Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Our First Chick!

From Loon Ranger Pat Schwai
Cochran Lake (Price County) is pleased to announce the arrival our of first-ever loon chick!!! I am ecstatic!

Baby hatched sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. today (July 16th). Parent and chick were off floating about 300 yards from the nest. The other parent was still tending the nest as of 3:00 p.m. Initially, lots of wailing back and forth which lessened within an hour. Baby has already had a swim and a little bit of diving but needed serious warming up after that.

Our best guess is that we lost the first nest on June 14th. Six loons were socializing on the 17th (but way one the north end) and on the 23rd, a resident reported new nesting activity on the far south end.

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