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

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

Loons & Owlets

Now the Loons.

The loons here have not been seen exhibiting any courtship/re-nesting behavior so I plan to pull the signs tomorrow. If they then decide to nest, I’ll put them back out there again. If there is someone with a moderately strong back willing to help tomorrow, I’ll be happy to work around your schedule.

GOOD LOON NEWS. Sue W. found a loon nesting on the raft at Goshen Dam today. I’ll send pics when she gets them to me. In the meantime you can enjoy this rafting loon at Chittenden Res, also compliments of Sue.

 

We’ll finish with some owlet news that I should have sent a couple weeks ago when I got it. This is from Philip H. and was taken on Mountain View. I hope they are fully fledged by now and making their way across the cove to take care of some of the many chipmunks in our area. Mike