Tuesday, March 27, 2017 12:27 am CDT

32 degrees F   Partly Cloudy   Wind Calm

Sunrise  7:00 am CDT    Sunset  7:36 pm CDT


The ice is finally going out of the lake.

This last Saturday, March 25 is probably the "official ice out date".

This is the second ice out date since the ice went out on March 8th but then refroze.  It has been a strange spring to have this happen, especially the way it happened.

In the spring, the ice usually melts around the edges of the lake long before the ice goes out.  This year, the ice went out because of high winds but the lake remained frozen up to the edges.

Even with the ice going out of the lake on Saturday, it has still been right up to shore here on the loon's side of the lake.

So there is nothing I can do about putting the nest in the water yet.

But it was 61 degrees today and that remaining ice was turning to mush and the slight wind or wave action will take it out very soon.

I keep watching but so far I have not seen any loons.

There are thousands of raucus seagulls on the lake for the last week as they migrate north.  Even now in the middle of the night the sound is almost deafening from the seagulls.

There also have been a couple dozen mergansers and other waterfowl moving through on their journey north.  Even a couple pair of beautiful swans.

But right now, all we can do is wait.

Mother Nature works on her own schedule.

And we have no control over it.

But hopefully soon we will start seeing loons!


Copyright 2017  Larry R Backlund