THE LAST LOON REPORT

NEVER AGAIN! The winds have blown heavy from the south every

THE LAST LOON REPORT

NEVER AGAIN! The winds have blown heavy  from the south every afternoon this week. Just right for the departure of  loons who haven’t left for their summer breeding lakes. I imagine we’ll see a few here and there, but for the most part, they are gone til next year. But oh, what a goodbye present one loon gave me one morning early this week. I had never before seen a loon landing up close, and at a distance it has always appeared that they make a big, splashy, even humorous landing. But never again. Witnessed from just a few feet away, their landing is graceful. With arched -down wingtips as they circle toward the surface of the lake, they stretch their legs and feet out and drag them in the water to decelerate onto the lake. Legs and feet as landing gear! It was a thing of beauty.

EAGLE WATCH REPORT: No chick sightings yet, but both adults are off the nest at the same time. And at least one young juvenile is watching over the southern end of the lake on a regular basis.

BLOOM REPORT: Subtlety rules this week. A bloom here, a bloom there in the understory. Next week, watch out!

SWIMMER’S REPORT. 56 degree surface water temperature.  Not just yet. ~B

 

 

 

                               

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