2017 Loon Report
 
The loons returned from their winter feeding ground to spend the summer on Lake Groton. The lake has two resident pairs of loons, each pair resides on either end of the Lake.
 
The "south end pair" arrived and were seen the day the ice went out. They have nested several times in past years on an artificial nesting platform with great success, but in the last few years, the platform was removed to encourage them to nest naturally which they have done once , two years ago in 2015 on the south end of the lake. This year they did not nest but kept watch over their territory with great zest and stamina.
 
The North end pair returned also and took up residency soon after the ice went out also. This pair has used an artificial nesting site put out by Doug Duckett for several years now with great success. The first week of July the pair hatched two beautiful healthy chicks.
 
Most recently in the month of August there has been much turmoil among the north end pair with territorial interactions with other loons. The chicks were at one point separated due to this, but have reunited. It has been a year of great turmoil on the lake for the loons.
 
On Loon Watch day, July 16, the number of Loons counted on the lake at a designated time were:  4 adults and 2 chicks. At times during the summer, there will be more loons as they stop to feed. and challenge                                       the resident loons for territorial rights.
 
The adult Loons will continue to stay on the lake till they have the urge to migrate in the fall, the chicks will stay behind to learn to fly and provide for themselves until they are prepared to migrate.
 
Special thanks from Darlene to all the folks on the lake who have assisted in helping out by keeping watch over them and calling me when they thought the loons needed help.

 

Update September 25, 2017

An adult loon was found dead floating in the cove by Beaver Brook on the West Shore.  Biologist Eric Hanson retrieved the carcass and determined it was too decomposed to have a necropsy done on it. Cause of death is unknown......

 

 Darlene Sprague
 Volunteer
 Vermont Loon Conservation Program
 Lake Groton Vermont