Good news! One of the early signs of spring is the return of the ospreys. On March 23rd, both the male and female ospreys were seen on the nest at the State Park. They left the lake last September and spent the winter on the coast of South America or the Caribbean Islands. They are returning to the nest built on a platform resting on a pole, near the R-16 channel marker behind the Discovery Center.
Water temp high 50s - low 60s
What a great sense of freedom we get from being on the water. In most cases it seems that the destination is secondary,.. it's all about the journey. Ah, the motion, the breeze, the sun, the friends aboard. We see no hazards so no need to wear a life jacket. Oops, that's where we go wrong.
Water temp mid to high 40s
The Franklin County Board of Supervisors recently approved the appropriation of an additional $2,500 to fund the county’s Coyote Bounty program for the remainder of the fiscal year. The program provides a $35 bounty for each coyote killed in the county.
Smith Mountain Lake residents with a hankering for wild game accompanied by a generous serving of the Gospel are invited to bring a favorite dish to share to Goodview Outdoors Ministry’s annual Wild Game Dinner on March 14. The event will be held at the Simmons Auction Barn, 1191 Horseshoe Bend Rd. in Moneta. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., with the dinner at 6 p.m.
Vickie Millar took this photograph of two Eastern Bluebirds on her deck recently. They were working together to chase other birds off the feeder. One male would fly at the feeder scaring away feeding birds. The second bluebird would then land on the feeder and eat. He would leave and the first bluebird would then take his turn. Very good teamwork for what are supposed to be territorial competitive birds.
Deer are quick and skillful swimmers, often taking to the water when frightened. Deer can easily swim across lakes and rivers at over 10 miles an hour, according to Huntstats.com. Swimming deer have been reported all over the United States, from California to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, as well as miles out into the Gulf of Mexico and in Lake Michigan just beyond the skyscrapers of Cleveland, Ohio.