Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.
Plenty of action including the deer visiting
The wild irises are beginning to bloom
Other wildflowers are poking up through the reeds and on the shore
Lots of turtles......This one was crossing the road...Why did the turtle cross the road????
The loon pair on Barney's Lake are still sitting on the nest...This exchange was very difficult to document. One minute there, the next gone...
Friday night, still on the nest
Sometime between 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., the loon eggs hatched. At 6:30 p.m., the obvious absence of the loon from the nest caught the attention. Then the search began looking on the lake for the loon family. They were located on the far end of the lake almost as far away from the public access as possible. The 100-300 zoom lens of the camera could barely pick them up. The video camera did a better job.
Loon family on the far side of Barney's Lake
There are at least two hatchlings
"Loon hatchlings can swim almost immediately, but it takes almost two months before they are capable of flying. While they are small, the babies often roost within the back feathers of a parent. Loons typically mature at three years of age. Immature birds stay in marine waters until they are ready to breed."
This is not a monster coming out of Barney's Lake. This is a loon out in the bright sunlight flapping its wings and playing in the water.
"Splish, splash, I was takin' a bath. Long about a Saturday night."
Loons clip one This shows the loons on the far side of the lake.
Loons clip two This one shows that there are at least two baby loons.
Loons clip three This one shows one loon in the bright sunlight flapping and playing.
Loons clip four This one shows the loon family back together.
These ducklings were following momma duck until the waves, perhaps a wake, made momma almost disappear...A frenzy ensued...
The pond was pumped down quite a bit...
What'd you say? Ivan Young getting ready to sein the pond by putting on his waders early Friday morning..
Ivan and Don (Tritsch) seining the pond for walleye fry...
The pump-out method...............The older filling method...............Checking for walleye fry........
One salamander got caught in the seine
Lifting the nets out of the way for the pumping..
Barney's Lake Walleye Rearing Pond Pump-out
Saturday morning found the pond almost emptied...
Gull Harbor birds---What kind?
These birds were just off the road and didn't seemed too bothered by human presence...
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Clue: You pass this every day you go into town.
This was taken at Gull Harbor, but it was a long way off....
Not sure what kinds of birds these are, but the small one looks like a redwing blackbird.
On Saturday, June 20, 2009, both museums had an open house from noon until 3 p.m. These pictures were taken on the porch of the Mormon Print Shop Museum.
The first is more interested in mating than in eating...The second more interested in eating than mating