All - I've been in contact with several folks who have been studying loons for much of their lives, and there is no record of previous confirmations of the unusual mating behavior we have been seeing. As I suggested in my last email, with so little data, any conclusions would be very premature. It is extremely exciting that the looncam has provided the technology to capture this for the first time, and we are extremely grateful for the dedicated viewers that helped point it out.
I've been asked if we will try to capture these loons. Trying to capture adults that aren't rearing chicks is very difficult, so I don't anticipate we will try to do that.
In the meantime, I'm still rooting for eggs, and a successful nest. We are approaching a critical window. If they don't put down eggs in the next couple of weeks, the odds of it happening are slim.