Sep 26, 2010
Weekend of survival
The next morning the dogs had me up just before sunrise as the need for them to go outside and do their business forced me to get up before I was willing to. As i was outside waiting for them to finish I could here the distinct sounds of ducks on the lake so once they were done I made a cup of coffee and down to the lake I went to watch the sunrise and hopefully learn a little something from the ducks. Well I did get to enjoy a beautiful sunrise as the fog was drifting across the lake but just as the previous day I got an opportunity to watch the day to day grind of survival of the local wildlife. I noticed many fish not just rising to the surface but jumping clear out of the water. This lake is stocked with trout and has a healthy population of bass and soem panfish. Now I couldn't tell if these fish were feeding themselves, which I'm sure most were but the ones that were coming completely out of the water had me guessing. Were they feeding, fleeing or even trying to impress the misses for the fall breeding season. I never did get to determine which it was but it was still fun to watch a fish jump 12 to 14 inches clean out of the water and perform some sort of acrobatic spin and then back in.
While I was enjoying the fish jumping I noticed one of the local Osprey circling above looking for a morning meal and as I was watching him I would catch myself pointing out the tell tale rise of a fish as if I was directing the osprey. I had to laugh at myself for that one. It didn't take that osprey long to catch his breakfast and off across the lake he went. Not long after that I watched a single duck drop it. I didn't' have my binos with me but it sure looked like a Merganser and soon enough it too was diving under the surface trying to find it's own breakfast. A few dives later I watched another Merganser drop in and start its drive for survival. And finally those ducks I heard quaking early which were responsible for me being down at the lake to witness all this started to come across the lake and feed. An hour later I decided, well I need to head to the hardware store so maybe I should leave now and stop up at the swamp for a short duck scouting mission.
Sunday evening as I was preparing for the start of another week of the daily grind I couldn't help but reflect back on the weekend of survival that I witnessed and was very thankful for it and I am sure I will be reflecting back on it often as I fight through the day to day survival issues that we all face.