I wrote MAM's musings weekly for almost 10 years. I began it with the Silver City Sun-News. When the editor who had taken on the column left the paper, I offered it to the Silver City Daily Press, and the editor, Richard Correa, grabbed it. Since early 2001, it appeared every Friday in the Daily Press, with the exception of two times that I recall. I'll update it as new sightings happen, so check regularly.
So MAM's musings has been re-created as Just Call Me MAM with a similar topic and musings about the outdors.
It comprises my observations and my opinion.
[Editor's Note: A followup on the previous guest post.]
Last night I was dodging boat traffic and riding boat wakes to watch the
loons feeding their fast-growing chicks. While the slightly bigger chick
was swallowing a bass caught by the father loon, the mother loon surfaced with a sunfish for the other chick.
The loon chicks at Paradox Lake are growing very fast and are now about 2 weeks old. The parents catch so many minnows and small sunfish that the chicks are stuffed and often refuse the fish. I have never seen loons catch so much prey as quickly as I saw the Paradox pair do today.
The loon pair is quite tolerant of canoes and photographers, but the trick is to find the loon family. Today they spent most of the day not far from our shore, and I spent several hours early this morning watching them. They are still there tonight. However, on July 5 and 6 they were nowhere to be seen or heard from our shoreline, and the lake is good sized. I am so glad that this first pair of chicks in 36 years of my visiting Paradox are thriving and have survived the July 4th holiday boat traffic. There was an immature bald eagle watching the loon family from a tall pine on the big island on July 3, but fortunately it left without a lunch of loon.
I so hope that they continue to do well and that I will be watching the chicks learn to fly at the end of summer.
Photo Courtesy of Alison Trombly
I must admit I was a wee bit envious of this photo, for two reasons. One, bird photography is not my forte, although I love to watch birds but catching that perfect photo is not something I've mastered.
Photos and essay by Mary Alice Murphy
With the celestial happenings this week, I was pleased that we live in a climate that has lots of cloudless nights, when an exciting event, like a rare triple event of the supermoon, blue moon and lunar eclipse happen, at the same time. And it was on full view here.
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