But we have noticed that most of the time only one parent is taking care of Sam; the other is far away. Maybe that's the reason for fewer altercations - I wonder if one parent is always on guard duty, enforcing a wide buffer from Sam. But this leaves Sam vulnerable to an aerial attack by an eagle whenever the parent watching Sam dives to fish.
Perhaps Sam is now wise enough to keep an eye on the sky and can dive sufficiently to escape an attack. I said last week that a hawk may have gotten our other loon chick, Justintime. But later accounts, including a photo taken by Debby Crowley of an eagle harassing the loons, tell me it was most likely an eagle rather than a hawk.
|Juvenile eagle. Photo by Debby Crowley.|
Back on land, I've been watching the black cherries all summer; it's a reliable long-term calendar for the progression of the season. It begins in late April or early May with shaggy pre-buds forming.
|Just 4 days later|
On a different note (no pun intended) perhaps you attended the Meredith Sculpture Walk this past Friday which combined art and music throughout Meredith Village.
|"Divided Light" by Meredith's Steven Hayden, with Lake Winnipesaukee and the Belknap Mountains in the background|
|Musicians from New Hampshire Music Festival|
It was a beautiful day to appreciate the arts with many New Hampshire musicians and artists featured. If you missed it, you can tour the 34 sculptures anytime; there are self-guided tour maps available in the village and online.
Art, Music, Nature, Lakes and Mountains - the Lakes Region has it all!