The Summer People Have Left But Some Are Still Here

Over the course of two days, the 21st and 22nd, we got 3.5 inches of rain and now the wind is blowing cold air in from Canada. Gusts are above 30 mph with the temperature below 50 degrees. Not an ideal “lake day” today. But recently, some have been enjoying the lake. The Common Mergansers are still around, at least the females and young and they all look alike at this season. A “raft” of 3 dozen or so were seen swimming the shores recently and they all seemed to be enjoying themselves. With the strong winds and cool temperatures forecast for the next four days, they will need their warm duck down to keep them warm. img_7166

There was a lone Bufflehead Duck seen and must have gotten lost from his flock. The males are quite dramatic with their black and white and if you are on the lake, keep a look out for them at this time of year and also in the Spring.

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There are also some year round residents here. I was near Brummett Island when these otters were seen, they seemed interested in what I was doing and kept “going under” but coming back a bit closer to my boat.The loons are still here but it is hard to tell the chicks from the adults as everyone is now in their drab winter plumage. They also don’t seem to be talking as much although they seem to be communicating with their little “hooo” call.    lake103lake102   lake104

The loons are still here but it is hard to tell the chicks from the adults as everyone is now in their drab winter plumage. They also don’t seem to be talking as much although they seem to be communicating with their little “hooo” call.img_7015

Another kind of bird that is still around is the Double Crested Cormorant with this picture taken as one was standing on a rock just out of water near Goose Rock. These are the cormorants that are often seen on the lake, often in large numbers on Governor’s Rock, and don’t leave the lake for another few weeks. img_7402

Lastly, in the fields around the lake, coyotes are hunting mice, voles and shrews. Coyotes are amazing for their adaptability and eat a wide range of foods, not just meat. img_7251