Notes from the Island
Most Spring flowers have faded, but the Solomon's Seal and
the multiflora rose continue to bloom. The trees we planted survived
a recent minor flood and a couple of the sycamores are still growing
even though beavers have nibbled off the tips. Many thanks to Marty
Burgess and her youngsters for wrapping trees with chicken wire.
The Canada geese have their goslings which are turning
grayer ever day. I expect a major goose migration within the next
month, so if your kids like to collect feathers June is the time to
come down. The mallards and wood ducks also have little ducklings
which skitter around the canal and hide out in the swampy areas. I
saw my first scarlet tanagers this year, a male and a female. The
Island has also had several orioles and cedar waxwings.
As the weather warms, the reptiles appear. Water snakes
tend to hang out by the river bank although we have one large one
that likes the woodpile out behind the house. Several people have
seen our black snakes which seem to have little fear of human beings
and when the snakes are not slithering through the lawn, they can be
seen climbing trees looking for bird's nests. Of course, the canal is
filled with turtles sunning themselves on logs.
Our former president Tryon Wells was back for a quick visit
and he and Doc Taliaferro paddled the swim float out and anchored it.
As I mentioned before Al Brown has repaired the ladders on both
floats. And the inner tubes are all pumped up and available down by
the swimming area.
Wayne Coy was gracious enough to buy a game of horseshoes
for the Club. We set up the stakes down by the canoe shed and hung
up the horseshoes on one of the supports for the racks. Please feel
free to use them any time.
-- Peter Jones, Sycamore Island Caretaker