Squam Lakes Loon Report - October 1, 2018

By Tiffany Grade, Loon Preservation Committee

Hi all,

Just a quick update to let you know that the three chicks on Squam Lake
and the chick on Little Squam are growing and looking fantastic!  The
chicks are all at an age that they are able to feed themselves; but, like
all teenagers, they’re more than happy to get a free meal and continue to
beg their parents mercilessly for food.  Loon chicks beg by pecking at the
bill and neck of the adults and making begging calls—with the chicks the
size that they are right now, the parents seem to find all this begging
and pecking a bit trying, but they still patiently oblige by bringing up
lots of fish for the chicks.  One of the Big Squam chicks is particularly
feisty—it has been learning the time-honored loon tradition of “cormorant
bullying” and was even caught stealing a large fish right out of its
parent’s bill that the parent was trying to eat!  Very soon the chicks
will start learning how to fly; and, for their part, the adults are
beginning to molt into their winter plumage.  Between the leaves and the
loons, the changes of Fall are underway on Squam!

I will be leaving the orange “Caution: Loon Chicks” signs out until after
Columbus Day weekend and will continue keeping an eye on the loons through
the Fall; as always, please report any sick, injured, or dead loons to
Loon Preservation Committee (603-476-5666).

Thank you for your interest in Squam’s loons!  Enjoy a beautiful Autumn,
and, as the days turn chillier, think about Squam’s loons getting ready to
wing their way to the coast!

Thank you for your interest in Squam’s loon!


Volunteer for SLA Loon Chick Watch Program in Summer 2019!

Want to help protect loon chicks on the Squam Lakes? The Squam Lakes Association and the Loon Preservation Committee partner together to build this program and train volunteers to help protect chicks during the height of breeding season – June to August. If you are interested in this program, please contact SLA's Community Engagement Coordinator, Melissa Leszek by email, or call (603) 968-7336 x11.