I saw quite a few ducks stopping for a rest on their migration trip, including four ducks that kept flying off ahead of my path around the lake.
Other birds on the lake this week included various ducks, including three pairs of Ring-neck Ducks on one rainy day, and a Pileated Woodpecker flitting from tree to tree along the shore. The Canada Geese are still here as well - the first to arrive, and one of the last leave.
There are a few random splotches of color around, mostly from the huckleberries on the shoreline and an occasional maple.
|The last of the Color|
|The Shoreline Revealed|
All those little holes between rocks and tree roots, hidden under the water, provide coverage for mink, muskrat, snakes, and other aquatic animals.
The bird feeder went out this week, hoping that the bears have gone off to find their winter resting sites. Within an hour the desired visitors had found it, starting with chick-a-dees and both Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers. Soon thereafter a large flock of Tufted Titmice came by, and they were not being very charitable; there was lots of aerial dogfighting going on, and chasing each other away from their new-found food supply.
All the creatures are preparing for the coming winter, whether by securing food sources, finding a spot to hibernate, or heading to warmer climates (including many homo sapiens!). Signs of the impending change is evident almost everywhere I look, including the evening sky, which is displaying the hues of the coming season.
|Looking West from Meredith Center Road|