Lake Hiawatha

Bellingham/Blackstone  Massachusetts

Lake Inhabitants

Lake Inhabitants

These are just a few of the beautiful and interesting wildlife that inhabit our lake.

Mallard Duck

The Mallard is the ancestor of nearly all domestic duck breeds (everything except the Muscovy Duck). Many of the domestic breeds look like the wild birds, but usually are larger. They are variable in plumage, often lacking the white neck ring or having white on the chest. Feral domestic ducks breed with wild Mallards and produce a variety of forms that often show up with wild ducks, especially in city parks.


This species has been introduced as an ornamental throughout much of the US and other parts of the world. These large European natives have established healthy growing populations along the Eastern Seaboard of the Mid-Atlantic states in the US. Their protected status has been challenged as of late by some state wildlife management agencies. The species is a grazer, and consumer of aquatic vegetation.


The Common Loon swims underwater to catch fish, propelling itself with its feet. It swallows most of its prey underwater. The loon has sharp, rearward-pointing projections on the roof of its mouth and tongue that help it keep a firm hold on slippery fish.

·          Migrating Common Loons occasionally land on wet highways or parking lots, mistaking them for rivers and lakes. They become stranded without a considerable amount of open water for a long takeoff. A loon may also get stranded on a pond that is too small. 

·          Loons are water birds, only going ashore to mate and incubate eggs. Their legs are placed far back on their bodies, allowing efficient swimming but only awkward movement on land. The Common Loon is flightless for a few weeks after molting all of its wing feathers at the same time in midwinter.


Double Crested Comorant

Blue Herring

Largest of the North American herons with long legs, a sinuous neck, and thick, daggerlike bill. Head, chest, and wing plumes give a shaggy appearance. In flight, the Great Blue Heron curls its neck into a tight “S” shape; its wings are broad and rounded and its legs trail well beyond the tail. 

Bald Eagle

Adult Bald Eagles have white heads and tails with dark brown bodies and wings. Their legs and bills are bright yellow. Immature birds have mostly dark heads and tails; their brown wings and bodies are mottled with white in varying amounts. Young birds attain adult plumage in about five years. Eagles are large and powerfully built, and are often referred to as the king of all birds. Eagles have heavy heads and beaks, which are hooked for ripping flesh from prey. Their legs are muscular and their talons are strong, making them a deadly predator.