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Common Loon Chicks Hatching

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Newly-hatched Common Loon chicks can swim as soon as they hit the water, which they do as soon as their down dries after hatching, usually within 24 hours. Their buoyancy and lack of maneuverability, however, leave them vulnerable to predators. Parents usually don’t stray far from their young chicks due to the omnipresent threat of eagles, hawks, gulls, large fish and snapping turtles.  During their first two weeks, young loon chicks often seek shelter (and rest) on the backs of their parents.

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2 responses

  1. Alice Pratt

    It’s so adorable, when little fluff bundles ride on a parents’ back. Mary….the water in the photo is so gorgeous!

    June 27, 2018 at 8:06 am

  2. Bonnie Zanicchi

    I will try to remember to bring the book, The Lake Where Loon Lives, illustrated by my friend and piano teacher, Brooke Carlton, next time I visit. 🙂

    June 27, 2018 at 1:07 pm

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