Loons on the Lake

Unless you are deaf, you have heard the loons on the lake. There are quite a lot of them with 22 were counted on July 20th on the annual, state-wide loon census day. Ten people were combing the lake in the morning for loons to come up with that number. They were all adults and no chicks.

Two chicks were hatched in the Heath but one disappeared in the first 24 hours. The other disappeared a number of days later. No one knows what the cause of either chick disappearing but a snapping turtle is a candidate for the first one. The second one was in more open water but there were lots of “viewers” of the chick and some seemed to be getting too close. Stress can cause the adults to not behave properly and chicks can panic and tire themselves out. A loon was on shore at another nesting site but was unsuccessful or there was predation of the nest very quickly.

Loons don’t reproduce until they are 5 or so years old but they will have adult plumage by 3 or 4. Many of the loons that we have on the lake are probably not yet fully mature. They still talk a lot, however, and that noise at night is wonderful.



The following are the summary results from the 9 areas of Lake Wentworth:

Area Observation

1 6 adult loon
2 1 adult
3 4 adults
4 None observed, no form submitted
5 3 adults
6 0 between 8-9 am, but 2 at 9:05
7 No observer in this area due to weather
8 1 adult
9 4 adults , also 1 adult in area 7 (where there was no
assigned observer)

Total 22 Adults

In a very fast tour of the whole lake with Maya, Hugh, and Bud, a total of 9 adults were seen either on the water or flying. See Master Sheet.

Crescent Lake – Two different observers, viewed no loons. However, ad times this year loons have been seen.

Hugh Crawford