Birds are flying and there has been some weather. Some of the weather has been quite dramatic and the near future with the hazy, hot and humid forecast says that storms can come across the lake at any time. Be careful if there is lightning……
On Sunday the 19th, there were a series of storms that came down the lake. A bit of rain fell between 2 and 2:30 PM. In the next half hour, .23 inches fell with strong winds. Then, there was half an hour with no rain but the rains and wind returned between 3 and 3:30 with .31 inches of rain. Then, there was an hour of no rain but the next half hour produced .58 inches. It was calm until around 7:30 when another quarter of an inch of rain fell. Guess the statement of “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.” really did apply!
The eagle chick has been flying and one report said its first flight might have been on July 4th, quite an appropriate day for a bald eagle to start flying. It is staying around the nest, often at the nest, which probably is the most familiar thing for it. Last year, there were two eaglets so they may have been more adventuresome as a pair as compared to the single one this year. This chick is the 6th for the pair of eagles so they are doing well in the chick rearing department.
Other birds are around and an osprey has been frequenting the southeast part of the lake and probably other areas, too. They tend to stay away from where the eagles are as the eagles often will steal their fish. Osprey have narrower wings and are not as “chunky” as the eagles. They are not as powerful fliers but they, too, dive for fish. They have a lot of white on their undersides but their tail is not white.
Other birds are around if you look for them, kingfishers perch on trees along the shore and if you are in a canoe or kayak, they will keep flying to a new perch as you approach. Another bird that is often seen is the spotted sandpiper. It is seen running along the shore, over rocks and beach, looking for bugs. They are rather small, a bit larger than a robin, and have the habit of teetering back and forth when they are standing on the shore. They generally fly close to the water, landing again at the water’s edge.