Summer

It is now officially summer.  In the past two days we have gotten 2 3/4 inches of rain.  Badly needed rain.  Now I suppose the mosquitoes will come out in full force.

The other night we went over to Shell Lake.  The water there is at an all time low.  It smells bad there..a lakey, rotten fishy smell that is not at all appealing.

Chance was not allowed out of the car.  He wanted to come out..and he whined but he didn’t need to smell that rotten.

Shell Lake had a successful Loon hatch.  They have one baby.

Loons on Shell Lake

The baby is swimming between the parents.

The Canada Geese were resting on shore.  Chance watched them patiently.

Canada Geese on Shell Lake

They got up and headed for the water.  You can see that this years goslings are going through a moult to get their adult flight feathers.  The Mama Geese usually molt at the same time so they can fly when their goslings are ready to try their new flight feathers.  The males begin their moult right after breeding in the early spring.  They cannot fly during the moult. 

Canada Geese are wonderful family groups.  Different branches of the family band together in a group called a crèche.  Canada Geese mate for life.  In my photo the group of geese is called a gaggle. More than five geese on the ground is a gaggle. In flight they would be called a skein. ( My $5.00 question for my Grands this week is: How many Geese are in a gaggle and are they on the ground or in the air? The first Grand that calls with the correct answer wins. )

The tour with the magazine editor went well last Monday.  I am glad it is over.  I have been very busy with tourists..rainy days brought them off the lakes and into the museum.   The paint from the Valspar paint grant arrived…so we can begin painting..the board members as in “we.”  I will not be painting unless it becomes absolutely necessary. I have a desk full of work to accomplish and tourists to greet:)

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One Response to Summer

  1. WOW now maybe Shell Lake will improve. That must be very shallow.
    We had downpours yesterday aslo b ut no rain gauge….we need to replace one but if I do not have it on a shopping list we both forget..that and some new scrub brushes!!!
    What a glorious first day of sumnmer!!!! Ryan and two boys are here preparing to to jetting on Middle Cormorant today.