Loon pics and more storm stuff

Hi all,

Lets start with a couple of wonderful pictures of our Silver Lake family sent in by Tom O.

Storm news is good in that we didn’t have another one today, it looks like it all went south of us. Saturday’s storm left damage we are just hearing about. Lots of trees down just off the lake, and the island lost a couple of its tall ones too.

In the lost department we hear that Songa is still missing a couple canoes. If you have any idea where they are, please let me or someone there know.

On the found side, we have a double kayak paddle, and this lovely yellow whatever it is pictured below. We also have a dock floating from north to south and back along 53. Mike

Goshen Dam Loons!

 

WOOHOO again

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Hi all,

I spent almost an hour in the woods today off Goshen Dam watching the pair act like they may have had a chick be seeing nothing. The shot below was the giveaway as the mate came from quite a ways out to try to feed a tiny fish to the back end of the loon floating near the nesting raft. It didn’t draw a chick out but I just kept shooting and hoping.

I never did see the chick through the binos but when I blew up the picture below

I could clearly see the little head peeking out. There had been 8 canoes floating out there for a couple hours so maybe that accounts for the shyness. There were 2 eggs in the nest so there may be another chick hiding under there, I hope so.

Hopefully one of my kayak owning friends can get out and take a hard look at the nest soon and see if there is a clue there. We need to get those signs too and eventually drag the raft up on shore to keep it from getting waterlogged. Raft can wait but signs need to come out asap.

Another giveaway was the mates reaction to a kayaker coming a little too close. Even with the loss of the nest here on Dunmore, this has turned into a pretty good year. Mike

Loonwatch Day

 

LOONWATCH DAY

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Hi all, Next Saturday morning is statewide loon count. Volunteers all over the state try to get on all the lakes and ponds at the same time to try to get a fairly accurate number of the loons we have. John & Kathy will cover Silver Lake, Allon & Maryanne will paddle Goshen Dam, and John and Xu will look at Mud Pond for us. Is there someone on Fern Lake who would enjoy paddling it or is there someone with a good view of the length and breadth who needs an excuse to look out the window a number of times between 7:30 and 9:00 AM. We are interested in loons primarily of course but also any eagles, peregrines, or ospreys who may wander by if you recognize them. You don’t need to be an expert, just do the best you can. Please let me know if you are a Fern Laker who can participate or even a non-Fern Laker willing to go for a paddle on Fern that morning.

AND, we like to do Lake Dunmore with 3 boats with 2-3 observers on each boat. We could use another boat and could use 3-4 (5-6?) more sets of sharp eyes to ride along. We meet just outside South Cove at 7 and it takes us about an hour and a half to sweep up the lake in formation. So, do I have a boat willing to help us out? And, would you like to come along as an observer? Your own binoculars would be a bonus but we do have an extra pair or two for someone who needs them. Let me know asap and we’ll work out where to meet/get on, whatever. I do hope to hear from at least 3 of you.

No loon news from me today but Henry D. who covers 9 (I think) lakes and ponds in Southern Vt. reports 6 chicks hatched with 2 loon pairs still on the nest. He says it could be a record year for his area. Because ours are second nestings, I’m guessing the 25th plus or minus a couple days before we know the results of Silver Lake and Goshen Dam.

Kathy’s flower was a chicory, not hickory as my auto spell checker decided. The spell checker checker missed it on the re-read.

And because you were nice enough to read to the end, you get to see Sue W’s otter. It is in fact in Otter Creek and therefore not our potential egg stealer. Mike

Happy 4th of July

Hi all,

A report from Nicole C, our newest person on the list, has the Goshen pair doing fine. I haven’t heard from anyone checking the nest at Silver Lake this weekend, hopefully tomorrow.

Today was picture perfect here and mid afternoon we got a high flyby from Lake Dunmore’s own symbol wishing the US a happy b’day.

Early evening we were lucky enough to see it land in a tree just SW of the island. It sat there until I was tired of taking pictures of it.

Early evening we were lucky enough to see it land in a tree just SW of the island. It sat there until I was tired of taking pictures of it.

10 minutes later just before camp, we encountered a loon pair preening as they headed further south

This was the view from the captain’s seat as we wandered back north again at dusk. I sure have a tough job don’t I.

Taking pictures of fireworks from a boat is a fool’s errand but just in case there is someone out there who wanted to see some and couldn’t, boom. Happy 4th to all. Mike

Taking pictures of fireworks from a boat is a fool’s errand but just in case there is someone out there who wanted to see some and couldn’t, boom. Happy 4th to all. Mike