Good pictures

Hi all,
Loons here are fine, the chick and one adult have been down here at the south end every day. We’ve heard lots of tremoloing from flying birds, no way to know if it’s ours or a stranger checking the place out. As many as four adults have been seen together.
The family at Silver Lake is good too, but not easy to find. All three were there Monday but way down at the south end. They were feeding very close to shore too, very hard to spot.
If you still have a boat in the water, I’d recommend putting a bottle of drygas in the tank if you haven’t done it in a while. There aren’t many boats out there to tow you in either, I got lucky. Putting drygas in after the fact is iffy too, I got lucky there also.

Here’s a wonderful picture from Dale A, coming back to a sunlit boathouse after a long paddle. Very relaxing to me.

Here’s a few from Robin and Kiwi P.

Notice the cheeks on this parent

as compared to this one. That white at the base of the beak will now spread fairly quickly over the face as the season ends. I’m not sure why one starts before the other but it will happen to both, maybe this one is a little older than the other. These shots were from a week and a half ago, I’ll try to get some current ones for comparison.

The chick doing some extreme preening, always fun to watch once you know they are not in distress.

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This is about half a flock of turkey vultures circling overhead a few days ago. I checked my pulse to be sure I wasn’t the reason they were there, they were just passing through I guess. We have lots of gulls passing through too, a sign of the season.

The super moon from the deck a couple nights ago, also very relaxing to me.

Jim R. sent this one along. Wow! Enjoy, Mike

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Found ski, and good pictures

Hi all,
I’m way behind on my e-mail, it has just been too nice out to be in. I’ll keep this brief.
Found, an O’Brien Performers water ski about 3 weeks ago – It’s white with orange and yellow swirls – good size adult ski.
Loons here are fine, they’ve been here on the south end when I’ve gone looking. I’ve had no updates in the last couple days re Silver Lake, I hope to get up there in the next few days.

Down the hatch. This is the one from Sue W. that I think I mentioned in my last mail. It was taken a split second before the one I took and is just so great.

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From Sue also.

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The picture below was taken using a lot of zoom and cropping, it was probably up 800-1000 or more feet up.

And I got it by looking where the chick was looking. A second later the chick dove and was gone. The adult nearby didn’t react though so I do believe it’s a turkey vulture. Sue or Ron, please let me know for sure. Mike

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Lost cat

Lost female tiger cat, near Kampersville, late Sunday, early Monday morning, 8/31-9/1. Her name is Little Girl cat. She’s very friendly and cute! Darker tiger, short legs, stocky build. She’s about 5 years old. Please call (802) 558-6315 if spotted. She’s greatly missed!!!
Thank you in advance for keeping an eye out. I’m so worried about her!!
Holly Bedard

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Big correction

These first two pictures are from Lisa Griffis, not Sue. Sorry Lisa. That’s what happens when I don’t send them along as soon as I get them. Mike

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Loon update

Hi all,
All the loon news here is good. Our loons have been noisy lately, probably due to visitors getting a little too close. I have had a couple reports of incidents of posturing but no real skirmishes yet.
The first two pictures are from Sue W, taken here on the 26th. Our chick is getting more mature by the day and you’ll have an excuse to come back and look again in a minute.

Sue does take a beautiful picture.

Our chick feeds itself but both parents are still helping it along. The chick gulped this right down.

These next two pics are compliments of Robin and Kiwi P. and were taken at Silver Lake on the 28th.

Comparing this chick to ours in the other pictures, you can see quite a difference. I went back through my photos until I found our chick with this amount of fuzz and I guessed this one was hatched 4-5 weeks later. Then my mind went to calculating the weeks to departure and if it will be mature enough. The year our pair nested on Mud Pond, that chick flew to Dunmore during the second week of September. Even born late, that means this Silver Lake chick should be able to make the short flight here by the end of October if cold weather forced it out of there. The adults should be gone by then so maybe it will even join up with our chick for company and then they can leave together.

We’ve had some great evenings for taking pictures and our loons have been very accommodating.

Below is our chick, taken on 9/1. I think I can see a little difference from Sue’s picture at the top taken a week earlier. They grow so fast.
If anyone hikes up to Silver Lake, please take your camera and pass along any shots you get. Enjoy the pictures, Mike

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BIG news

Hi all,
Our loon family is doing very well with nothing too exciting to report there. The last couple days and nights have been noisy with lots of wailing and tremoloing, most of the time with a reason I can’t find. There is at least one more adult living on the lake, most of the time at the north end. Maybe that one is venturing too far south and getting too close to the chick. Folks have reported seeing the chick at the north end but I have yet to observe it north of Sucker Brook. Since migration season is starting, we may see any number of loons of varying ages here but we can’t tell what age they are after 3 years. 1, 2, and 3 year olds can be identified by their increasing mating plumage. A 1 year old’s coloring is not much different from our chick’s and could easily be misidentified. Been there and done that.
A mature eagle is still around, or maybe it’s back from somewhere. I’ve been too slow with the camera though.
The BIG news is that we think there is a chick at Silver Lake. This would be the first one ever as far as we know. I’m 98% sure based on other reliable folks thinking it is, and watching it myself with an adult for about 3/4 of an hour. They were just a little too far away to get the picture I needed to erase that other 2% of doubt. Sue W. went looking yesterday and unfortunately couldn’t find them. Sally B. is headed up there this weekend and can hopefully positively ID it. The romantic notion would be that the adults are some of our chicks from previous years come home to raise their own family. The same can be hoped for the pair at Goshen Dam too and odds are pretty good that it could be true. We’ll be keeping you updated on that one and please look hard and maybe get a picture if you go up there.

Great weather has made for some good picture taking this past week. Sue W. and I were shooting side by side and I’m pretty sure she got some better pictures than I did too. I could hear her camera clicking a little before or after mine and timing can be everything. I know she got one a split second before me here and I’ll share her pics when I she sends them to me.

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This is at the mouth of Sucker Brook looking north. They went a few feet past the mouth but then turned south again. No picture because it happened too fast but Sue and I got to see one of the adults swim at full speed underwater. You would have to see it to truly understand how fast they go. To quote the younger generation, “It was awesome”.

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The chick took this fish from the adult and easily gulped it down. The chick is diving almost as frequently as the adults and could, I would hope, survive on its own now.

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As I was headed out one morning, these non-loons came so close to the dock I could have grabbed one for lunch. I opted for the picture though.

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Here, I got lucky with the timing. While fishing off Sucker Brook, I looked up just in time to see this one take off from the middle of the big lake and head right towards us. I got the camera up just in time to catch it as it went by about 30′ from the boat. There was no skill involved here at all, just point and shoot like it says in the ad for the camera. I’d rather be lucky than good anytime.
Enjoy, and keep those reports coming in please. Mike

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Break in

Hi all,
There was a break in last night at a cottage in North Cove, a locked screen door was jimmied to gain entry. It happened while the residents were sleeping which makes it especially scary. Please be watchful and report any suspicious behavior to the police. Mike

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