I am delighted to report that all three of our chicks are still doing very well! Unfortunately, however, the remaining nest at Squaw Cove was abandoned for unknown reasons early last week. With the single egg collected from the Squaw Cove nest, I have collected 5 abandoned eggs and 1 inviable egg from Squam Lake plus 1 inviable egg from Little Squam. LPC will test as many of these eggs as possible as part of the Squam Lake Loon Initiative (SLLI), our intensive research, monitoring, management, and outreach project on Squam. Please visit our updated SLLI webpage for results from previously-tested Squam loon eggs (http://www.loon.org/squam-lake-study.php).
A special thanks to all of you who participated in the annual Squam Census last week! I enjoyed seeing everyone at Church Island and really appreciate everyone helping with this annual event. Here on Squam, we have the longest running census in the state, and I thank you all for continuing this tradition and for your contributions to our understanding of Squam and statewide loon populations. Thirty-nine loons were counted last Saturday morning, and all 3 chicks were spotted by census volunteers.
The total included a grouping of 10 loons just outside of Bear Cove. Some of these were likely "visitors" from other lakes, so it will be interesting to see what surrounding lakes were missing loons on Saturday morning! Thank you all again very much for your dedication to the Census!
Chick tip of the week: When viewing loons, and especially loons with chicks, keeping a distance of at least 150 feet away from the loons will allow the adults to focus on caring for their chicks and not be distracted by boats. If loons spend too much time watching what boats are doing, they may not be able to gather enough food for the chicks. A distance of
150 feet will allow the loons to carry out their normal activities of caring for themselves and their chicks and allow the observer a fascinating look inside the lives of the loons!