Loon watch day

Hi all, We had a great morning today. Kathy Dick has the earliest photo, starting their day at 5:15. As you can
see, it’s looks promising for seeing birds and the promise held true.

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She and John headed up to Silver Lake and found the family of three near the north end.

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They said they were glad to find them quickly since deer flies were staying right with them.

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Fern Lake, Mud Pond, and Lake Pleiad were all zeros, just wait until next year though.
Allon and Marianne found the family of three at Goshen Dam, pictures to come at a later date.

Lake Dunmore got off to a good start with an osprey sighted near South Cove as we enjoyed coffee and bagels (and maybe a donut or two for some). Thank you Steve and Elaine for the nourishment.
Our first loon sighting was an adult as we rounded the corner at Sucker Brook. I’m not positive that this picture by Freda is that one but it is a great picture and the loon we saw looked EXACTLY like this one and was going the same direction, sooo….this is it.

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As we completed the turn towards Branbury Freda spotted a group of four adults swimming north towards Keewaydin.

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Here we have a couple of them with John, Cathy, Alice and Sandi in the background.

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Four became three as we headed back for home and passed them along the way.

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I thought the lead one was going to get into the boat as Freda and Rosie snapped away.

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They headed towards Steve, Elaine, Ron, and Sally but then left those folks looking at holes in the water as they dove and went around.

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The group above had seen an immature eagle near the island on the way up so we detoured that way on the way home to see what we could see. We saw it fly and Rosie saw it land again, RIGHT THERE. I couldn’t find RIGHT THERE so I took a picture of the tree and there it is. If you can’t find it, let me know and I’ll point you in the right direction.

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Last but not least, Kathy and John saw what she described as “nice” snakes. Using the word nice in the same sentence as the word snakes is something for discussion over a couple beers some night.

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Thank you to Steve & Elaine Coon with Sally Borden & Ron Demers on boat one. John Ebert & Cathy Molloy with Alice White and Sandi Everitt on boat two. Rosie and I had Freda Squires & David Phelps with us. Goshen Dam was paddled by Marianne & Allon Wildgust, while Kathy & John Dick hiked up to Silver Lake. Rusty Kent & Mark Evans did the honors on Fern Lake. Thanks to all of you for the work and making the morning a huge success. Mike

Nest Failure

Hi all,
In what seems like an odd coincidence, the second egg from our nest was also picked up by a boater this afternoon. It was found floating several hundred yards north (downwind) of the island on a lake with waves over a foot high at times. To further the odd coincidences, Rosie and I were only a hundred feet or so from where it was seen and picked up. The folks who found it had just visited with us for a minute and were setting up to fish their way down the lake. What are the odds?
In spite of the failure here, we have to remember that we have still had a successful season with a chick each at Silver Lake and Goshen Dam. And next year we all get another chance. Mike

The holiday week is over, whew! Bill’s presentation Wednesday.

Hi all, It has been a busy several days here with mostly great weather and fireworks somewhere on the lake every night for a week. I’ll be glad to see the non-holiday week start.

Our loons are still on the nest, due date tomorrow. This was about noon today, not hard to see the loon when the sun is in the right place.

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For the first time in several days, the mate was floating nearby. The fact that it is close could mean the hatch is imminent. Kathy D, looking long distance at it late afternoon, thought there could have been a chick snuggled in close but waves made it hard to be positive. Rosie and I looked but couldn’t find it.

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Meanwhile, one still sits. I plan to head out in the AM and check again.

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At Goshen Dam, the chick is growing like a weed.

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Dave Phelps took these early afternoon. Sally and Ron joined him out there. They had just hiked in to Silver Lake where they report that the loons (hatch due yesterday) are still on the raft. If anyone is looking for a good reason to hike up to Silver tomorrow, you have one. Let us know what you do or don’t see.

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Back to Goshen again, at least the access area, they have butterflies galore. These black ones like to sun themselves on the gravelly road.

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The yellow ones, even more numerous, were not landing at all.Getting a picture of a moving butterfly is not an easy chore.Modern cameras are amazing, and the butterflies were numerous. I just kept shooting until I got lucky.

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Last but not least, Bill Powers is giving one of his famous historical talks about Silver Lake this Wednesday. If you’ve never been to one of Bill’s talks, they are very entertaining and informative. See flyer below.

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