Different kind of wildlife…

Kids canoeing at Silver Lake.On the most perfect spring day so far this year, the second and third graders from Eastern Mennonite Elementary were at the lake practicing their canoeing skills. Perhaps we’ll see some of them again on Kid’s Fishing Day this Saturday! Other wildlife happenings recently include the hatching of mallards and a Bald Eagle sighting.

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DUCK BABIES – FINALLY!

duck-babies-01.jpgWas so pleased to finally see a batch of 13 Mallard babies make it to the water today! We have no idea where the nest was hidden, but they spent their first day mostly below the spillway. They had one quick swim with mom and dad on the lake early this morning.

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OSPREY SHOW

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                                                                                                                                                                                                               Had a grand Osprey show today at Silver Lake. A single Osprey spent about 20 minutes, mostly toward the south end of the lake near the mill. He was not successful with his fishing, however.

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DAY 9 – ROBINS

robin-22.jpgrobin-20.jpgAll three babies are still active, despite exposure to the heat and sun.
Eyes are open!

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DAY 5 – ROBINS

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I did not have the luxury of taking pictures yesterday, so these photos mark two days of change. Amazing! Wing feathers are starting to be present, and the babies are looking more like real Robins. Mother Robin will not come near when I am in the area.

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DAY 3 — THE BABY ROBINS

robin-17.jpgrobin-16.jpgWhile they are changing daily, the 3 babies just seem so fragile.

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BABY ROBINS – DAY 2

robin-14.jpgrobin-11.jpgThe third baby hatched, and all three are still alive on Day 2.

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ROBIN HATCHLINGS

robin-09.jpgrobin-08.jpg                                                                                 robin-06.jpgTwo out of our three Robin’s eggs hatched this morning on Linhoss Road! It looked like the third egg will be hatching soon.

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DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT

cormorant02.jpgIt’s here at the lake as I write this. Seems to be by itself. Put on a lengthy display with its wings about 9 a.m. on the spillway. It’s the first Cormorant we’ve noticed in two years.

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“GREAT WHITE HERON”

heron-or-egret-02.jpgheron-or-egret.jpgThis heron was present Sunday morning and Monday morning (5/13-5/14). Both mornings, it was gone by 7:10 a.m. On Monday, was able to get a few crude
photos – but enough to seemingly prove it is a “White Morph” of the Great Blue Heron, thanks to its yellowish legs. Not certain, but believe it may be the first time in Rockingham County. A Great Blue Heron took off in one of the shots, giving us a nice confirmation of the White’s size. Believe it has likely left the area, but it was definitely a nervous bird, and there have
been various early morning interruptions and loud noises. Who knows!

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