What a first day.

While doing a loon census of the entire lake (138 birds) we saw the first loon in flight for the year, though barely getting off the water. We saw another loon later in the week, running wildly across the lake, but no lift-off just yet. The strong southerly winds clearly have the loons prepping up for departure. As well, we saw the first blooms of spring on the Oconee Bells, red maples starting to bloom, and eagles on the nest. Spring is upon us, a month early this year!
PACIFIC LOON SIGHTING! Saving the best for last, on the last day of research for this first week, we sighted a Pacific loon, the first sighting ever reported in the four county upstate area. He was right in the mix of a dozen loons at the mouth of the Horsepasture River arm of the lake. Just like he belonged there, not entirely on the other side of North America! ~B

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