Winchester, Virginia

What is Happening at Lake Frederick?

 

We have been kayaking the waters of Lake Frederick for 4 years.  As one of our favorite places to check on local bird activity, we find a diverse cross-section of birds found in the forest, water and common varieties found in your backyard.  Peaceful, serene and abundant with wildlife, it is an excellent area to enjoy the bird watching hobby in this area.  We never know what will await us around the next bend in the lake, or what we will hear up in the trees.  So the next time you see our truck in the parking, you can be sure we are kayaking the fingers and coves of Lake Frederick checking on the local and migrating fauna.  Dolores and Bruce

 

July 3, Saturday Evening.  Hot day and hot night once again watching as the evening sun slips into the trees.  But the shoreline was active along the middle peninsula, with does and their fawns, raccoons, and many families of geese making their way inland for the evening.  Their walking through the woods sounded like a ghost army in the shadows.  While the sun was still lighting our way we did chance upon Cedar Waxwings in the pines.  However, the prize of the evening was when we sighted a Yellow-billed Cuckoo while slowly drifting in one of the coves.  It was bouncing from tree branch to tree branch watching us intently and trying to stay hidden.  We paddled home in the dark as bats circled and dove around us catching the insects that were flying away from our kayak.

 

 

May 4, Tuesday Evening.  We got a late start and ended up watching the sun dip into the west at the beginning of our trip.  Most songbrds were settling in for the night but we enjoyed watching several families of Canada Geese as they swam close to the shoreline wth their goslings swimming fast to keep up.  We did have a small group of Killdeer fly overhead breaking the silence with their loud and insistant "kill-deeah" cries. At the end of the trip Tree Swallows buzzed the lake infront and behind us in search of that last meal for the day. The black locust was in bloom offering a very pleasant smell to the lake shoreline and the wild azalea's bloom added a splash of pink color to the darkening woods. Short trip but well worth the effort. 

 

March 23, Tuesday evening,  A special thanks to the Shenandoah HOA members who sat through my Ruby-throated Hummingbird presentation.  Get ready as the hummers will be here in a few weeks! 

 

March 21, Sunday morning:  Early kayaking paid off as we caught the activity of many Black-and-white Warblers at the far end of the lake scampering up tree trunks and through the branches on their northern migration. Even though we did not see them, the song of the Catbirds cut through the morning air, while the pounding of woodpeckers were abundant throughout the oak woodland.  Overhead, a Red-tail hawk glided in slow circular patterns.  Canada Geese were everywhere to be found proclaiming their presence with loud honking.   A lone Cormorant swam in the center of the lake, while a Great Blue heron poised at the end of one of the watery fingers slowly waded through the shallow waters.   A Beaver was active at the far northern finger were it was obvious he was still feasting on the bark of down branches.  And towards the end of the morning we played at  trying the "catch the turtle", actually succeeding in grabbing a sunning Eastern Painted Turtle before it she was able to swim away.  All told, it was a beautiful Sunday morning.

 

Eastern Painted Turtle, Spring 2010

Great Blue Herron, Spring 2010

  

Whitetail Fawn, Spring 2009

 

Cedar Waxwings, Spring 2009