Quiet around here

Hi all,
What little boat traffic we have been experiencing has now decreased even more. That’s not a complaint by the way, just an observation.
In critter news, I recently saw a fisher cat cross Hooker Rd. not far from us, not a pretty animal.
The loon family at Silver Lake is doing fine as of yesterday.
On a ride into Brandon this flock of gobblers crossed in front of me. They owned the road and here the field.

Kathy D. caught this osprey a couple days ago. A close look shows a fish in its talons.

Also from Kathy. Sunrise I think but I’m not sure.

Sent in by Eric H, we finish with a couple familiar places as seen from a slightly different angle. The pics are taken from a drone. Thanks to all for the contributions. Mike

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Back in town

Hi all,
Back after a few days in the pine tree state, be it ever so humble… Nothing but seafood for a few days is a pretty nice treat though.
I’ve had several reports of the well being of the loons on both Silver Lake and Goshen Dam, thank you all for passing on your observations. Tom O. sent along the first two pics below from Silver Lake. The family are looking at what appears to be a bear cub. Tom didn’t realize it until he saw the sow a little later.

The family on Silver has the company of a couple otters too. Nice shot.

This one from me taken tonight as we came in from as we came in from a quick ride to the island and back. Enjoy, Mike

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Chicks okay.

Hi all,

We still have 3-4 loons here on Dunmore though I can never find any when I go looking.
Sally checked on Goshen Dam and reports the family there is doing fine. She also said the kayakers were giving the loons their space, so maybe the signs are working.
Tom O. send these next two pictures from Silver Lake showing that they are thriving there. In the last pictures I got the chicks were only about as big as my fist.

Lastly from Sue W. we have a hermit thrush fledgling that, as pathetic as it looks, is doing fine. She had to move it out of the road a couple times a few days ago but it is now flying. Mike

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Not much loon news, canoes, field days

Hi all,
The only loon news I have is that we still have 3-4 here on Lake Dunmore, including that big one that’s been around for a couple weeks now. I haven’t heard anything about Silver Lake or Goshen Dam.
There are still 3 canoes missing since the storm here on LD. I find it hard to believe they’ve all been stolen but think they may be submerged or have been pulled up on someones shoreline. If you any ideas, please let me know.
If you want to see ospreys, take a ride over the Champlain bridge. There are 2 nests on the road between the bridge and Rt. 9. I don’t know how long these 2 birds will be around but they are very tolerant of company right now.

If you missed Addison County Fair & Field Days, Ashley has captured the essence of it in these last photos. Well, not the junk food and demo derby essence that some of us go for but the critter essence for sure. Thank you Ashley. Enjoy, Mike







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Reminder: Salisbury Hist. Society presentation, 17 Aug 2016 Dunmore Hotels

> wjpowers@lakedunmorevt.com
>> The Salisbury, Vermont Historical Society presents a pictorial history of >> the Hotels on Lake Dunmore. 150+ pictures, some dating back to the 1850s. >> Bill Powers presenter.
>> When: Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 at 7 pm.
>> Where: Salisbury, Vermont Congregational Church.
>> —
>> Cheers,
>> Bill Powers
>> Rutland, Vermont
>> wjpowers@lakedunmorevt.com

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Vermont Loon Update plus

Hi all, Our loons on Goshen Dam are reportedly fine but I haven’t heard anything from Silver Lake recently. Here on Dunmore, we seem to have at least 4 loons at the moment with some squabbling, especially during the night. With no chick to protect, any conflict is likely due to loons trying to put themselves in position to dominate the lake next year.
We have numerous reports of eagles above Dunmore, at least one adult and two sub-adults as of late, plus one around Goshen Dam. Makes me wonder if we have a nest in the area.
Below is the State loon update from Eric. Then go way to the bottom for a couple great pictures from Sue W. The first is the underside, then the topside of a great swallowtail. Just beautiful, thanks Sue. Mike

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Hi everyone,

It’s been another tremendous year loon-wise.

Seven new pairs attempted nesting with five producing chicks:

  • Caspian Lake
  • Lake Raponda – far southern VT near Wilmington
  • Chittenden – 2nd pair
  • Goshen Dam (Sugar Hill Reservoir) in Ripton
  • Lake Fairlee – chicks hatched in early August

Two pairs experienced failed nests:

  • Curtis Pond
  • Lake Iroquois

Two new territories were established and nests were built, but we’re not sure if eggs were ever laid:

  • Great Hosmer Pond -north
  • Lake Parker

We also had a report of another loon nest on Knapp Brook Pond that we’ll watch very closely in 2017. Unbelievably, we’re at 91 confirmed nests so far, but still waiting on some Loonwatch surveys to learn about possible nests on several remote lakes. Chick numbers are pretty similar to last year’s even with the bump up from 2016’s total of 87 nests.

Here are some notices and other information for you.

Nest warning sign volunteers: Please make sure your signs are off the water by now. If you need help, please contact me. Store signs in such a way that wood bases are mostly off the ground tilted on cement blocks, etc.

Final chick survival surveys: Please check on your chicks during the last 2 weeks of August and let me know what you find. Chicks sometimes become much more independent and harder to locate in September.

Volunteer hours form: If you had several hours of volunteering or more, please take a few minutes to fill out the volunteer form and mail to me, PO Box 22, Craftsbury, VT 05826. The address on the original form I sent out did not have my PO Box #, so please take note. Thanks.

VCE enews: Watch eNews for a fascinating look at the Lake Fairlee nest through a remote camera that takes a photo every 10 seconds, including a moonlit shot of a Great Blue Heron keeping the nesting loon company for the night. We also share some insights on how hyrdro-electric companies and other groups that maintain dams have helped nesting loons.

VCE intern, Amber Wolf ,and seasonal biologist, Grace Mitchum, helped build and swap out dozens of loon nest warning signs along with moving a raft to a new location on Chittenden Reservoir in hopes of helping the new pair avoid being flooded out in future years. That pair was lucky this year to have a natural nest succeed.

Thanks to all the Loonwatch volunteers who headed out on July 16. We’ll be assembling those results over the next several weeks and will share them with you in the next VLCP update.

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All the best,

Eric Hanson Loon Biologist
Vermont Loon Conservation Project
Vermont Center for Ecostudies

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Vermont Center for Ecostudies, PO Box 420, Norwich, VT 05055

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Heads up for Bill Powers talk

Hi all,
If you’ve never been to one of Bill’s presentations, I recommend you give it a try. See Lake Dunmore as it was a generation or two (or three) ago.
If you scroll down, we complete the Bill mailing with a couple pictures he took from Rattlesnake point a few days ago. Mike

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