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Along the Lakeshore: Yacking geese; high power bill

The ax fell in the form of the National Grid bill. It was $405 for electricity, the highest I have ever received. If this expenditure has prevented any falls which might have resulted in broken or bruised bodies, it is cheap enough. I also think the water agitation around the docks and beach has prevented costly waterfront damage.

The yard light at the top of Fire Lane 17 normally costs $16 to $22, depending on the length of the days. The bill for the last period was $30. The kilowatt-per-hour cost (if you take the total kilowatts divided into the total cost) comes to just about 30 cents per kilowatt hour. Normally it is 15 to 16 cents per kilowatt hour.

I have previously reported that a mature bald eagle took a duck for lunch. Last Saturday, with lots of Canada geese as well as a few ducks in the pond, a pair of eagles showed up. One was all black and the other had a white head. The last time the eagle showed up, all the waterfowl took a powder. This last Saturday with 300 or 400 geese and a few ducks in the pond, they all snuggled together against the west shore under the overhanging trees. Three quarters of the pond was open water. About half an hour later, the eagles departed.

I think a goose is too big to pluck out of the water and to carry away. I do not know for sure, but I think the geese would flock to attack and I don’t think the eagle would look forward to duking it out with a bunch of geese bopping him with a good-sized head at the end of a long neck.

I have frequently been asked about the last time the lake was completely frozen and when the ice will probably break up. I don’t know the answers, but if anyone has any records regarding the ice coverage of the lake and when the ice went out, just give me a call and I’ll pass the information along.

Joseph Spalding is a long-time Skaneateles resident who enjoys sharing his observations about the Skaneateles lakeshore and community. He can be reached at 685-6937.

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