Spring (?) at the Lake

We finally got the kayaks on the lake this weekend.  The lake has thrown off the blanket of winter, but seems to be slow in waking up to spring.  It was still good to be on the lake to see what it offers.

We chased this pair of merganser ducks most of the way around the south end of the lake.  We would get close and they would swim or fly a bit further ahead of us.  We’d catch up with them again, and they would move a bit further along.

Male Merganser Duck

Male Merganser Duck

 

Pair of Mergansers Taking Flight

Pair of Mergansers Taking Flight

We saw several red-winged blackbirds, but they were pretty elusive.  Most were hidden along the shore.

Red-Winged Blackbird

Red-Winged Blackbird

Turtles were scattered along the shore.  These were in the cove by Horton’s Creek.

Turtles on a Log

Turtles on a Log

There are always lots of turtles at the point across from OCC.  I heard lots of splashing as most turtles abandoned their log, but I did capture this log-full of turtles.

Turtle Pileup

Turtle Pileup

 

Turtle Traffic Jam

Turtle Traffic Jam

There were logs enough for everyone, but they were all piled up on one another here.

We ventured up Horton’s Creek a ways.  There is still a beaver house at the first turn and a second one a short ways up stream.  We didn’t make it to the beaver dam due to a tree down across the creek.  The marsh marigolds were in bloom.

Marsh Marigold

Marsh Marigold

I don’t see many snakes in the water, but did see this one on the east shore just north of the cove at Horton’s Creek.

Snake in the Water

Snake in the Water

 

Snake

Snake

I hope you enjoy all spring has to offer.

Mark

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8 Comments

  1. Vito Valella May 27, 2019 at 6:15 pm #

    Mark,
    Nice photos. Thanks for sharing them.
    Vito

    • mfyancey June 17, 2019 at 3:20 pm #

      Thanks, Vito. You are welcome.

  2. Jane Shoup May 27, 2019 at 6:55 pm #

    Hi Mark, glad that you got your kayaks out on the lake. We have been up here since last Thursday, and paddled Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and today. We have seen a few loons (could not locate a nest on the south end of the lake this year), swans, mallards and lots of mergansers, eagles, and turtles galore. We also have been up the creek, and my friend Angie thinks that first “home” is a muskrat lodge and not a beaver lodge. Looking at pictures on line, it does seem to look like that. Google it and see what you think. We ran into that same tree across the creek that you did and could not make it to where we have seen a beaver dam in the past. The guys have caught record amounts of fish! They got 21 pounds (15 fish) this morning. Guess what we are having for dinner tonight?? Hope to see you on the lake this summer.

    • mfyancey June 17, 2019 at 3:20 pm #

      Hi, Jane. Glad you are on the lake. I did find the loon nest and will post that later today.

  3. Eleanor Fry May 27, 2019 at 9:21 pm #

    Always love seeing your beautiful pics Mark.Happy for you & Rose to do so many things together.Thanks for sharing.!!

  4. Barb May 27, 2019 at 10:13 pm #

    Thanks for sharing. More turtles less snakes. Hugs from Hotlanta!

    • mfyancey June 17, 2019 at 3:18 pm #

      OK, Barb. The next post will be only birds and turtles.

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