First of all, there was an email glitch when we sent out the August newsletter. If you didn't receive it, please go to our website to view it: www.CitrusCountyAudubon.org. In fact, if you have missed any of the newsletters and would like to read them, they are archived on the website under "about CCAS".
Friends of Crystal River Wildlife Refuge is hosting the annual Birding & Breakfast event on Saturday, Nov. 12th. They are looking for a few of us to join them as tour guides and then stay for breakfast. If interested, please respond to: President@CitrusCountyAudubon.org. Please also send us an email if you have or know of any place we could store a few things (put "storage" on the subject line). We would prefer not to rent a storage unit as that would be quite costly for our chapter.
Continuing in the vein of sharing summer experiences, Libby Cagle reported that in all her world travels, she has never seen so many birds in one place as her June trip to Newfoundland, Canada. There were a good 100,000 Atlantic Puffins along with Razor-billed Auks, Black-legged Kittiwakes and Northern Gannets nesting on one island off of Trinity.
Susan Pratt summers in New Hampshire, where every lake wants to have their own pair of loons and hear those wonderfully haunting calls. Mating pairs stay together for many years, returning to the same lake every year. Her lake, Eastman Lake, had one pair that for almost 10 years produced 2 healthy chicks every year, which is rare. Loons traditionally produce two eggs and usually only one egg hatches. If two hatch, the parents normally feed the most aggressive chick and the other dies. The chicks grow to adulthood during summer and fall. The parents then leave for the coast, spending winter on the ocean. The young loons are left to fly on their own to the coast, usually in a group at the end of October. They will spend the next four years visiting lakes and looking for a mate.
Stay tuned for tales from Alaska in the next issue
Sue Albertson, Newsletter Editor Contributors: Libby Cagle, Susan Pratt
Citrus County Audubon PO Box 527 Lecanto, FL 34460