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JUVENILE COMMON LOON
Remember that 3-ounce black ball of fluff riding on its parent’s back in the beginning of June? In the past 11 weeks loon chicks have grown to resemble their parents in size (if not in plumage), and are well on their way to total independency, if they haven’t reached it already. At about this age juveniles learn to fly, and soon will catch all their own food. Most parent loons will leave their young within the next month and congregate on larger lakes prior to migrating to the New England coast, where most are thought to overwinter. One to three weeks after the parents leave, juveniles will begin their migration.