Hillman’s Long Lake is home to Common Loons. This will be our fourth summer on the lake. Each year we’ve watched a nesting pair on Belly Button Island. Last year the nest was unsuccessful. Hopefully, come early July, we will once again enjoy the sight of a pair of loon babies riding on their parent’s back.
Out in the kayaks for the first time, on an unseasonably warm first weekend in April, this guy was yodeling up a storm, even though we were careful to keep a respectful distance. He was answered by another loon on the lake. A mate? We hope. A Canada Goose pair is hanging around the island–as if working on a nest. They are aggressive and hopefully the loon pair will stand their ground. At one point, the loon went into vulture posture: rising up out of the water and making himself look like something to steer clear of. Something had him agitated, but I don’t think it was us, floating quietly in our kayaks.