Sat. morning hiker needed

Hi all,
Eric has no one to check Silver Lake for loon count this Saturday morning. Is there anyone out there, or do you know someone who would be willing to check Silver Lake anytime between 7:00-9:00 AM while we are checking Dunmore? We try to do it the same time so we don’t count loons twice that may have traveled. If you’d like to help but don’t want to tackle the hike up, the walk in from the top side is pretty easy. It takes longer to drive from here up to the parking area up there than it does to walk in and out. It’s been a while for me but I think it’s only 10 minutes or so each way, slightly down hill on the way in. Let me know if you can help please.

Two very quiet days on the lake in spite of great weather. The family is still traveling back and forth between the east and west shores just north of the island. Midday yesterday we heard and saw a loon flying high above and then both parents took flight to chase it. Even though we knew about where to look, the chick was not easy to find. It’s sitting pretty high in the water in the picture below but when we pulled away, it settled down in so little more than its head was showing. Today we saw it dive to follow an adult and it swam maybe 30′ underwater. They do grow up quickly.


Also today, back in chick mode, it was sleeping with its head under the adults wing. I don’t recall ever seeing that before.


Here’s one doing a little extreme preening, they do kick up a spray. The male is still slightly more wary than the female but they both are still very comfortable around quiet boats and kayaks. That makes me think that no one has harassed them, at least badly and that is great.


High 70’s, no wind, and no one on the lake. It feels like September out there. M.


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