Photographs by Frank

14 June 2022

Chick Vigil (Tuesday Edition)

Filed under: Birds,Monadnock Region,Summer,Wildlife — Tags: , — Frank @ 12:34 PM

We have a chick!!!!

This morning (Tuesday, 14 June 2022) Joan and I arrived at the lake shortly after nine. An adult loon was sitting on the nest, but we immediately knew that something was up. The adult was very fidgety with their right wing moving about. Sure enough, as soon as we got our optics (Joan’s spotting scope and my camera) set up we could see a small brown lump under the partial upraised wing of the adult (see the first photo below, look very carefully)… a chick!

Shortly after we arrived both the adult and the chick left the nest and spent most of the next hour in the water. They never strayed more than a few feet from the nest. Joan, with a better angle and more magnification was able to see the second egg still in the nest unhatched. (It is not unusual for two nest mates to hatch a day or two apart).

The chick spent the majority of its time in the water during the hour we observed them. However, the chick climbed up under the adults wing and onto its back twice. The adult (with chick aboard) did mount the nest and settle in for a brief interval before entering the water again.

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First Sign of Loon Chick
First Sign of Loon Chick
Adult Loon and Chick #1
Adult Loon and Chick #1
Adult Loon and Chick #2
Adult Loon and Chick #2
Loon Turning Egg
Loon Turning Egg
Loon Examining Chick
Loon Examining Chick
Adult Loon and Chick #3
Adult Loon and Chick #3
'All Aboard!'
'All Aboard!'
Adult Loon and Chick #4
Adult Loon and Chick #4

2 Comments

  1. Wonderfully captured! Thank you to Joan for being your spotter. Won’t be long before the chicks take over the pond.

    Comment by Joe Kennedy — 14 June 2022 @ 1:12 PM

  2. What a magnificent bird. I remember them from the lakes of northern Minnesota.

    Comment by mary jo kelly wilhelm — 14 June 2022 @ 8:37 PM

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