2012 Loon Report
South end Loons
The pair of loons nested later than usual, in June. About one week later, the pair abandoned the nest. I could not find any eggs or traces of egg shells. Received reports of people seeing an eagle in the general vicinity several times. Conclusion is that something obviously happened to the eggs, the loons may have been harassed by the eagle enough so that they might have left the nest unattended for too long, and a predator took the eggs...The loons did not attempt to re-nest.
North end loons
The North pair nested later than usual also in June. They left the nest within a few days after nesting . There were no eggs found in the nest, but eggs shell fragments were found nearby and someone witnessed some commotion involving ravens or crows in the area where the shell fragments were found. The conclusion was that the birds robbed the nest and removed and broke or devoured the eggs. The loons did not attempt to re -nest. Results, no chicks .
We all enjoy the adult loons and listen
to their songs, but many mentioned they missed seeing loon chicks on the
pond. They are definitely one of the
highlights of summer here on
Hopefully the loons will have better luck in (2013) and raise a chick or two for all of us to watch grow up and enjoy.
Season long Volunteer