Good morning all. I've just returned to the office after being away all of last week. Thanks for all the continued blogs and information about loon activity on or near the nest.
The visit over the weekend from non-feathered beings was very disconcerting. We spend a lot of time and energy to educate the public to try to prevent these occurrences, and with good results. Unfortunately, it's never going to prevent it entirely.
Some asked about posting signs. We've done this quite a bit, and we've found that it often creates more problems than solutions. Humans our naturally curious about signs, which draws them in to see what it says, and then we've given away a nest location.
I'm making inquiries to folks that live on the lake, with the hopes that we can spread the word more thoroughly, to stay away from the island during loon nesting season. This is the best approach we have in this case.
Rest assured that the loons haven't nested somewhere else on the island, and the visitors didn't ruin a loon nest. I believe the nest they were referring to was the one from the geese. They nest on the island every year, as well.
The biggest challenge the loons appear to have remains the disruption by other loons on the pond. For the second year in a row, other loons have been challenging this pair, and that can prevent them from nesting, or from having a successful nest.
We're still well within the time frame of historical nesting for this pair, and I remain hopeful that nest activity will increase, and we'll have a loon on eggs soon.
Hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend!