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Nest Visitors

Regular loon cam watchers have witnessed various visitors to the nest, including painted turtles, snapping turtles, great blue herons, muskrats and eagles. Most of these visitors present little threat to nesting loons. In fact, loons can be quite tolerant of painted turtles, herons and muskrats, all of which are likely to use loon nest hummocks […]

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Stalwart Dad

The male is pulling 20+ hour nest sitting shifts lately; certainly not unheard of for this pair but normally it occurs later in the nesting phase or it is attributable to oppressive conditions, such as black fly infestations or heat waves. With the exception of one short hot spell, nesting conditions this year have been […]

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The First Hot Spell

This past week we had a string of hot, sunny days, getting as high as 90 degrees F. After the first two days, the female swapped nest tending shifts, preferring the cooler nights. Now we’ve returned to cool days with highs in the 60s and 70s. Will momma loon return to the day shift? Let’s […]

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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 […]