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Nature can sometimes be pretty violent, as this video of an eagle attacking a loon's nest on a lake here in Minnesota shows!

I've become quite the avid bird-watcher over the past few years, as the woods behind our house here in northwest Rochester are home to a LOT of fine, feathered friends. And earlier this spring, I spotted a massive hawk's nest in a tree along a busy highway in Rochester close to our neighborhood as well.

And when raptors, like hawks, are in your neighborhood, to quote a bird-watching site, there will be blood. I've seen the hawks near us grab smaller songbirds as well as critters like chipmunks and rabbits as they forage for food.

Of course, my bird watching is not anywhere near as advanced as the bird-watchers of the Vermillion Lake Association. The crew on that big lake (which is about 4 and a half hours north of Rochester, north of Highway-61 along the North Shore) have installed a LoonCam that provides live feeds of what's happening with a pair of loons that have nested on the lake, which the group then posts on their Facebook page.

So when an eagle happened to drop by the loon nest-- well, attack it and rampage through it might be a better way to put it-- the cameras were rolling. Luckily, the Association noted that the loons (which ARE the Minnesota state bird, btw) weren't injured, and the nest wasn't damaged too much.

It's still a reminder of how violent nature in Minnesota can be. Kind of like when one of the young eagles in the DNR's EagleCam pushed its sibling out of the nest earlier this spring. Yikes. Check out the video below, and keep scrolling to see some incredibly intuitive Minnesota animals that can actually predict the weather.

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