07/19/17 Common Loon Nest

Posted: August 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

This pair of Common Loons have touched my heart. I have followed them since July 1st. They abandoned their original nest after two weeks, probably the result of the resident mink. About two weeks later, the pair returned and proceeded to build a second nest in the same area. The hatching period is 26-28 days. On day 25, while the sitting loon was off the nest for a short period, the mink climbed into the nest. I was there to witness this as it happened. Eventually the mink was chased off. A week later, the mink was able to steal one of the eggs. The remaining egg proved not to be viable, probably due to all the trauma. The loons, who share time on the nest, continued to sit on the single egg an additional 10 days. At that point they both abandoned the nest. Hopefully they will return and nest here again next spring.

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First Nest

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Second Nest

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Two Eggs

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Mink in Nest

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Finally gave up.

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On the single egg.

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Surrounded by flowers.

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One of my vantage points, this is a public swimming beach.

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Mergansers seek safety on land from the attacking loon.

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Abandoned Nest

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  1. Glenn says:

    Fascinating photos! We

  2. Nancy Gourlie says:

    Oh Ray this is so beautiful and sad at the same time. Each has to survive, but……

  3. Ken Curtis says:

    What a phenomenal posting, Ray. The photos and your words tell the harsh story of nature. You images are outstanding. This was one of your best posts. I truly enjoyed reading it.

  4. So sorry for the way it all played out Ray. I know you look forward to a successful nest. Thanks for the story and photos of how it all unfolded.

  5. Marlene says:

    Congrats to the loons for their valiant efforts and to you for a beautiful documentation of their story! Hopefully the next chapter (next year) will have a happier ending – photos could not be any more compelling, however…

  6. gr says:

    Beautiful pictures & colors. Such clarity! But a sad ending. 😦

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