A Good Day - UPDATE April 25, 2020

By last evening, half the ice had suddenly melted from Woods Lake out the window, the first lake in the area to have open water. Herring gullHerring gullBy this morning, a loon and 3 kinds of ducks had found it. By this evening, the second day to have temperatures in the 60’s, all the ice was gone except a few little patches. The other lakes have barely started to melt. As they open up, more loons will shift from the open rivers to the lakes where they will nest, and mates from past years will find each other to mate again. Loons never nest on this little lake, it’s just an annual spring stopover, but they do nest in our bay on Eagles Nest Lake where the pontoon boat is.

The new male woodchuck that I thought we wouldn’t see again is a regular, trucking down the driveway to make his entrance each morning. He is so calm as he looks in the window. When I opened the door a little to throw out a piece of broccoli, he just looked, kept eating, and eventually went to the broccoli.

At the Bear Center Tasha checked out her old digs, (click here) (and here) and Lucky and Holly are a pair again, peacefully eating their bags of food together. Good camera work showed a woodchuck (click here) and a snowshoe hare (still mostly white) that somehow found their way into the enclosure again. Good to see them.

 Lucky and Holly Lucky and Holly Snowshoe HareSnowshoe hare

Last year, the first bear came here 55 minutes after midnight on April 26, which would be tonight. I’ll leave food out.

It was a big day for gulls—so many of the old familiar ones are back and up to their old tricks like knocking on the window, flying back and forth from the window to the feeding spot, catching bologna, and all.Loon Loon on Woods Lake

A nice surprise today was seeing the old To Tell the Truth program from 1973 that I’ve never seen. Peggy made it a project to get a link to it. Nobody looked like I remembered, not even me. It brought back a good memory of seeing New York and how it is behind the scenes of a TV show. I don’t know how it all came about. Thanks for finding it, Peggy. https://youtu.be/oTMSS163YlE

Thank you for all you do.
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center