This spring did not disappoint me! As soon as the ice melted, I was putting on my mud boots and putting the Kayak in the water to go see if the Loons had arrived. I was excited to see that they had- even with the late spring that we had.
I have been watching a few pairs of Loons for years. I'm always excited ti see that they are doing well and can't wait to see their young.
I spent a few weeks let them get use to people and settle in. One late morning, I was out on the water and this pair did not move away from me. After a busy morning, they to took a nap not far from my Kayak. I sat there not wanting to disturb or frighten them. After about an hour, they slowly woke up. First they yawned. Then they stretched their wings. Slowly they started to move around. They stayed not far from my and preened themselves. I sat there watching them and sometimes taking pictures. As they slowly moved away, I let them move off without flowing them. I'm very glad that they let me watch them as long as they did.
I went back another night and didn't see them. Then I heard this noise. I couldn't believe it! The Loons had gone over to the shore and climbed on land. They were mating and I was witnessing it!!! It was over very quickly and back in the water they went. The female acted as if she wanted to do it more and tried to get the male back on land a few times. The male was happy swimming around looking for food.
I left them alone for a week. When I went back, I found them close to the nest and the female would sometimes climb into the nest. I didn't try to get close and left them alone. I'm looking forward to seeing their young in a few weeks!!!