Jerry Ball and I watched the Lake Katchewanooka Bald Eagles feeding their two eaglets today. The eaglets appeared to still be all white and quite small, maybe Rock Pigeon size. We also recorded 8 Greater Yellowlegs in a vernal pond just north of Young’s Point and at least 20 Mourning Cloak butterflies in various locations around Lakefield. Apart from two Northern Rough-winged Swallows, a Barn Swallow, and two Tree Swallows on the River, we saw only two other swallows all day. The absence of swallows so far this spring is quite worrisome. Chorus Frogs, however, seemed as common as ever and were heard calling from numerous locations. As for plants, Coltsfoot was in bloom along roadsides in various locations. Elms, Red Maples, Silver Maples, Trembling Aspens, Speckled Alder and White Birch are in full flower right now. Clear Lake appeared 95% free of ice today. Only a few ducks and loons were still lingering here. The temperature today hit 28C!
Location: various locations near Lakefield
Observer: Drew Monkman