Cable Ship, and Merganser Mania — pat morss

Exactly two weeks after Atlantic Merlin came by Eastern Point, clearing the path for the new fiber optic cable from Lynn, MA to the UK and France, Decisive worked worked her way through early this morning (Thurs) laying the cable. Meawhile on Niles Pond, after the ice melted, the Mergansers were out in force with Valentine’s Day thoughts. [And a twist at the end.]

Decisive progressing slowly at early dawn, closest to land.
At sunrise, the business end of the ship, towing the trench plow and uncoiling the cable.
Over on Niles Pond, a male Red-breasted Merganser enjoyed the calm water
Lack of ice improved fishing for these female Hooded Mergansers.
A budding romance? He has his hair slicked down.
Trouble brewing! Pretty young woman; his girlfriend in the background.
“If you keep staring at her, I’m outta here.”
A loud argument ensued. Young woman playing it cool.
“And don’t come back!”
I’ll swim alongside and see how she responds to me.
“I know I said she was gone. Ignore her.”
“This romance will go nowhere.” [Our ornithologist daughter says the young woman is a male.]

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