappear while they are nesting and raising chicks. When they return, that is when I usually see three or four loons together. The fishing at Wild Rose must be worthwhile.