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Loon Nest Raft
The latest news (June 2018) from Loon Raft Builders Trish and Jim Bogenrief:
The nest we built years ago (2009) can be seen below. The original one was trashed by snowmobiles about 4 years ago, so built a new one with a slightly new design. We have had chicks every year since 2010 - not all have survived the other adult loons - jet skis - eagles - fast boats, etc. but most lived to say goodbye to their parents and finally fly off themselves when the ice started to form. It has been fun to be a small part ot their lives. We think our Mother Loon is the same but that she got a new mate about 3 years ago after a really dramatic end of May. We had one hatch 2 days ago and they are still taking turns on the nest on the remaining egg. Like last year - we may only have one surviving chick. I took the egg to the DNR but never heard back about cause of death. Same thing as when I took a chick that died in Jim's lap, from what appeared to be a stab wound (entrails exposed). Really thought they would give us the courtesy of a phone call but that was not to be!! We also buillt a new nest last year to stop the fighting - it did that but the other pair have chosen not to use it. We have a new eagles nest in their area so that may well be the reason.
This spring Trish and Jim Bogenrief constructed a repacement Loon Nest Raft for one that had fallen into disrepair. Loons often have a difficult time nurturing thier young into adulthood to join the flock here on Deer Lake. One of the biggest problems in finding a nest that is protected from other animals, water turbulence and human curiosity. Below is their story and some pictures.
First photos by Trish Bogenrief, last photo by Laura Meester
We do ask that people stay well away from these nesting locations until the end of June when the babies are born and old enough to get out of the way. Many baby loons who actually make it through egg predators, wind and water dangers, and finally large fish who like to eat loon babies, only to be caught in a boat prop. As we know all of you love loons as much as we do, and think of them as a major addition to the beauty of our lake, so that you will be on the lookout for these neighbors and their babies while you are on the water.
Jim and Trish Bogenrief, Bonnie Point
Here is a website with more information on Loon Nests: