Weekend Waterview: Boating, Osprey Nests and Dog Days of Summer

Weekend Waterview Lake Norman #lake #pontoon #LKN #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Happy Sunday!

Here’s a weekend waterview from Lake Norman.

Lola and Sophie on pontoon and Dog Days of Summer #boatingwithdogs #bichonfrise #lake #pontoon #LKN #osprey #nests #summer #usaflag #redwhiteandblue ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

It’s the Dog Days of Summer!

Weather July Lake Norman NC

We refer to the uncomfortably hot, sultry days of summer as the ‘Dog Days’ of Summer.

The origin of that phrase has its roots in astronomy.

Lola on pontoon looking for shade #boatingwithdogs #bichonfrise #lake #pontoon #LKN #osprey #nests #summer #usaflag #redwhiteandblue ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

The ‘Dog Days’ are the period following the heliacal rising of the star system Sirius,

the Dog Star, typically between July 3rd and August 11th.

Sirius is part of the constellation Canis Majoris—the “Greater Dog”—which is where Sirius

gets its canine nickname, as well as its official name, Alpha Canis Majoris.

Lola and Sophie on pontoon and Dog Days of Summer #boatingwithdogs #bichonfrise #lake #pontoon #LKN #osprey #nests #summer #usaflag #redwhiteandblue ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

The name “Sirius” stems from Ancient Greek seírios, meaning “scorching.”

Greek and Roman astrology associated the Dog Days with heat, drought,

sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck.

Lola and Sophie on pontoon and Dog Days of Summer #boatingwithdogs #bichonfrise #lake #pontoon #LKN #osprey #nests #summer #usaflag #redwhiteandblue ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

No bad luck ( knock wood ;) or mad dogs, just uncomfortable ones,

as Lola and Sophie say it’s hot in their fur coats, even with the breeze

generated by a little speed on the pontoon!

🐾 🐾

Weekend Waterview Lake Norman #boatingwithdogs #bichonfrise #lake #pontoon #LKN #osprey #nests #summer #usaflag #redwhiteandblue ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

We enjoyed an early morning boat ride this week,

admiring the homes from the water. . .

Homes on Governors Island Lake Norman NC #lake #pontoon #LKN #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Home on Governors Island Lake Norman NC #lake #pontoon #LKN #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Beautiful home Lake Norman NC #lake #pontoon #LKN #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Weekend Waterview Lake Norman #lake #pontoon #LKN #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

This blue water view offers an illusion of ‘cool’,

as the water temperature of the lake registers

a warm 88 degrees F.

Stars and Stripes Swooper Flags and 'Roll Tide' pontoon Lake Norman #lake #pontoon #LKN #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

‘Roll Tide’ for all you Alabama fans . . .

Kick off to football season is in 34 days! 🏈

Sophie on pontoon and Dog Days of Summer #boatingwithdogs #bichonfrise #lake #pontoon #LKN #osprey #nests #summer #usaflag #redwhiteandblue ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

We always enjoy checking out the Osprey nests by boat.

Osprey return to the same nest each year around the beginning of March,

after wintering in Central and South America.

The female lays 2 to 4 eggs with incubation lasting for 4 to 5 weeks.

The female does most of the incubation but

is relieved by the male when she leaves the nest to feed.

The young remain in the nest for about 8 weeks after hatching.

Osprey nesting on channel marker Lake Norman #lake #pontoon #LKN #osprey #nests #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Osprey build their nests on man made structures . . .channel markers, power poles, nest platforms

designed especially for nesting, dock roofs and occasionally a boat.

Osprey Lake Norman #lake #pontoon #LKN #osprey #nests #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Fun fact: In flight, Ospreys’ wings form a distinct ‘M’ shape.

Ospreys were pushed to edge of extinction in the 1960s due to exposure to DDT and PCBs,

as the chemicals built up in fish they fed on and made their egg shells

so thin, they would be crushed by nesting Osprey.

Ban on chemicals in the 70s, along with Osprey conservation efforts,

have helped them to make a comeback.

Osprey nesting on channel marker Lake Norman #lake #pontoon #LKN #osprey #nests #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Almost 100 Osprey nesting platforms have been installed on Lake Norman

over the past 10 years with grant funding

from Duke Energy and the Catawba Wateree Habitat Nest Program,

by volunteers from North Carolina Wildlife Federation

and Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists.

Osprey nesting on 30 foot platform Lake Norman #lake #pontoon #LKN #osprey #nests #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

The 30-foot poles with platforms are adjacent to shorelines,

free of people and safe for navigation by boaters.

