Notes from the Island
The Island flooded in April. The water rose to 9-10 feet,
almost to the canoe shed. The river has subsided and now there are
prints of geese, sandpipers, raccoons and beavers in the deposited
mud and silt.
It was painful but I did mow the fading bluebells, star of
bethlehem, trout lilies, and violets in the lawn. Now the air smells
of garlic and cut grass.
There is a nice wildflower patch near the swim float and
volleyball court. The beavers have removed some of the trees, which
allows more light to get through. The daffodils and bluebells have
passed, but the wild blue phlox, golden alexander and golden ragwort
are in full bloom.
Holly and I are getting hummingbirds and goldfinches at the
feeders. Margaret Herring says the orioles have returned to
Brookmont. A white domestic duck appeared after the flood and was
trying unsuccessfully to make friends with our geese. Maybe it will
stick around for awhile.
Before the flood the Canada geese had started their nests
on the small islands nearby. However, the rising water interrupted
their plans and I don't know how this will affect the 1992 birthrate.
I imagine geese have dealt with Spring flooding before and they'll cope
We had a pleasant Workfest and now the Island looks nice.
We're almost ready for the new season. The plumbing has been turned
back on, but the filter broke and the water is not potable at the
Please come and enjoy the Island, but remember that May and
June tend to be large party months. You might want to check the
calendar or give a call before you come.
-- Peter Jones, Sycamore Island Caretaker