Chicks are growing quickly, and the
adult birds spend less time at the island tending young, returning only long enough to
feed their insistent offspring. The chicks soon learn to move
closer to the waters' edge where they begin to feed themselves in Pyramid Lake.
By August, most of the chicks are flying and leave the island with
the adults to forage in area ponds, lakes, canals or wherever fish might be
easy to scoop from the surface. The birds need to build up energy
reserves for the long migration south. Once the birds leave Anaho, they will
not return until the following Spring.
As the air temperatures rise during summer, the reptiles and
rodents are more active in early morning and late afternoons, finding refuge in the
shaded rocks, outcroppings and sparse bushes during the heat of the day.