I spent about 2 minutes at the nest and observed one egg. There are pieces of egg shell in the nest (green arrows), so I am assuming that the first egg yielded a chick that hatched, but for some reason did not survive. We do have a lot of snapping turtles in the pond, so that could have been the cause of death. The hatching date would have been sometime between July 26-31. Because I was on a trip to Millinocket, I have no way of knowing.I then motored toward the north end to observe the loons, but no chick was in evidence. 11:15am - I observed the female on the nest again, and the male was swimming and diving in close proximity to the nest. A fishing boat was about 200 feet from the nest and the pair swam away from the nest, called once, and then went out diving together. I cannot figure out this behavior. I am doubting that the second egg will survive as the female seems very inconsistent about sitting on the nest. Could this be a young pair who don't know how to care for their eggs or hatchlings? After all, this is the third nest attempt. The first nest was abandoned soon after it was built, the second nest yielded one hatchling that was preyed upon, and now this third nest had two eggs, with one hatching that has died.
Sunday, August 1, 2021
Saturday, July 31, 2021
Sunday, July 25, 2021
More rain! This Ruby-throated hummingbird male made sure that he got some go-juice before the rain began in earnest. The zip ties are meant to keep birds from pooping into the feeder. It works great for larger birds, but the hummers use them for perches!
As far as the rain is concerned, we got 0.42" which brings us up to 8,92" for July, thus far. And, we have the possibility of more rain showers on Tues, Thurs, and Friday to round out the month..
Saturday, July 24, 2021
I have four high bush blueberry plants. The oldest one was the only one to flower and bear fruit this year. I just picked one full cup of blueberries. Yay!This is my biggest yield to date with about 160 blueberries. I am going to let them dry and ripen a bit more, for a few days, before eating them as they are rather tart.
Friday, July 23, 2021
We had wave, after wave, after wave of severe thunderstorms today. It was crazy. We got caught in one of the storms while walking home after visiting with some friends. We were walking as fast as we could as it started sprinkling. Then, we saw/heard a loud spark of electricity followed by a lightning strike nearby. The clap of thunder that came afterward was so loud it actually hurt our ears. We all jumped, yelled, and Toby bolted. He was on leash, but this was incredibly scary and startling. Neither of us has been that close to being hit by lightning before. Even one of the loons let out a shriek after that calamity.
Rain-wise, we got 0.73". Add that to the former total for July and we have had 8.5" of rain thus far. (July usually gets 4" on average.) And, there is more rain to come on Sunday!
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Neighbor Shannon and I went on our second summer adventure, this time to Eastern Egg Rock!We boarded Cap'n Fish's Audubon Puffin and Scenic Cruise, at Boothbay Harbor, for 2.5 hours of fun! The trip out to Eastern Egg Rock takes about an hour. Then, the boat makes 2 passes of the island, which takes about 30 minutes, followed by a return journey to Boothbay Harbor.
This was Shannon's first trip and my second with Cap'n Fish! Such a beautiful day for a boat ride. And, as Shannon's shirt reminds everyone..."Bee Happy!" Truthfully, I was ecstatic!As we cruised through the harbor, we passed by lots of gorgeous sailboats. There was a light wind that was perfect for a day on the water!There is also going to be a Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club Regatta this coming weekend, so the boats were starting to arrive.We also passed by some lighthouses. The first was Burnt Island Light which was built in 1821, so this is its 200th anniversary! It is the second oldest surviving lighthouse in Maine and is located on a 5 acre island that was used to raise and graze sheep. It used to be burned for pasturage.A bit further out we passed by Ram Island Light, which was stationed in 1883. It marks the eastern edge of Boothbay Harbor.Then, we headed east past Pemaquid Point Light at the southern tip of New Harbor.After logging these three lighthouses, we continued east, on the open ocean, to Eastern Egg Rock. Eastern Egg Rock is a treeless island of about 7 acres in area. It is a conservation area that is run by the Audubon Society's Seabird Institute.Eastern Egg Rock is a breeding ground for quite a number of seabirds including Puffins, Black Guillemots, Arctic, Roseate and Common Terns, Laughing Gulls, Common Eider,and Storm Petrels.When we reached the fish rich waters surrounding Eastern Egg Rock, we immediately saw Black Guillemots, who also nest on the island and raise their chicks in crevices. As you can see here, this Guillemot has a caught a fish which it will take back to the chick.There are also gulls galore, the majority of which are Laughing Gulls. Eastern Egg Rock supports the largest colony of Laughing Gulls in Maine.But, wait! What about the Puffins? Well, they were incredible! There were large rafts, groupings of puffins who float and socialize in the ocean together, numbering from 40-50 or more individuals. Wow! In this photo, you see part of a raft in the foreground and part of a second raft in the background.Here is part of a raft that I was able to catch a bit closer up.