Critters

Some of us enjoy interacting with local critters…..please post your pics for others to see…. Enjoy

See..our factorite bug..the Dragonfly exiting its exoskeleton… a marvel of nature..

Try not to scrape the Bryozoans colony (yellow mess below) off you docks or pipe.   This colony only thrives in healthy water.   Google top find out more.

Crane pictures (I think it is a Crane) She spent a good amount of time here the other day…makes very rare stops…. but I  ……only get shots through the screen…   I erred on a perfect opportunity recently on my south shore….ugggg Enjoy

NOTE…I do not recommend feeding squirrels…we only help out Mrs Stubby..the local tailless squirrel.    Stop feeding chipmunks peanuts mid summer.  Shell  peanuts will rot by midwinter chipmunk starves

Deer Sleeping in Muskoka

 

Crappie Death

UPDATE:…: Question about dead fish…I asked if someone could to send me a picture….I got a picture of one of a ..batch…of one Crappie eaten by Turkey Vulture (TV only eat dead stuff) makes sense. Further ….Steve of MNRF suggested early on it was: “shed exoskeletons of emerging mayflies. It is the time of year that I usually get a few inquiries. There are many species but the most conspicuous are the large ones that burrow in the lake sediments as larvae then emerge into the air as adults. The shed skins are translucent and flaccid. The three tail filaments are often visible”. Subsequent ..MNRF was at the site and the owner confirmed it was as Steve suggested….This is very common ..we have many at this end of the lake as well…..end of story……my mistake was…I should have sent the below picture

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jennie Jones put a FB Brandy post (thank you) of a massive amount of dead fish…we further received a picture of a half eaten one (by a Turkey Vulture)… picture from Marni Tols.     The fish seemed to be all one make.

Contacted Christy Doyle of MNRF (she has helped BL in the past)  who further got  us in touch with scientist  Steve Scholten of MNRF.   After some back and forth he determined it was a Crappie.   Steve indicated  that first ….it is an illegal fish in this area.    The deaths were a ..specific fish..Crappie…Steve did not see it as a concern and indicated it was a “bad event” day for that specific fish..The water was very warm.

If we have another “event” he would like us grab and freeze one and get it to him for lab testing.   Picture is of a Black Crappie…

 

Kids Counsellor or Playmate

We have a request  from a fine cottager near the narrows…please consider ..they are nice folks.  You can reply private or public

“Hi there – I was wondering, is it possible to ask if anyone on the lake has older kids who are interested in being a counsellor for our kids some of the summer or any kids on the lake looking for playmates”

Picture is just for attention

Summer Phosphorous Results

Thank you to the Lake Partner Program. 

Find Phosphorous Level link mid way down

I get a kit early spring to do a monthly phosphorous test on Brandy Lake ..Here are the results.  Note lakes withy tannin usually have higher phosphorous  than lakes without.   This is free…data

The link is massive….you can see several years of data from Brandy Lake Muskoka.   We are line number 3133.  I am not sure where FOCA get the 2nd data from.

Last year are numbers were:

May – 25.8 ug/l (Micrograms per Liter)

June  – 30.8

July – 25.8

Aug  – 36

Sept – 28

There is a test online showing Nov. 41.4