Members around the lake have been asking about a baby loon this year, here is a quick update.
We had a pair traveling about the lake this summer, and a third loon was observed a few times. The nesting raft was put out in the Northwest corner of the lake in early May, and the pair visited it often, for about 6 weeks. Finally, on June 27, they laid an egg, and proceeded to spend most of the time with one adult loon incubating, or nearby. Sadly, however, during the overnight of July 2 – 3, something happened to the egg, and the next morning the loons were no longer sitting on their nest, or in the vicinity. Speculation about what happened is that either they left the egg unattended for a while and a predator (e.g. muskrat, turtle, 3rd loon) was involved, or the egg lacked shell integrity and just broke. But that is speculation. We will never know.