JULY

Great to see many on the lake… having fun through 95% of July until cold moved in…… .,         ,,,is it fall again…

Seemed like an  abnormally  wet July 2020 with 108.8 mm of rain.   2019…  20 mm   2018  had 83.4 mm .   June even had 143 mm  according to  stats.  Did I read it wrong?

Had a few warm days,,34 C, ish,,,,however 1978 it was 37.2.  HOT... Don’t like the heat… good thing not  cottaging in southern USA probably  tickin under 40C most days,

Good nights sleep at 11C..

Lake level is close to its normal level (You can verify this as it is just under shore  tree line..the last line of defence…(not cypress trees, they don’t grow up here).   So….Brandy Lake has had several external events over several decades…that have caused flood levels….if a cottager happen to move here during one of the events…..you would assume this is low.

For many years, the entire 5 ish meters of flat rock underneath this point was  …..a hang out.   It changed when  the 118 bridge was moved and the engineers raised the  base  or bottom ..under the bridge….higher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://muskoka.weatherstats.ca/charts/precipitation-monthly.html

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…

 

Rental Request

Three couples would like to  rent a cottage August 1st to 4th.     The request is from a reputable cottager asking for friends

You can replay private or public.   Try the form below..if you don’t get an answer reply to this post

Picture is for attention

Picture thanks to Brandy Lake resident and friends..