All - given all the earlier nest visits by loons, copulation, etc., and yet still another year without a nest on the loon cam, I began to think pretty hard that we were missing something. That hunch led me to ask one of our staff members to do an on site survey, yesterday, and guess what - they found a nest.
The nest is located about 15 feet to the left of the historical nest location we have been monitoring. The nest has two eggs, and an unbanded
pair are on territory.
Unfortunately, the camera can't see the nest, although we have adjusted it, so hopefully we can see activity when loons come and go. Moving the camera and the stand would risk too much nest disturbance, so we'll have to be satisfied with what we have.
One other item of interest was we observed the original banded male on the pond. It was on the other side, well away from the nest area, and it took flight, and likely flew to another water body.
We are sorry the sound isn't working, and are doing everything we know to get it fixed. We may make a site visit later this week, but if our suspicion is correct, and there is a problem with our equipment near the nest, we won't be able to do anything more.
Hope everyone had a great 4th