Karla and I spent a couple of days this week on a little lake just outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. A friend mentioned that a pair of loons were still sitting on eggs. It was a beautiful place to spend a couple of days.
It didn't take long to find the loons. The eggs must have hatched the day before we got there. Since I saw only one chick I thought probably a predator had already got to one of the babies. This little guy is only one day old. July is late for most loon eggs to hatch but over the years the pair on this particular lake hatch chicks around the 4th of July.
Twice a Bald Eagle flew over looking for a chance to get to the chick. That is probably what happened to the other baby. I was so glad to see the loons protecting this little guy. The eagle finally gave up, at least for now.