Loon Chicks at 11 & 12 Days Old

July 02, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Let's check in on our loon family. On June 29, the chicks were likely to be 11 and 12 days old. They've grown rapidly and are beginning to venture a few yards from their parents. Both chicks appear to be doing well, both about the same size, both learning to be loons and taking cute little loon dives. The morning I visited, the parents were feeding larvae, fish and crayfish to them. The parents would often carry fish or crayfish a far distance back to the chicks, but would offer the larvae if they were caught close to the chicks. 

Possibly a dragonfly nymph.

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It looks like largemouth bass was the special of the day. 

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The fish looks to be a big meal for a little loon. 
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Followed up by a tasty crayfish.
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Yawning chicks give a good idea of how large their mouths are.

 

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Foot waiving is thought to be a technique for cooling off. It was in the 80s by early morning, and all of the loons repeated waived their feet. 
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Some traits are shared by siblings of all species...
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And a few pix of the chicks just because they're cute.

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After preening, loons of all ages will stretch their wings. Common loonCommon loonCommon loon, New Hampshire Common loonCommon loonCommon loon, New Hampshire
After a busy couple of hours, everyone settled in for a nap. 

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