The Adventures Of Louie The Little Loon Of Lovell Lake
Author: Buck Howe
Format: Kindle Edition
In the summer of 2010, a mother and father loon prepared a nest along a small protected inlet on Lovell Lake in Sanbornville, NH. Their chick was born in late July.
New Hampshire loons usually lay one or two eggs in late May or June. The babies are born between 26 and 28 days later. Loon chicks are fluffy like ducklings and poultry chicks. They leave their nest within a day or so of hatching and do not return to land until they are old enough to start their own families.
Like human babies, loon chicks depend on their parents for their care and feeding. Parents feed the chicks with minnows, crayfish and sometimes frogs and insects. Baby loons remain with their parents until about eight weeks old. By 12 weeks old, the chicks can fly and dive for their own food.
Adult loons winter on the ocean, leaving their lake home sometime in October or November. Their children follow much later ―often just before Mother Nature has frozen over the lake where they were born.
The photos in this book take the reader from the baby loon’s first days until the chick is big enough to leave the lake for their ocean winter home.