For the second year in a row, fog played a major role in the count, forcing one volunteer to resort to a GPS and compass to find his way to his territory. There is no doubt in my mind that loons were missed because of the conditions, but the news still isn’t terrific. A total of 17 adults were counted, 1 in Toddy Pond North, 2 in the narrows, 5 in Middle Toddy, 1 in the second narrows, and 8 in South Toddy. That’s two more adults than last year but still a bit below our average for the past 37 years. Sadder still, no chicks were seen on count day and none have been reported since the 18th. We know a pair of chicks hatched in Middle Toddy earlier in July but suspect they fell victim to a bald eagle. Another nest was noted in Middle Toddy in July but does not appear to have been successful. This is the first time since 2014 that no chicks were reported.
Thanks to all 27 of you who participated in the 2020 count. The Loon Count for 2021 is scheduled for July 17. Let’s hope for better viewing conditions and healthy chicks.