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..

And Then There Were Two

If this barrel is yours , the property owner is asking to please pick it up from the ..NARROWS…North side.     Thank you.

We are in difficult times….if you staying isolated ..and this barrel is yours ..please respond… to this post and we will go from there..

The white barrel is still waiting for its owner as well

Look….we all share the ..COMMON ELEMENT ,,,Brandy lake.

Everyone of us should consider being responsible for her health and beauty.

I have had my bay filled with sawdust…picked up floating beer can boats.    Lumber with nail or screws sticking out..?????

Cottagers at the far west end are constantly picking up floating  garbage.

Work together ..keep Brandy Lake ..nice…she is…..our common Front Yard. 

 

 

Crappie… CRAP

It is possible others have seen the new “Crappie” fish to invade Brandy Lake….I saw my first one yesterday May 17 out front…hooked by a proud fisherman..

To me..it looked like a Sunfish on steroids.   It is considered an invasive species as it reproduces quickly and compete with walleye for food. They are voracious eaters.

Get this ..the MNR , in about 2012 stocked three lakes in Muskoka .namely…Prospect Lake, near Vankoughnet, and Morrison and Muldrew lakes in Gravenhurst.  Why did they……to improve the fish eco system..giving fisherman more types fish to catch in winter???

I think the last thing that messed up this area..was when they  dumped zillions of huge black looking flies to eat the caterpillars…that was a great summer..waves of flies so big almost knocked us off our docks!

So this is my personal opinion …WHAT WERE THEY THINKING…..you can’t change one thing in nature (or racing) with out affecting another.    Our poor Walleye (and ducks) have already been heavily impacted by vicious Pike.. ..

Pike were introduced in about the last two decades..,,(most likely bait release)

So…Crappie will be under your docks and dark places usually in big schools.   They taste good ..so catch lots of the 25 CM thieves .

Invasive Species

Black Crappie