Greetings, and thanks for the updates of what you've been seeing, along with photos. With so little to watch, it gives everyone some evidence that the loons aren't a mirage, and most importantly, it really helps our research!
I just posted a blog about video from Willpat posted on UTube. Apparently it confirms the banded female. Can anyone post a link so we all can find this?
I did see in photos that the male that was copulating is unbanded. If time allows, I may try to visit the pond, and do a thorough survey. I'll post my findings if this happens.
One question was posted, asking if both males and females fight. The answer is yes. Like many species, there is constant competition for occupation and dominance in suitable breeding habitat. Although there are other nesting locations on this pond, there is only one island, and that's cause for a lot of competition.
Please keep up the blogs, even with few sightings of the loons.