10:16pm Wednesday, November 9, 2011

34 degrees  Clear   Wind  N 2mph
There have been more swans on the lake but unfortunately I have not seen any loons.
Just a brief update on the migrations on the USGS website.  Eight of the 20 loons are now on the Great Lakes.  The other 12 are either still on their home lakes or part way in between.
Yesterday the eagles were after the coots again and the sound of the "waterfall of coots" was heard several times.  I haven't seen nearly as many of the coots today so I am not sure if they are somewhere else on the lake or if they have moved on.
Most of the seagulls seem to have already migrated south but there are a few that are still hanging around on the lake.  They were here in large groups a couple weeks ago.  And as usual they were very loud.  Maybe not as loud as they are in the spring but loud none the less.
Soon all of them will be forced of the lake as we enter the 'quiet season'.
In only a couple more weeks, the lake will freeze over and none of our waterfowl will be around until next spring.
I promised that I would tell you more about our trips up north and I will try to do that in the next couple weeks.
But tonight I just wanted to give you a heads up on several places where I will be doing presentations on loons that are open to the public.
1.  Ramsey, MN Seniors   Noon  Thursday, November 17, 2011
2.  National Eagle Center  Wabasha, MN  Sunday afternoon, April 1, 2012
3.  Sandhill Center for the Arts  Bethel, MN  11am  Tuesday, April 17, 2012
If you are anywhere near any of these public presentations, it would be fun to see you.
I know several of you were able to make it to the National Eagle Center last year and it was so great to be able to put a face with a name.  If you were not able to make it this year, I hope that maybe you can make it next spring.  This is a beautiful time of year along the Mississippi River as the ice goes out and the eagles are fishing in the river.  Wabasha, MN is the picturesque little townon the banks of the Mississippi that was the setting for the Grumpy Old Men movies!
Hopefully I will see you at one of these presentations.  Bring a friend.