13 October 2017: Loon Baby Update

IMG_4612The 2017 fledgling loon, now about 14 weeks old, is pretty much on its own and is rarely seen with it’s parents anymore. It is about full size but it doesn’t have full adult plumage yet so is easy to identify. I spotted it this morning while David Hodsdon and I were out for our last water monitoring session of the season, and was able to get close enough to get this picture. It was a little leery of us and wouldn’t let me get any closer. In the next few weeks it will be flapping around the lake, strengthening it’s wings before it takes off and heads for the coast.