This week's report is brought to you by brand new Long Lake Naturalist Amanda Gray.
First, an update about the Loon Chick. After being left alone for days, a parent returned for an afternoon, left and hasn’t returned. We worry that the chick might not be at the top of itd class. It was observed awkwardly walking onto the beach and searching around before heading back into the safety of the water. This is not a good idea with all the predators lurking nearby. Despite some questionable decisions, the chick is getting bigger, and its head is starting to turn black, but it has a long way to go before it’s ready to fly south. Our little Loon friend has been joined on the lake by small flocks of migrating Canada Geese and a pair of Trumpeter Swans. We’re still seeing some warblers, including a Nashville Warbler, along with Sandpipers, Blue Jays, Gold Finches and Kingfishers. It’s peak mushroom season, and we’ve had fun with Puff Balls. There was a mysterious yellow hairy substance growing on some mushrooms that we couldn’t figure out. It’s stringy and hair-like with what looked like little seeds inside. Our identifier app said it was lichen, but we have our doubts. Any ideas? The Asters, Goldenrods and Jerusalem Artichokes are still blooming and continuing to attract bees and some butterflies. We have found a large number of Milkweed Tussock caterpillars on the Milkweed plants. The seed pods of the Milkweed plants are getting bigger and could break open in the next few weeks. It’s a great time to explore the world and we want to remind everyone to unplug, get outside and to…LIVE CONNECTED.