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Songbirds in Turtle Cove

Many songbirds, including the ones below, use their song to attract mates as well as to defend their territory. They are a delight to hear singing in Turtle Cove and all around the lake. Since they eat insects they rarely visit feeders,...
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First Chick!

  Yesterday our first 2021 Loon chick hatched. John Ryan was asked to name the Loon chicks this year. Honoring Kittie Wilson’s tradition of naming the first chick as a male, with P for Pleasant Lake, this one is Paul. If the other egg hatches, it will be Paula....
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Loons and Mergansers

Our Loon parents are taking turns sitting on their eggs. Given the normal incubation period for Loons, we expect the chicks to hatch just before the 4th of July this year. With the Fireworks on the 2nd and a lot of Lake activity over the weekend, it could be a hard time for them.

An Unsettled Start to the Season

Loons, like many birds, are very territorial.  Our male Loon is often on the lake the very day the ice has melted enough to provide a landing area. 

Loony Year in Review

When we arrived on May 18, there were already two eggs on the nest.  John Wilson had seen the parents on the nest on the 13th of May. This is their 14th year breeding on the lake (more details at end of...
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Songbirds Heading South for the Winter

Loon Update We had more sightings last week of the mother loon than of Pablo. We assume Pablo is just becoming more independent. Possibly the helicopter activity along the power line above the lake is keeping him near shore. The female (below) was watching them...
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