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As you can see by the trees in the background, the Thumb Lake loon pair needs a nest not susceptible to flooding. Last year, the loons turned their noses up at our raft site, nesting only yards away and not succeeding. This season…who knows?

Also, last season, the male of the pair got tangled in fishing line, and it wasn’t till we captured him that we discovered the line went deep into his throat. Cutting it as short as possible was all we could do, and the loon survived into the fall and migrated, which was a relief.

Bob and Sue Korte led the effort to place buoys and raft on this Charlevoix County lake.

 

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About Jeff Lange

Michigan LoonWatch Area Coordinator, LoonCorps Northern Michigan, Wildlife Filmmaker.

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