Entries by Biff Conrod

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Who’s On the Nest?

It is a common misconception that, within the bird community, females do all the nest sitting. Although that may be the case for the majority of bird species, it is heavily influenced by the large number of Passerines (songbirds). In other bird orders (and some Passerines), nest duties are shared by the mated pair. And […]

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We Have the Second Egg!

Mom added the second egg to the nest at 6:38 pm today. Now it’s down to four weeks of incubating. The black flies have been pesky lately but not so bad that the loons can’t tolerate them. Let’s just hope the flies don’t get thicker.

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We Have an Egg!

The first egg was laid at approximately 8:21 am today. If all goes well, we’ll have a second egg tomorrow. The loons will usually have very sporadic incubation until the second egg is laid. After that, incubation will be almost non-stop, with occasional breaks of less than 15 minutes for cooling off on hot days […]

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They’re Getting Serious

Is the female ready to lay the first egg? The pair kicked in to high gear this morning and spent a good two hours of non-stop nest building, as well as some work in the rain last evening. Prior to this, their attempts were sparse and halfhearted. In fact, it seemed that they were spending […]

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Nest Building and Nest Site Selection

Our loon pair continues to build up the nest mound, although at a leisurely rate. In fact, it seems they spend more time inspecting other nearby spots as possible new nest sites. We shouldn’t be surprised at this. This pair has used different sites in the past. In fact, the current nest is the second […]

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The Loons Get Down to Business

The high water level doesn’t seem to be slowing this pair down. They’ve been working on building up last year’s nest mound and by this morning the mound broke the surface of the water. And then they wasted no time, mating at 8:46 am. This will likely go on for a week or so before […]