North end of the
1 pair of nesting loons on Artificial platform
2 chicks were hatched before the 4th of July 2015
1 chick disappeared about 2 1/2 weeks later, cause unknown
South End of
1 pair of nesting loons on natural nest
1 loon chick was located on the same day that the state wide loon count was taken on the lake
It was found to be younger than the two from the north end
This chick was a wonderful surprise. During the nesting period on the south end, no nest was found during my search for nesting loons.. The nest was well hidden in an unexpected location somewhere on the south end
The third week of September a dead loon chick was picked up and turned over to the Loon biologist for a necropsy to find the cause of death. The results of that test is the cause of death was blunt force beyond anything a territorial loon could have done.
It has to be stressed that this notion boating too close to the loons is okay and that they will move out of the way, it just isn't realistic. The dead loon chick is evidence of that.
VT Loon Conservation Program