photo by: Ken W. Watson, 2007
These chick hatched on June 25, 2007. The female used an artificial nesting platform that I maintain (see the Loon Nest photo). While she is usually successful at hatching two chicks, it has been a rare event to see those chicks survive into adulthood. The July, August and September long weekends are particularly tough, we usually lose one or both chicks to speeding boats (often towing waterskiers or tubers). The little chicks are very hard to spot, particularly if the driver of the boat isn't paying attention to wildlife that they are about to run over.
So, if you're boating, please pay attention to loons in the water in front of you and give them a wide berth. The adults can easily dive to get out of the way, but the chicks can't do this until late September.
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