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The Loons

The loons have abandoned their nest by the public boat landing. I am not sure why as we could not watch them from here. But they have rebuilt a nest just to the right of our far right pier.  You can watch them just by standing 1/2 way out on the pier without binoculars. It will be fun to watch them for the rest of the summer and so nice of them to nest close this time!

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2 Loons and A Blue Heron!

This is a rare sight  to see.  Or should I say see when you have a camera! A customer that was here last weekend took this picture while out fishing. Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us!

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The Loons Have Nested!

Our Loons have nested in a new spot this year.  They are just to the left of the public boat landing.  Don’t know yet if that will be a good spot or not.  There could be too much wave action with boats using the landing.  But no one lives right there so they are a bit secluded. Hope they are not disturbed too much and have a successful hatch in July!

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The Loons Are Back!

We’ve been hearing them and today I saw them! Two loons were back swimming, diving and looking for food. They spent alot of time near where they have nested the last two years.  If loons have a successful nest they will return to that spot so I am thinking these are the same ones that were here before. No way to know for sure. But it was exciting to see them back again.

 

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Our Loon

Our adult loons usually leave the lake to fly south sometime in September.  While I was sitting by the lake on Sunday I saw two loons swimming around near the resort for awhile.  Then one did this dance for us and they swam off after that. It seemed like he was doing a little good bye dance.

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Loons

   We had these 4 Loons swim past the resort last evening, what a beautiful sight to see! We don’t know if any were our nesting pair or not but sure glad they came for a visit, always a wonderful sight to see.

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Loons

  It is with a lot of sadness that I have to report that our loons have abandoned the eggs in their nest. I was not sure what happened so I emailed the loon society and here is her answer:  “My best guess about the eggs: the loons were off the nest for too long for some reason (human disturbance? Intruder loon? Eagle harassment?) and the eggs got too warm or too cold and they were lost.  Eggs will begin to smell if they are infertile and the adults will know not to go back on the nest.” We do know that the Eagles were around a lot and the boat traffic around the 4th is always crazy. So we will not have babies from this nest but there is another nest on the east end of the lake and hopefully that will be successful.

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Nesting Loon

This year our loon has nested twice. The first picture was taken May 22 and is to the right of the resort in the same spot where she nested last year. The water level came up and flooded out the nest. The second picture was taken June 17 and  is where she built a second nest to the left of the resort. You can see her sitting there from the left pier. She does have two eggs in the nest. So hopefully we will have two babies in July.  It is fun to be able to watch them every day.

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Baby Loon Sighting at Booth Lake!

Natalie, one of our guests, sent us a wonderful album of pictures she took during her week stay at Booth Lake Landing Resort last year. Included in the pictures was an amazing timeline of a chick loon’s nesting, hatching, and first swims. She is a very talented photographer and we are grateful she was able to catch these on camera. Thank you Natalie!

The first few pictures below show the loon on Read the rest of this entry »

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