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LOST: One Baby Loon

Post  News Hawk on Sun Aug 10, 2014 6:23 pm

Amid the weekend washtub that Winter Harbor has become, I sighted a baby Loon and one adult Loon. My first sighting of a baby Loon in these local waters.

The adult Loon appeared to be choking on a large sunfish, and last I saw of each, the adult was diving with the fish stuck in her craw. I put my canoe in, and searched the shoreline—first for the baby, then went back to find the adult. Neither were found.

I don't have much hope for either, as the baby has to deal with monster crushing wakes in order to hide along the shoreline, and the adult may have dived off into deeper water.

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Re: LOST: One Baby Loon

Post  News Hawk on Sun Aug 10, 2014 6:48 pm

The Loon baby has to deal with Johnson's Cove cruisers' wakes.



This is a still from a video.

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Re: LOST: One Baby Loon

Post  WHL on Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:30 pm

News Hawk wrote:Amid the weekend washtub that Winter Harbor has become, I sighted a baby Loon and one adult Loon. My first sighting of a baby Loon in these local waters.

The adult Loon appeared to be choking on a large sunfish, and last I saw of each, the adult was diving with the fish stuck in her craw. I put my canoe in, and searched the shoreline—first for the baby, then went back to find the adult. Neither were found.

I don't have much hope for either, as the baby has to deal with monster crushing wakes in order to hide along the shoreline, and the adult may have dived off into deeper water.



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I think the baby is probably fine. They are pretty big now and can almost fend for themselves-at least for a while. Mom and Dad are leaving the babies alone now.


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Post  News Hawk on Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:07 pm

This baby is probably only ten days old.  

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Re: LOST: One Baby Loon

Post  WHL on Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:20 am

Oh, are you sure it was a loon??? Just being born now??
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Post  News Hawk on Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:27 am

WHL wrote:Oh, are you sure it was a loon???  Just being born now??

Definitely a Loon (only one), and yup, it's late! I don't know where it could have come from, but there is not much development along the older part of this shoreline. (I couldn't see the shoreline edges for much of my paddling). This is only the third sighting of Loon I've seen on the water. 'Saw one in the air, which passed directly over my boat. I thought (at first), I was seeing a Bald Eagle from the rear, but Loons appear white when approaching in the air.

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Re: LOST: One Baby Loon

Post  WHL on Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:23 pm

Well, I hope it makes it, but I don't know, since it is so late.
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Re: LOST: One Baby Loon

Post  News Hawk on Mon Aug 11, 2014 6:56 pm

WHL wrote:Oh, are you sure it was a loon???  Just being born now??

I saw the two from a distance and took photos. I just reviewed them zooming in, but the picture quality isn't very good. Sometimes. a wake makes both disappear!

What made me doubt my Loon sighting is, a Merganser and one chick swam by today. That's unusual as well.

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Re: LOST: One Baby Loon

Post  WHL on Tue Aug 12, 2014 7:26 am

The merganzers are easily mistaken for a loon baby.
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Post  News Hawk on Tue Aug 12, 2014 9:58 am

WHL wrote:The merganzers are easily mistaken for a loon baby.

Merganser (females) often have 12 chicks swimming behind! "My" one Merganser baby is much darker on the sides than Loon chicks.


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Post  WHL on Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:40 pm

Yes, they do often have a lot of babies. Did you see it again?
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Post  News Hawk on Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:40 pm

WHL wrote:Yes, they do often have a lot of babies.  Did you see it again?

'Saw a single Loon about 1-PM.
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