Fishing Rules

June 17, 2019 - view of Lake Tamarack from the dam

June 17, 2019 – view of Lake Tamarack from the dam

New signs, reflecting the amended Lake & Wildlife Rules approved by the Board last September, are now in place around Lake Tamarack.  The lake was restocked last month with 10,000 small bream as a food supply for the bass (which were reported to be overpopulated and undersized).

June 17, 2019 - revised Fishing Policy sign

June 17, 2019 – revised Fishing Policy sign

Coachwhip Trail

April 27, 2014 – wild azalea in bloom on Coachwhip Trail

Last Sunday’s post had information about a house for sale on Coachwhip Court in Bent Tree. Coachwhip Court branches off of Coachwhip Trail, which runs between Grandview Trail and South View Trail. There are currently no houses at all on Coachwhip Trail. There’s an improved waterline and nice fire hydrants, but no houses (and no power lines except for a short section off of Grandview Trail). The heavily wooded area is very pretty, and there are buildable lots. The photo above, of wild azaleas, was taken along Coachwhip Trail last spring. Click the video below (taken last week) for a golfcart ride from one end of the street to the other. The video is pixelated and bumpy, especially at the start. It’s not that easy to record using a phone while on a golfcart. It smooths out some after about 20 seconds. I might have tried to record a smoother version, but then you’d miss the deer I came upon at about the 53 second mark. Watch closely.

Slurping Algae Like Spaghetti

While watching the goldfinches in the spillway the other day (see yesterday’s post), I realized they weren’t there to drink the water. A closer look showed that all three birds were eating long strands of algae, slurping them up like spaghetti noodles. And, they were eating a lot.

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There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills

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August 31, 2014 - two males & one female goldfinch in spillway

Well…goldfinch. On Sunday morning, a male goldfinch landed in the spillway. A few minutes later, another male flew in. A few minutes after that, a female appeared.

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August 31, 2014 - male goldfinch at the spillway in Bent Tree



Luna Moth

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August 10, 2012 - luna moth in Bent Tree

The caterpillar in yesterday’s post is a luna moth caterpillar. Click here for more information on luna moths. The photo above and the photos below were taken in Bent Tree over the last few years.

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Name This Caterpillar

This caterpillar was lying motionless on its back when I came across it, yesterday. I gave it a gentle nudge to see if it was alive. It was. If you don’t know what kind it is, check back tomorrow for the answer. Click twice on the first photo below to zoom in and get a really good look.

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September 1, 2014 - caterpillar on its back in Bent Tree

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September 1, 2014 - caterpillar right side up

Black Bear and Whitetail Deer

A couple of days ago, a big black bear was walking through the woods in Bent Tree, flipping logs and looking for food. A healthy looking doe was between the camera and the bear (see pictures below), and the doe sure seemed to think the bear was a predator. The deer stopped in its tracks, watched the bear for about 10 seconds, then bolted away. It was pretty amazing to watch.
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Need a New Wheel That Will Keep on Turning

The water wheel on Hole #3 is all cattywampus and not turning. After several short-lived repairs over the last couple of years (click here for a previous post), the consensus is that it is time for a brand new wheel. The Bent Tree Men’s Golf Association is donating a sizable portion of the needed funds. Others wishing to donate may do so in the Pro Shop.

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August 29, 2014 - Water is hitting the wheel, but the wheel is not turning


Blue Heron Hangout

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August 28, 2014 - heron flying across Lake Tamarack

Wednesday’s post was about the silt buildup that is being removed from Lake Tamarack near the beach. It showed a photo from August 1st of the area. Something was in front of the log in the photo. The photo below shows a closer view of that something. Since the flood last summer, the area has become one of the blue heron’s favorite spots. Note – the photo above, of the heron flying across Lake Tamarack, was taken yesterday.

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August 1, 2014 - Blue heron at the silt island in Lake Tamarack