Mergansers and Loons

So there's a good news / bad news component to this post.  We're going to start with the bad news first and get this out of the way...

All Things Pleasant on the Lake

We would all love to set wide our windows, but winter has very much held us in her grip this week, with snow falling almost every day. Last season, the ice went out on Pleasant Lake on April 16th, which is a normal ice out time for this lake.

All Things Pleasant on the Lake

We have needed the warming sunshine this week, as cold, blustery North Wind has taken us over. Nevertheless, the lake is looking a little gray in spots and where brooks enter there is open water. Common Mergansers are appearing, a sure sign of spring! The males are often mistaken for loons this time of year.

All Things Pleasant on the Lake

The first week of Spring! Perhaps, just for today, we shall not dwell on the knowledge that temperatures have been well below freezing, snow banks are still piled high and winds have been gusting. Even Mr. Sharp-shinned Hawk is forced to tuck a leg up into his warm downy feathers as he plans his next attack.

All Things Pleasant on the Lake

Another foot of snow has us clothed to the very hollows! A section of the dock is visible down by the lake, and seems to invite us to “Jump right in! The snow is fine!”

Notice of Pleasant Lake Lowering, Fall 2018

Every five years Pleasant Lake may be lowered to allow for properly permitted waterfront work after Labor Day. Complete lowering of the lake is damaging to the lake ecosystem. Therefore, if no requests for waterfront work are made to the Selectmen six months prior to Labor Day (March 1st), the normal Fall Schedule will be followed.

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