Notes from the Island
In June heavy rains and thunderstorms caused the river to
rise and fall. The Club was closed off and on and several large
parties were postponed. The Potomac has been too muddy and the
current has been too strong for pleasant swimming or successful
fishing. However, the Island itself suffered no real damage.
Flocks of Canada geese have been stopping to munch on our
lawn before heading upriver. I counted over sixty this afternoon
including the goslings which are almost grown. There are still wood
ducks and mallards with their ducklings in the area.
The rough-winged swallows are returning to perch on the
ferry lines. Occasionally I see a night heron flying down the canal
or across the slough. All the birds seem to like the ripe mulberries.
The foliage has grown back covering the scars left by
January's flood. The daylilies are blooming and some of them appear
to have migrated during the high water. There are also some wild
roses still flowering.
John Matthews has done a wonderful job building temporary
canoe racks and preparing for the new canoe shed, whatever that may
be. The electricians were down and fixed the lights by the bridge
over the canal and installed new lighting on the walkway near the
ferry landing. It should be a pleasant surprise for those who attend
the July meeting.
With a little luck the rains should stop, the river level
should drop and we can get back to swimming and fishing. However, if
the thunderstorms continue, you might want to call to make sure the
Club is open before you come down.
-- Peter Jones, Sycamore Island Caretaker