News

16
Oct

Getting Ready For Winter

Squirrels and Chipmunks Many animals here are getting ready for winter by storing food. Among them are squirrels and chipmunks. American Red Squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) are common here. Their winter diet is mostly the seeds of...
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01
Aug

Loon Update

We continue to see our old pair together, sometimes visiting Turtle Cove. Occasionally they join other loons for rather peaceful fishing on the Elkins end of the Lake. Two of the five adult loons above...
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22
Jul

A New Twist in the 2021 Loon Saga

Since the last newsletter we have been checking the Lake daily. Sadly, we have come to the conclusion that the Loon chick is gone. However, we have been seeing a very interesting and hopeful transition. Our male...
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10
Jul

Latest on the Loon Saga

Sunset on July 4th – Nature’s fireworks fading at the end of a dramatic day! This is not an easy issue to write and not pleasant to read, but that is where we are with the Loon saga...
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08
Jul

Songbirds in Turtle Cove

Many songbirds, including the ones below, use their song to attract mates as well as to defend their territory. They are a delight to hear singing in Turtle Cove and all around the lake. Since...
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30
Jun

First Chick!

  Yesterday our first 2021 Loon chick hatched. John Ryan was asked to name the Loon chicks this year. Honoring Kittie Wilson’s tradition of naming the first chick as a male, with P for Pleasant Lake, this one is Paul. If...
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20
Jun

Loons and Mergansers

Our Loon parents are taking turns sitting on their eggs. Given the normal incubation period for Loons, we expect the chicks to hatch just before the 4th of July this year. With the Fireworks on the 2nd and a lot of Lake activity over the weekend, it could be a hard time for them.
05
Jun

An Unsettled Start to the Season

Loons, like many birds, are very territorial.  Our male Loon is often on the lake the very day the ice has melted enough to provide a landing area. 
23
Nov

Loony Year in Review

When we arrived on May 18, there were already two eggs on the nest.  John Wilson had seen the parents on the nest on the 13th of May. This is their 14th year breeding on...
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14
Oct

Songbirds Heading South for the Winter

Loon Update We had more sightings last week of the mother loon than of Pablo. We assume Pablo is just becoming more independent. Possibly the helicopter activity along the power line above the lake is keeping him near...
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