Around midday I found out that our friends on Harbour Street needed help with the never ending "flooding in Brighton" saga.
With the lake still rising and strong waves, sandbag walls were breached.
What I learned today:
1) Sandbag walls should not be built as one row, they will collapse as the walls need to handle the wave activities and rising water for weeks.
2) Great people are sandbagging and building sandbag walls, without any personal benefit or return, except that they are helping strangers protecting their house.
3) It's worst than I thought and if the lake is still rising and winds getting stronger, more community members are needed to step up. Many seniors living in these houses can't do it by themselves.
4) How to help with sandbagging? Show up, team up, fill up!
I went to have a look at Gosport today. Municipality has brought sand and sandbags to the Gosport parking lot and people were surrounding their houses with them. Some places are flooded badly, hopefully the wind and rain will stay away.
Piping Plover #072 has arrived to a very wet Presqu'ile Beach. #072 is the male Plover who nested on Presqu'ile Beach last year when, after a 100 year hiatus, Presqu'ile saw 3 Piping Plover chicks on their beach during the summer of 2016.
It is more important than ever that people keep their dogs off the beach at this time.
Audrey was able to visit North Captiva Island on March 28th and #238 was still present among a flock of 27 Piping Plovers, mostly Great Plains PIPL, with a few Great Lakes ones.
Among the Great Lakes was Wasaga Beach Piping Plover #112, hatched in 2016. For more info about #112 https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1872531629685533&id=1493556517583048
David Jones, who visited on March 16th North Captiva Island, has taken many pictures of #238. A funny sequence is when #238 sneaks up to another PIPL and surprises it. Here is a link to the photos.
The photos attached are Audrey's from March 28th. Thanks Audrey for the photos, the information and keeping us posted.
Will be interesting to see if #238 and siblings will return to Presqu'ile Beach this spring.
March 2017 has been the month of the Owls in our Municipality. One day, within a few hours, I spotted 5 owls; 2 barred, 1 Snowy and 2 Great Grays.
GREAT GRAY OWLS inhabit the Boreal Forest. They come south in search of food, but it is not a yearly event to see them in Brighton.
In the past month we had at least 4 Great Grays hanging around our town. None, that I know of, have been seen in Brighton since the end of March.
I saw them last in a field in Colborne.
Anne McPherson was able to take one photo of 2 Great Gray Owls in it, one on the fence post, the other sitting behind it in the field. She only realized it when she checked her photos that evening.
Cindy Conlin a local photographer captured some wonderful pictures of the Great Gray Owl in flight. They can be viewed on her FB page.
Leslie Abram, a local blogger and photographer, wrote an interesting article about photography and ethical questions. Her photos are also amazing, a favorite is when the owl looks up to the crows.
For more info about the Great Gray Owl visit:
SNOWY OWLS visit Brighton every winter. This winter they were only seen sporadically, but right before spring, one started hanging out on the beach. His favorite spot seemed to be the Presqu'ile beach equipment.
For more info about the Snowy Owl visit:
BARRED OWLS can be detected in Brighton year round. Not sure if it was because of the Great Grays or because we were paying more attention, the Barred Owls seemed to be observed more frequently in the past month.
For more info about the Barred Owl visit:
It has been an interesting experience, mostly positive but not everything.
A Great Gray was hit by a vehicle. The Great Grays were hunting on the side of the road without paying attention to cars. When they leave their perch they dive and often fly low to the next location, it wasn't surprising it happened, but it placed a cloud over the experience.
Witnessing the change in the Snowy when a dog walked on the beach (most times without a leash), made it undeniable, with the situation as is, it will be a matter of time, before we will stop seeing a Snowy (and other migratory birds) hanging out for weeks on Presqu'ile Beach.
I don't think I will ever again witness such an abundance of owls.
It has been an amazing month.
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