Monday, June 14, 2010 9:41pm CDT

62 degrees  Light Mist   Wind  East 3mph
And so the clock winds down!
In another hour I will make the trip down to the lake and out to the nest to remove the remaining egg.
I just read through a number of the chat room posts and I think we all have exactly the same feelings.  As much as intellectually we know it is the right thing to do to let the loons go 'free' for the rest of the summer, the heart tugs and aches.  For a different outcome.  For ANY outcome that produced chicks.  But this year it is not to be!  For who knows what reason.  Or possibly many reasons all coming together.
A number of people have told me that 'their loons' have not hatched either nor have a number of other waterfowl.  So we can only guess why.  But at the same time, others are saying that they are seeing loons with chicks on their lakes.  So maybe there is not anything happening other than what is normal.
In a way we have gotten spoiled by the success of this particular nest.  Of it producing chicks every year.  And so we take it for granted that we have a right to see two new chicks each year.  But things are not that simple.
In fact, in life very few things are that simple.  And this is just a fresh reminder of that.
Thank you all for your wonderful words of support and your thoughtfulness.  And to those of you who disagree, some vehemently, I certainly understand where you are coming from and what you are feeling.  I am feeling a lot of the same feelings as are all of us.
Thank you also for your concerns for my safety.  I appreciate it very much!  But between you and me, that is very low on the list of my biggest concerns.  But thank you!!