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Photo: Loon struggles with rising water

JULY 4 The Keevils captured the struggle of motherhood for a nesting loon (above, June 20) in Sharp Rock Inlet, Lake Temagami. After rains from June 22 to 24, it found its nest inundated by rising lake water. The middle photo below shows a grey-brown egg sitting in water. On June 28, the Keevils found she had moved the nest (bottom) a little over a foot.

"The loons usually nest in a sheltered but shallow bay," Harold wrote in an email, "but with the low water had to find a new spot. I know of another shallow bay where loons have been using a floating nesting box for years now, but is so shallow that the fellow who keeps an eye on things reportedly couldn't even get his kayak in. The shallow water is forcing a few changes!"

"After heavy rain, at the nest in these shots, the water level went up about four inches and the nest was swamped. We thought it was abandoned, but the next day, I noticed that she had moved to higher ground (a little over a foot or so) and was again on a nest. Wish her luck!"

Photo: loon on nest struggles with rising water, Temagami
Photo: loon on nest struggles with rising water, Temagami



Photo: Blueberries out early in June, by Brian Back

JULY 1 Blueberries in June? These were eaten shortly after the photo was taken, on June 28. Hmm. On sun-facing slopes there have been berries since June 19.


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