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Adventures with ducks, Masons and Scoop Baker

This week has been a bit snowy since Saturday night. On the water, we had a large group of 60 to 70 Redheads reappear, or perhaps they were a new group that came south in anticipation of the new cold front. Sunday there was a group of 12 Mergansers, mostly males, diving and zipping along.

By Wednesday, more than 100 Redheads appeared at sun up. There were about a dozen Common Mergansers with the flight. I have been told that there is a perch bed off shore and they may be feasting on perch minnows. There is no unusual amount of vegetation growth to attract such a large crowd.

Eagles eyed

I have not seen any eagles myself, but I have been told of three sightings in the last week - one from the south end of Bentley Cove near Greenfield Lane, one from TOPS parking lot, and lastly on the east shore in the Pork Street area. In November, there were lots of eagles on the western shore of Otisco Lake. They were fishing and harassing ducks.

I have also been told that there is a nesting pair in the uninhabited cliffy area at the south end of the lake and I have had continuous reports of eagles taking fish from Borodino Landing south throughout the summer and fall.

Lodge Meeting on Middle Ages

Last week I went to Lodge Hall 522 of the F&AM for a presentation by Mr. Thomas M. Savini, the director of the Livingston Masonic Library in New York City.

He brought exact duplicates of the "Processus Contra Templarios," which are transcripts of the Vatican's case against the Knights Templar. The content of the case has been hyped by several movies and novels, notably "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown.

This was very interesting, as most of the 65 people present knew very little about the history of the Middle Ages. It was also explained that "Free Masonry" evolved from the Mason Craft Guilds and Savini confirmed that there is no connection between the Free and Accepted Masons and the Knights Templar.

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