Notes from the Island
Spring came early this year. The Virginia bluebells, Spring
beauties, and violets cover the lawn. In the woods you can find
toothwort, trout lilies, toadshade, golden ragwort, star chickweed, ground
ivy, lesser celandine, star of bethlehem, fiddleheads, squirrel corn, and
The weather has been blowing hot and cold. When it was warm I saw
painted turtles basking on logs in the northeast swamp and I found a
garter snake down near the ferry. However, I haven't seen any reptiles
since the cold weather set in.
On one of the warm days when the river was clear, I saw lots of fish
swimming in the shallow water above Rupperts. However, few of our
intrepid anglers have actually caught anything yet. I suppose the Potomac
has to warm up a bit first. I also heard that this year there is a season
for smallmouth bass, and you can't keep any until after June 15th.
The wood ducks are back and they're starting to nest in the trees. I
haven't actually found a nest yet, but you can see them perched high up in
the branches of the Sycamores.
The great blue heron have also returned. I saw a couple up around
Minnie's Island last week. I also spotted an osprey up on Ruppert's.
The beaver are getting more active. They're chomping away at the
trees and splashing about in the water in the evening.
We had a good third Saturday session last month. We filled the hole
in the men's locker room and Gerry Barton did an excellent job laying down
the brick floor. Bob Black and I planted grass seed in back of the
clubhouse where we had dug up the plumbing. Al Brown raked up at the top
of the walkway. Unfortunately, it started to pour by mid-morning and we
had to finish early.
By the time you receive this, Charlie Trammell the Younger and I will
have turned the water back on in the rest of the house. With a little
luck, the pipes won't freeze.
Both the Workfest and the Potomac White Water Race are happening soon.
Be sure to come down and see the bluebells before I'm compelled to mow the
Also, remember that it often floods this time of year and that the
Club closes when the river level at Little Falls reaches five or six feet.
You might want to call the Island before coming down or you can call the
new river level recording at 260-0305.
-- Peter Jones, Sycamore Island Caretaker