No chicks on Lake Dunmore makes for a quiet summer for us resulting in a lot fewer pictures taken and a lot fewer e-mails to you. The latest loon news is that the family at Goshen Dam is doing fine per Sally who visited yesterday. Andy S. spent some time at Silver Lake late last week and only saw one chick with the adults. I had gotten a couple earlier reports that one of the chicks seemed to be quite independent of the family so I’m not too worried yet but I’d appreciate any news from anyone who goes up there.
Floating with friends here on Saturday we happened on a single preening at the entrance to Cove Point. It paid us no mind as we floated about 50 feet away so I’m guessing it’s one of our regulars. We also saw a (the?) pair feeding as we passed by Waterhouses. They also seemed unconcerned with us going by but couldn’t get a picture since they were mostly underwater.
We spent this afternoon drifting through the eclipse. We had no glasses that fit our loon so it spent the whole time just staring at Rosie.
We’ve had another tree incident here last night. When I looked from the water side I thought it had just broken off but closer inspection revealed that the beavers have been busy again. They chewed the one tree (about 12 inches across) which fell into a second one not much smaller which broke off just below the ground.
It’s about 35 feet high so I doubt they’ll be dragging this one south anytime soon.
Back in the found department again, we now have a windsurfer that has wandered from home. No one has claimed that canoe yet either. Mike
Hmm! Apparently some didn’t get the attachment, maybe this time. It’s at 7:00 PM at the Salisbury Church.
Hi again, Here’s a found canoe that is tied up along West Shore Rd. If you know who might own it, please let them know. M.
Eagle and Falcon Presentation in Salisbury
Event: Aug 17, 2017
The Return of Eagles and Falcons to Vermont
Both Peregrine Falcons and Bald Eagles have returned to nest in Vermont and Salisbury after having been extirpated by pesticides. Learn about this remarkable conservation success story from Vermont Fish and Wildlife Nongame Bird Project Leader John Buck. He will give a PowerPoint presentation on Thursday, August 17, at 7 PM at the Salisbury Congregational Church. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Presented by the Salisbury Conservation Commission and the Lake Dunmore/Fern Lake Association.
For all the history buffs, we have a Bill Powers talk this Wednesday evening. Mike
There were 3 cars parked at residences broken into last night on Lake Dunmore Rd. about a half mile north of Branbury. A GPS, money, and personal items were taken. Cars were not damaged because they were unlocked, a mixed blessing at best. I think I’d opt for locking up in hopes the bad guys would keep moving.
We had a loon fatality here on the lake. It was found floating near Waterhouses and the cause of death is unknown at this time. I saw no obvious injury on a quick look and the loon was a very big one with no signs (to me) of wasting away to disease so we’ll have to wait for the report. Based on the size, I don’t think it is one of our mating pair.
Thanks to all who alerted me and especially to Sue and Jenny for bringing it down here. I delivered it to VINS, Eric will have it shipped to Tufts for an autopsy. Hopefully happier news with the next note. Mike
Floating last evening, I caught some interesting reflections from shore on this non-loon. It was one of a flock of about ten working its way north on the east shore. Pretty neat picture, it would make a great puzzle.
As we headed for home a few minutes later, we encountered a pair of loons northbound on a low speed collision course with us. One stopped well short of us but this one kept coming like it thought it had the right of way. I guess it did because we stopped and it passed about 20 feet in front of us.
Tonight, Rosie and I were floating and reading about a hundred yards out from our dock, not paying a bit of attention to the world around us. Thankfully some passing boaters were paying attention and advised us to look up. The eagle was at the very top of the tallest tree just four camps north of us. I took a bunch of pictures, mostly wanting to be ready if it took off but it didn’t move. Mike