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Pacific Loon (AK) — 2011

Pacific Loon

Location: Anchorage, AK

Hosted by: Jean Tam and <a href="">Anchorage Audubon Society</a>

First Egg Date: May 20, 2011

Clutch Size: 1

Incubation: May 20, 2011

Hatch Date: Jun 14, 2011

Number of Nestlings: 1

Fledge Date: Jun 15, 2011

Number of Fledglings: 1

Note: Camera sponsored by <a href="">Alaska Dispatch</a>

Photo Highlights (5)

    The Platform

    May 18, 2011 -
    This is the handmade float that the loons have been nesting on for the last several years.


    May 20, 2011 -
    The two adults make a quick inspection of the nesting platform. See the video highlights for a clip.

    First Egg

    May 23, 2011 -
    The Pacific Loon female laid her first egg on Friday, May 20. Watch the video highlight to catch the action.

    Leg Bands

    May 31, 2011 -
    From this angle, you can see the female's leg bands on her left leg.

    Two-For-One Day

    Jun 16, 2011 -
    It's two-for-one day: you get two video highlights today! One is a participant-submitted clip of the downy chick on the nest and the second is a clip of the young loon swimming near the platform. Be sure to use the scroll arrows (<<) to see both.

Video Highlights (5)

May 23, 2011 - First Egg
The Pacific Loon laid her first egg on Friday, May 20, at 10:30 EST.

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Jun 06, 2011 - Mom Returns to Nest
Watch as the Pacific Loon returns to her nest. The female, somewhat clumsily, climbs back onto the nest and then settles down to incubate.

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Jun 16, 2011 - Born Ready
The precocial Pacific Loon chick is shown here swimming around the nesting platform with dad on 6/15/2011. Loon chicks are born downy and alert, and they spend no more than 1-2 days in the nest before leaving.

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Jun 16, 2011 - Loon Chick
NestCams participant lakota85usa shared this video of the downy Pacific Loon chick waiting in the nest beside its eggshell for mom and dad to return. Thanks for sharing!

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