It appears that winter is slowly loosing it hold on the lake. This weekend the last ice- fishing house was taken off and you can now see a little open water at the shore line. Ice-out probably won’t be for another couple of weeks.
There is still lots of snow in the shady woods however. My friend and lake neighbor Fred was taking a walk through the woods and found some interesting tracks. After a great deal of research he concluded they were fisher tracks. Fishers are part of the marten family and related to the larger wolverine. Fishers are considered to be quite carnivorous, favoring snowshoe hares as well as squirrels, mice, shrews, voles, birds, fruits like berries, and ferns. They are fascinating to see but pretty vicious and better avoided.
I have been keeping an eye on our eagles. I walked out on the ice about two weeks ago and there was no sign of the adults on the nest (in the tree right over the boat house.)
While I do see the adults most days it’s hard to know if they are incubating eggs this year since I can’t directly see the nest from the Inn. The BioDiversity Research Institute in Gorham Maine has an eagle cam focused on a nest. While they have not yet laid eggs it is amazing to watch them up close. You can check it out here.
As Spring marches on we’ll be listen for the sound of returning loons!