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Day 30

It’s Day 30 today and the loons are still sitting on the nest. We are watching the nest with growing concern that the single egg may not be viable. The average incubation period for loons is 28 days, but perhaps the chick needs a few extra days after the recent cold snap. Once the chick […]

The Home Stretch

Our webcam loons have been nesting for almost three weeks, with only one week to go before hatching is expected on June 11.  In the day or two leading up to the hatch, the chick inside the egg will start peeping—making noises that the adult loon on the nest can hear.  Check out this description […]

Heat wave!

The second week of nesting has been hot! Temperatures are forecast to be in the mid-80’s on Saturday, and topped out at 86 F on Wednesday in nearby Laconia, NH.  As the mercury rises above 70-75 F, you will see the loon pant, breathing with an open bill to cool off.  Sitting in the blazing […]

Changing of the Guard

Incubation duties are shared almost equally between male and female loons.  A nest exchange takes place every 4-6 hours, on average.  If you are lucky enough to catch a nest exchange on the webcam, take a look at the bands on their legs to see if you are looking at the male or female!

Why did the loon lower its head over the nest?

A loon will lower its head and neck over the nest when it feels threatened.  Yesterday late in the day a viewer noticed the loon was in this position because a boat was in the area. This position indicates the loon may flush from the nest and leave the eggs to overheat, chill, or be […]

Day Five

The black flies continue….and viewers have noticed an injury or damage to feathers on the left side of the male loon’s head.  This might indeed have resulted from earlier scuffles with a rival loon, visible on camera at the beginning of the week. The loon on the nest now, mid-afternoon on Friday, is likely the […]

Battle of the Black Flies: Day Four

This morning the black flies continue to crawl and swarm on the nesting loon. This nuisance can be enough to cause nest abandonment, and there is actually a black fly species (Similium annulus) that targets loons. Yesterday it looked at one point like there might be a second egg. If you’ve been watching at just […]

Loon Preservation Center

Both adult loons are marked with color bands on their legs.  The female loon of this pair has been breeding here on this pond since she was originally banded in 1998.  Since the earliest known breeding age for loons is 4 years and the average age at first breeding in New Hampshire is 6 years, she […]