The high poles are attractive to the birds and offer eggs and chicks

protection from black snakes and raccoons.

Osprey nesting on gazebo roof Lake Norman #lake #pontoon #LKN #osprey #nests #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

We spied this nest on a gazebo roof on the lake . . .

Osprey nest on gazebo roof Lake Norman #lake #pontoon #LKN #osprey #nests #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Kudos to the Ospreys for collecting trash on the lake and lining their nest with a plastic bag . :)

Osprey nest on gazebo roof Lake Norman #lake #pontoon #LKN #osprey #nests #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Osprey nest on gazebo roof Lake Norman #lake #pontoon #LKN #osprey #nests #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

It would appear that Lake Norman with its 50-square miles

and 520 miles of shoreline could use more nesting platforms . . .

Ospreys nesting on chimney of home on Lake Norman #lake #pontoon #LKN #osprey #nests #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

We boated around the corner and spied this Osprey nest on a chimney. . .

Ospreys nesting on chimney of home on Lake Norman #lake #pontoon #LKN #osprey #nests #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

The Ospreys have great taste. . .

they chose a beautiful home with lots of curb appeal. :)

Ospreys nesting on chimney of home on Lake Norman #lake #pontoon #LKN #osprey #nests #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

I can’t help but feel a pang of sympathy for the home owners and their roof. . .

Ospreys nesting on chimney of home on Lake Norman #lake #pontoon #LKN #osprey #nests #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

{ Insert *wince* here }

Osprey nests can weigh up to 200 lbs. . .it’s gonna take some heft, fearlessness,

and scrubbing to clean that roof in September

when the Osprey migrate south.

Ospreys nesting on chimney of home on Lake Norman #lake #pontoon #LKN #osprey #nests #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Osprey are protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act,

which includes nests containing either eggs or flightless chicks.

They’ll have to put some type of deterrent on the chimney

to prevent the Osprey from building another nest next March.

Lola and Sophie on pontoon and Dog Days of Summer #boatingwithdogs #bichonfrise #lake #pontoon #LKN #osprey #nests #summer #usaflag #redwhiteandblue ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Lola and Sophie hope you’re surviving the ‘Dog Days’ of summer. . .

Lola on pontoon looking for shade #boatingwithdogs #bichonfrise #lake #pontoon #LKN #osprey #nests #summer #usaflag #redwhiteandblue ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Stay cool!

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American flag on pontoon #lake #pontoon #LKN #summer #usaflag #redwhiteandblue ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Happy Weekend. ♥

Weekend Waterview from Lake Norman and Dog Days of Summer #boatingwithdogs #bichonfrise #lake #pontoon #LKN #osprey #nests #summer #usaflag #redwhiteandblue ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Thank you for your visit!

  19 comments for “Weekend Waterview: Boating, Osprey Nests and Dog Days of Summer

  1. Rita C.
    July 30, 2023 at 6:44 am

    Oh my word! Those nests on personal property would make me insane if mine! The waterviews are always a pleasure to take in virtually, and that water temp of 88° is incredibly warm! Those Greek and Roman astrologers were spot on with their associations with dog days. We’ve had some crazy and sudden t’storms this weekend, and I check off my outdoor to-do lists before 10am, when the lethargy sets in. Have a good day and week, Mary.

  2. Ellen
    July 30, 2023 at 7:27 am

    Protected or not, I don’t think I would like all that “crap” on my home or my gazebo…a deterrent would be in order! That being said, I think it’s very nice that they have places they can have a nest but houses would be off limits! It was, all in all, a beautiful ride!!

  3. Pam
    July 30, 2023 at 7:38 am

    I would not be happy if those nests were on my chimney or my property. Yikes, 200 pounds, that is amazing. I need a boat ride to cool off. Temps in the high 90’s and no rain has made me hibernate inside with the AC. Happy Sunday, Mary and stay cool!

  4. Cindi
    July 30, 2023 at 11:06 am

    Your puppies are just so adorable! What a life they live! The nests are amazing…isn’t Mother Nature incredible? Peace.

  5. nonie hoffman
    July 30, 2023 at 12:11 pm

    What a wonderful boat trip this morning, thank you for taking me along! We also have Osprey on the Columbia River and many manmade structures for nesting.

