Today a single Loon chick was hatched on Otter Lake!! This is the only Loon chick to our knowledge on big Otter Lake this year and was hatched near the center.
Please boat extra carefully and minimize wakes!!!
Young Loon chicks can be easily drowned by wakes and washed off their parent’s back where they ride when tired. The parents will not dive at this time to try to protect their young who cannot dive for weeks so give this family a wide berth when boating. If the Loons are rearing up and calling you are alarming them so please give them more space.
We expect that this will be the only Loons chick on big Otter this year. In early June there were 3 eggs laid on a Loon nesting platform. The eggs were being incubated for a short time but then the eggs were completely missing from the nest with no signs of broken shells in the area. That failed nesting attempt is an unfortunate mystery.
There are also two chicks on Little Otter which are still doing well and nearly 4 weeks old now. 🙂
Please spread the word! Thanks for looking out for our Loons!!
(The photo is courtesy of Marilyn Campbell from 2015 to show how small and hard to see Loon chicks are.)