As our last contribution to the PLPA posts for this year, we want to review our summer with the Loon family. Almost all of the photos below are ones we have not used.
It has been a bumpy year for the Loons. Thanks to your support, the help and watchfulness of neighbors on Pleasant Lake, and our Loon rehabilitator, Kappy, it has ended with two full grown fledglings – Placido and Pearl.
Like the last 13 years, this summer began on the Loon nesting raft built and tended by John Wilson. Ironically, when we began our visits in mid-May, it looked like a mystical fish that had swallowed a loon.
The chicks received a steady supply of perch and crayfish.
We all remember the shock of one chick gone missing overnight on the 23rd of June. Fortunately it was spotted and recovered in the afternoon of the 24th. As you recall, the chick was chased off by its sibling when we tried to reintroduce it. That chick, named Placido, was rushed to our amazing rehabilitator, Kappy, in Maine. Traditionally the chicks are given male and female names that start with the letter P. Unless they are blood tested and tagged we cannot know the sex of the chicks when they are named, so Placido may or may not be a male.
We will be back next May to continue our exploration of the nature of Pleasant Lake and its watershed. Thank you all for your support and encouragement. Thanks also to our Lake Hosts and volunteer weed watchers for their dedication. Have a great winter!
Hopefully our Loon parents will have a safe winter and return for their 14th season. After almost five months of parenting, they deserve a break!
Photos by Jen Esten and Jon Waage