The 2018 Loon Cam has been streaming since May 3rd. The first egg was laid on or around May 25th and there are now two eggs in the nest. If all goes well we should see the first chick around June 21 (loons incubate their eggs for approximately 28 days).
Both adult loons are marked with color bands on their legs. The female loon of this pair has been breeding here on this pond since she was originally banded in 1998. Since the earliest known breeding age for loons is 4 years and the average age at first breeding in New Hampshire is 6 years, she is most likely 26 years or older! She has an orange band on her left leg and blue and silver bands on her right leg. The male loon was banded for the first time in 2014. He has red and green bands on his left leg and white and silver bands on his right leg. The bands may be visible as the loons climb on and off the nest or turn their eggs.
A variety of video clips from this year’s looncam can be found on the LPC YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZsmKjZcNXbbqhvxEDcyrSuXskUUWQLUy
To learn more about loons and the work the Loon Preservation Committee is doing to protect them in New Hampshire please visit www.loon.org.
Also, check out our blogger at http://www.loon.org/looncam.php