NATURE REPORT

As always, nature put on a great show this week. We thought the adult loons had left the chick for good, but after a four-day absence one of them came back to check on the little feller, but after a morning of fishing, quickly left again. The chick is growing rapidly and seems to be getting better at diving and nabbing perch. The otters were frolicking on the shores of Long Lake, feasting on frogs. We have not seen the third otter in many weeks. It may have moved on to find its own territory. Or, it’s just been sleeping in (it is a teenage otter after all). A wide variety of cool mushrooms were spotted, including the Coral Mushrooms. We saw many varieties of bumble bees, including a rare Frigid Bumble Bee, on the Asters and Golden Rod. We’ve enjoyed watching the Kingfisher dive into the water catching minnows from the shallows. They have a lovely trill call. There has been a hatch of large dragonflies, but they have avoided our net and remain unidentified. We’ve been serenaded by the mating call of a Tree Frog all week. He has such a beautiful singing voice. The warblers are still migrating through on their way south, and caterpillars – including Monarchs – are still forming chrysalis on Milkweed. A young Broad-Winged Hawk landed on the road in front of a car and refused to move. Eventually, it picked up the dead frog on the road and flew away. Gaggles of up to 20 Canada Geese have been gathering on the lake. There have been a lot of Garter snakes moving about with many finding their way onto the roads. Be careful to avoid them if you can.

PHOTOS FROM THE WEEK

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OTTERS PLAYING...BECAUSE IT'S FUN