Loons are always hot off the mark to return from their ocean winter homes to the northern lake of their hatching as soon as the ice is largely off the lake.
On May 2nd Marilyn and Allan Campbell saw a pair of Loons circle the nesting platform that put out again this spring on Little Otter Lake. The late melting of the ice this year delayed the launch of their nesting platform by a couple of weeks. Usually it is launched around April 19th. This year it was April 30th.
Adult males typically return first to claim a good nesting spot and to defend it until their mates arrive soon after.
Above is a photo of a lone Loon spotted today on Otter Lake and several long low hoots were heard too.