As soon as I saw them I thought "is that our loon?" as I recognized the bands from the female loon that has been on Lake Wicwas since at least 2014 when it was banded (no one knows how long before then). I checked with John Cooley at the LPC and he confirmed that the best match is our Wicwas loon! How amazing that someone caught our loon on April 10th, just a few days before the first loon arrived on Wicwas. I don't know if any of the loons here right now are the banded loon - I did go looking but didn't get any leg wagging from the loons I found - but I'll bet that our loon was working her way home, using Massebesic as a way point until Wicwas was open enough to land.
I know there are a lot of concerns around Facebook, but there really is no better way to stay connected with what's happening these days, whether your interest is loon migration or Malaysian sovereign bonds.
After a couple of warm summer-like days early in the week the weather regressed back to April showers and weather that only a duck could love. And the ducks certainly flocked to the haven of Lake Wicwas this past week. In addition to the common mallards and black ducks dabbling the the coves we were treated to visits of Mergansers, Buffleheads, Wood Ducks, and Ring-necked Ducks. Here are some birds I saw on my first kayak on the lake looking for banded loons.
|A pair of Ring-necked ducks, infrequent visitors to Wicwas|
|A female Red Breasted Merganser|
|Three friends out on a ladies day|
|Common Megansers. Come on guy, time to decide|
|Here's a pair that hooked up|
|Mergansers in flight|
|Buffleheads, an occasional visitor|
|Buffleheads on the wing|
|Mr. and Mrs. Wood Duck are regular residents in our cove|
On occasion birds of a different feather flocked together, but didn't socialize for long.
|Mr. Wood giving the mergansers a stern look|
Up on dry land the phoebes have arrived, signaling that the insects are close at hand.
Being flycatchers, they tend to migrate north with the bugs. I've heard a warbler or two, and just today saw a Yellow-rumped Warbler.
|Yellow-rumped Warbler resting in a Red Maple between insect-catching sorties|
|"I know it was right here!"|
I'm hoping we don't have wait long for that kind of weather to return even if does mean the demise of duck days; today was a good start.