Along the Lakeshore: The city water system; an eagle on the lake

Budweiser is made with water from Lake Ontario. The beer would probably taste better if it were made with virgin Skaneateles Lake water and the in-house water treatment costs would perhaps be less. So much for pontification.

The sun has done great things for Fire Lane 17. Folks don’t have to cross themselves and leave word that they are going to Joe’s roost, so if they don’t return they are probably stuck. I’ve been stuck several times myself and have had to be extricated with the big green machine.

The ducks in my ice hole have been continuing as reported in the past. Saturday there were about 150 of them.

Sue’s rehab therapist asked if she was looking at an eagle out on the ice. The ducks became aware of the eagle and that was the end of the copious ducks outside my picture window. About an hour later Mr. eagle was pulling out feathers from his duck. I opened a thermal shade to get a better picture, which caused the bird and his meal to depart.

Since then, there have been a few buffleheads and an occasional lone redhead. I imagine a mallard sitting on the ice is the proverbial “sitting duck” for an eagle and a nice big meal as well.

Nurse Joe reports that Sue is making good progress on the rehabilitation of her knee. If her new one is as good as mine are, she will realize that the results are well worth the aggravation and pain.

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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