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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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Asters, Fall Visitors and Knotweed

Loon Update It has been a while since we showed you how the loons are doing. Although the father seems to have left a bit early this year, Pablo’s mom still is with him a lot. This photo (from September 13th) shows...
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Loons and Dabbling Ducks on the Lake

Jon spent an hour with Pablo near the edge of the lake while his parents were off somewhere. Pablo is quite a character! He groomed, looked around, dove and practiced flying. He is quickly becoming Jon’s BFF (best feathered friend)! Pablo eventually headed out into the lake...
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