Fortunately the Notown pair was in the open and viewable from Palmer Road, though they were on the far side approximately 0.6 mile away. Despite the distance, a single chick could be seen with one of the adults though the scope. Below are a few fuzzy digi-scope shots of the adult and youngster.
|Adult Common Loon and youngster on Notown Reservoir|
On Haynes Reservoir, where I have seen a pair of adults during the breeding season in past years (but never any young, though previous nesting had been confirmed by others) it was a pleasure to see that pair had a single chick "in tow"! Both adults took turns feeding the chick small fish, one of the adults had leg bands but at a distance of 0.25 mile and harsh lighting the band colors could not determined. Here are a few poor digi-scope shots of the Haynes Res. yougster and one of the adults. The Haynes youngster appeared to be smaller than the Notown chick, indicating a later hatch date.
|Adult and young sleeping.|
|Adult and chick (hidden by the adult) in the upper left and a large Snapping Turtle (floating) lower right.|
These were much further apart than the photo indicates.