We have 18 pairs in the Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed this year: 7 pairs did not nest, 3 pairs nested on natural islands and 8 pairs nested on platforms. So far, 4 of the nests on platforms have produced 6 chicks. Thanks to all of the loon specialists for braving the elements to install the platforms this spring.
Fred & Susan Sittel observed a chick climb back on the platform on its own. They also saw the two adults on the nest platform with the new chicks.
While doing Marine Patrol in the Upper Chain on Sunday, Paul Sax’s marine patrol partner, Colton Drew, spotted a natural loon nest about 20 yards from the channel connecting Benway Lake and Wilson Lake.
Mother Nature at her best!