There are still many other loons on the lake, including the group of five I saw last week.
I have passed this information onto the loon authorities and asked for any information they have on this particular bird - I will share what I learn from them.
Maybe all the visiting loons on the lake are grandparents, aunts and uncles who have come to meet the new member of the family!
I came across another new family on the lake this week:
The loons and the geese are rather visible on the water when they have new chicks, but ducks seem to be much more shy; this is the first time I have a seen a duck family on the lake. And when the mother duck noticed me on the shore, she swam well away to be a decoy, while the ducklings stayed in close formation, scooting off in a different direction.
I checked the progress of the Black Cherry (see May 13, 26 and June 8 posts for earlier status). The fruit is turning a vibrant red-orange color now and will be ripening soon.
Closer to the ground, the Indian Pipe have joined the many other fungi emerging from the rich forest soil.
I identified a new bug this week as well (sorry RP!) and this one is a "true bug".
|Assassin Bug (Zelus luridus)|
It is an Assassin Bug (a member of the large genus Reduvius), aptly named, as it has a rather gruesome method of capturing its prey. It injects a poisonous saliva into its prey through its long, thin rostrum (folded underneat its head in this picture).
Last week we took a hike up Rattlesnake Mountain, just north of Squam Lake. If you've never done this hike you should try it - it's a short (1.8 miles round trip), easy hike up a well maintained bridle path, with one of the best best view-to-effort ratios you'll ever get!
Squam Lake from West Rattlesnake Mountain
(A delayed post this week due to technical difficulties at the internet provider.)