May 24, 2021
This morning, at 6:40 am, The Loon Cam 1 pair mated on the nest raft. This is an encouraging event for all who watching and hoping for a successful hatch, but can we start predicting an expected hatch date?
Not really. It usually takes a number of tries before an egg is fertilized. In 2017, the first observed mating on Cam 1 was on May 3rd; the first egg didn’t show up until May 21st. But that was an extreme time period between first mating and first egg. It’s possible to have an egg within a week of first mating. This pair usually has eggs in the nest during the first week in June. Today’s event is consistent with their typical schedule.