Loon Update 2014
Thanks to Ben Tripp
Ben Tripp has again contributed some great photos of our Watchic Lake loons. According to Ben, we have two loon families on the lake, each consisting of two adults and two hatched chicks. The chicks are now about three weeks old (as of July 17). The Island loons have the territory from Spear Point to the Big Island and across and north to the Rt 113 side. The Swamp loons have the territory at the other end of the lake, near the inlet by Watchic Road 1.
The Island loons had their nest on “Happy Face Island” (in the usual location on the north side of the island). The Swamp loons again had their nest down in the inlet by Watchic Road 1.
Loons continue to offer all of us on Watchic Lake some magical moments.
Thanks Ben for the photos and info.
Loon Update August 2013
By Ben Tripp
As of August, the chicks are 6 weeks old now and we now have several visiting loons. During the August we witnessed a bald eagle try to attack the chicks and adults were in complete defense mode and drove the eagle off.
Loon Update July 2013
By Ben Tripp
The Island loon chicks hatched on July 5 and 6. Chicks are already diving and staying down 10 to 15 seconds.
For those of you who are camera buffs, Ben uses a Canon Rebel – xSi from about 2010 and the pictures were shot with a 70-300 zoom lens at 300.
Loon Update 2011
Baby loons out for a ride with mum…