Busy Couple of Days

Hi all,

Old news first, Tyler P. id’d the stranger as a Ross’s goose. That was pretty far down on my list of guesses since my bird knowledge was shy the little bit of information that there was such a thing.

Next is something I did know existed and Dede reports her grandson got this a couple days ago on a tip up. The big pike was returned to the water after the picture.

I was headed to town yesterday morning and noticed that the wind had done its work and the big lake is wide open again. As I passed the dock at Sunset Cottages I saw two mature eagles hovering in the strong wind where you see this one. They drifted back and forth a little as they tried to grab a diving duck every time it surfaced.

After a minute or less and the three or four attempts to surface that I witnessed, the duck decided to try to escape.

In the second or so it took my camera to recover from this shot, the race ended and the next shot is of the eagles flying back towards Songa with breakfast in claw. It would have been an incredible video if I had thought to do that instead of shoot stills. Considering the time lapse between the first glimpse, braking, backing up, digging the camera out, jumping out and leaving the truck in the middle of the road with my door wide open, and starting to shoot, I’m glad to have anything at all. This was 7:40 AM on a very cloudy day and there was very little light, modern cameras are amazing.

Last but not least is this shot just in from Natalie & Eric H. down is South Cove who send an invitation to anyone who would like to skate to come on down. I’ll put you in contact if you need directions how to get there. Mike

The many faces and Sounds of the Lake

Hi all,

We are well into early winter on the south end of Lake Dunmore. The north end is still open though the area from Waterhouses to Songa skimmed over last night it didn’t hold through the day today in spite of temperatures in the teens. We’ll have to see what tonight brings. We still have birds out there and I’ll try to get a better look tomorrow and hopefully see what they are.

This picture from Diane D. isn’t of faces obviously, and it isn’t Dunmore either but it could have been. This is on Champlain in Addison where it looks like winter is trying to get a toehold too.

From Ashley we see Dunmore 3 days ago, still with a dusting of snow.

Same view yesterday, now covered with rainwater.

Late yesterday afternoon, the cold returned with a vengeance and I so wish you all could hear the sounds the lake has been making for the last 24 hours. The groaning as the ice expands is usually intermittent but other than a little quiet time midday has been almost non-stop. I’m checking with the younger generation to see if they can help me record it and if so, a recording you will get. In any case, we are iced in solid across the south end and John E. measured 6” in front of them this afternoon. Stay warm folks. Mike