  6. franki Parde
    July 30, 2023 at 12:18 pm

    Yep…we have eagles nesting in ours…Now, I luv eagles…but, talk about “noisy neighbors!!” And, MANY CARCASSES. I feel lucky seeing them fly by my gazebo when in my swing…like…just now!! franki

  7. Chloe
    July 30, 2023 at 1:05 pm

    Beautiful views that I appreciate you sharing. I just returned home from 104-degree Texas. Everyone there is ready for autumn to kick in, but unfortunately, there’s more summer yet to endure.

  8. July 30, 2023 at 4:02 pm

    SO LOVED THIS! Such the idyllic life, had no idea you had so many miles of shore to enjoy, I could look at houses all day long! Your temps made me smile, those would be cool days for us! I’m shocked to read 200 pound nests!!! Loved this so much, just came in early from gardening, going to Linda’s for dinner tonight and trying not to destroy myself with heat and labor, would love to just putter on your lake 😊

  9. Sue
    July 30, 2023 at 4:02 pm

    Thanks for the boat ride Mary! Lake Norman is beautiful. The Osprey are amazing but I sure don’t want them nesting on my chimney! Love seeing your sweet girls too, Happy Sunday. ❤️🐾🐾

  10. July 30, 2023 at 4:04 pm

    Oh those sweet panting faces! I heard on the radio as I was reluctantly driving back to the “city” from the beach this morning that this is the hottest July on record! Sophie and Lola need a puppy popsicle! I loved sharing your boat ride and seeing the pretty houses and osprey nests, such beautiful birds! I enjoy watching them at the beach, but luckily we’ve never had one build a nest on our house!

  11. Clara
    July 30, 2023 at 6:10 pm

    Mary, Love the water shots. Ospreys are very interesting. It’s nice to have habitats for them. That chimney nest is going to require some special talents and time as well as money to get it removed. The girls look like they’re having fun. They are adorable and happy. I have a 3 month old rescue kitten laying near my shoulder asleep. Pets are so sweet! They bring a lot of joy. Stay cool. It’s miserable here with such a high heat index. I’m longing for fall! Clara ❤️

  12. Amy
    July 30, 2023 at 7:35 pm

    Thanks for the boat ride, I feel cooler already! Your girls are too cute. 🐾🐾

  13. Ann Woleben
    July 30, 2023 at 8:43 pm

    Fascinating facts about the ospreys; however, I would not want them nesting on my house. The girls look like they are enjoying the pontoon ride – cuties! Lake Norman and the shoreline are so scenic! Thank you for taking us along on the ride.

  14. July 31, 2023 at 3:54 am

    88 degrees for lake temperature is extremely warm. Our lake temp was at 79, and I thought that was warm.
    That nest on the chimney is quite dangerous… and what a pain that will be to contend with in the fall.
    The houses are beautiful along Lake. Thank you for the lovely boat ride, but best of all, it was so fun to be out there with the girls!
    Have a beautiful week!

  15. Pamela
    July 31, 2023 at 9:16 am

    I’ve always wondered what dogs days really means. My South Carolinian mother used the phrase so I always imagined my uncle’s hound dog lying lazily on the porch barely moving in the heat. 😂 we have Osprey here in Florida. last fall we attended an evening nature walk at the local Audubon house and were led to a nest. As we all stood looking up at it I quietly mentioned to my husband that my super sonic hearing detected movement inside the nest. He didn’t believe me. Then we all spotted an Osprey with a fish in its mouth that flew into the nest and there was lots of commotion until it flew out again right over our heads. Unforgettable.

  16. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
    July 31, 2023 at 12:13 pm

    Mary, this is such an informative post! I have enjoyed learning all about the Osprey. Wow, I can’t believe their nests weight up to 200 pounds! That is amazing! The origin of Dog Days of summer was quite interesting as well. I always remember my grandmother telling us it wasn’t good practice to have any medical procedures done during the Dog Days. That complications could arise. It’s funny how you remember things like that. Your pups are absolutely adorable and always a joy to see! Happy Monday, sweet friend!

  17. Sue
    July 31, 2023 at 4:11 pm

    Thanks for the very informative osprey tutorial and the tour of beautiful homes!

  18. Tricia
    July 31, 2023 at 7:43 pm

    I love your article all about the ospreys. So informative, thank you. And such Beautiful pictures.. especially of Lola and Sophie!!

  19. Michele M.
    August 1, 2023 at 4:14 pm

    WOW!! I just learned so many neat things reading this post!!! And with those temps I bet your sweet girls are hot hot hot in their beautiful fur. A nice morning boat ride is just the thing to combat the heat.

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