|Lake Wicwas Boat Landing|
Yesterday was my final excursion onto the lake. Although there are still 21 inches of ice, including 6 inches of hard, black ice down there, the edges of the lake are getting soft, and it was a little dicey getting out to cut a hole.
There are shaded areas where one can still get onto the ice from shore, but I think I'm done. I did take one more ski trip around the lake on April first, and I wasn't alone (I'm guessing HC and TG left their mark out there). The sun fashioned a smooth, soft, yet very fast surface for us. With my first ski trip of the winter logged back on November 28th, we had a long season for XC skiing around Lake Wicwas.
On my trip I was surprised to see a Great Blue Heron. I didn't get a picture, but it was fishing in a tiny open spot along a sunny, south-facing shoreline.
|Cracks in winter are starting to appear|
Heron stay in the region all year, but move to areas where the water stays open throughout the winter. Other birds are returning to Lake Wicwas as well. I saw a turkey vulture soaring over the lake, and have also heard Canada Geese; I expect to see them out walking on the ice soon. And there was a duck at the inlet from Dolloff Brook.
Here's a grim (and totally erroneous) calculation: Over the past two weeks the lake has lost 4 inches of ice. At this rate we'll have ice out on June 13th! Not to worry, it won't take that long. Look - signs of spring are already pushing up!