2020 Loon Nest Updates!

This blog entry is a chronological update about the 2020 loon nests in Natural Lakes. The most recent information is at the top listed by date. For more information on Loons check on the Welcome Back Loons blog entry.

5/23/20 McCullough Nest Not Occupied

The McCullough loon pair on Lone Birch Island has not been spotted on the nest since Tuesday morning May 19th. The loons have been spotted in the area, east of the channel, but not on the nest. Please be LOON AWARE and watch for additional nests!

5/22/20 Nest on Osprey Narrows

A nesting loon was spotted in Osprey Narrows, the channel between Morton and McCullough Lakes. When leaving Beaver Lake, the nest is located about 100 yards east of the bridge that crosses the channel on Timber Wolf Road. The nest is in a grassy clump, on the right side of the channel, just past the wooded area where the channel widens into a marsh.

Please take precautions to very quietly and quickly pass through the area.

The loon was spotted leaving the nest when a pontoon passed by. Staying 200 feet away from the loon will be difficult in this situation. Please consider avoiding the area if at all possible. Reduced boat traffic will increase the chances of a successful loon chick hatch!

5/19/20 Two Eggs on McCullough Nest

Although a loon was observed on the nest in the morning, a patrolling loon was observed near the nest in the afternoon. The pair was later observed to be fishing near the nest for one hour away from the nest. Two eggs are on the nest! After calling Wild Instincts, a wildlife rescue agency, they said loons can lay eggs and then come back within 3-4 days to beginning the incubation process. Once they begin incubating they do not leave the nest. It is also possible that black flies have driven the loons away. In that case they will likely attempt a second nest, possibly on John’s Island, the island closest to Beaver Lake channel.

5/18/20 Nest Established on McCullough

A nesting loon has been sited on the southwest side of Lone Pine Island which is the island closest to the channel between Morton and McCullough Lakes. If the nest succeeds, it will be the first McCullough loon chick in 3 years! Please take all precautions possible to avoid disturbing the nest by observing the DNR and Loon Watch guidelines listed below. Loon gestation is 28-30 days. Based on Loon Ranger observations of the area, the chick would be due to hatch around the beginning to middle of June.

Loon Nest Location - Please avoid this area of the Lake

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