EAGLE REPORT. All in the same Be Here Now moment, there was an eagle on the nest. There was another eagle watching over the one on the nest. There was yet another one watching over the old nest, and then one juvenile eagle gliding in to create a few moments of general havoc. You had to be there.
LOON REPORT. They’re still coming and going most every day, in groups of 10 or 15, and all alone as well. I wonder about the solitary loons. Why do they stay to themselves? Why do they travel alone when most of their kind seem to prefer to migrate in small groups? Migratory loons are wildly hungry when they get here, and a thrill to watch as they go after their prey with such ferocity. If Oconee Bells are America’s most interesting plant, Kay’s stated opinion, surely loons are America’s most enigmatic bird. There are always more questions than answers.
BLOOM REPORT In full bloom: Dogwood, Fraser magnolia, horsesugar, foam flower, branch lettuce, Solomon seal, doghobble, pink azalea, flame azalea. Just beginning to bloom: Mountain laurel, short-leaf rhododendron, black locust.
SWIMMER’S REPORT. Almost. With lake temperatures just about 60 degrees, you can get in, but I defy you to stay in more than a minute or two. On the other hand, I have seen some tourists joyfully swimming most every day this week. Canadians, I would imagine.~B