Tuesday, April 12, 2011 3:45pm CDT


75 degrees   Bright Blue Skies and Sunshine   Wind  South 4 mph


The news keeps coming faster and faster!

I just got home a little while ago and the man who is here installing new underground cable for the LoonCam said he had seen 2 loons right out in front and that they had been doing a lot of calling.

Then one of the neighbors told me that she had also seen and heard them.

When I went down to the lake to look through the binoculars, lo and behold there were not only 2 loons on the lake!  There were at least 5!

There are 2 pairs and one loon that looks like a single loon.

Which ones are 'our' loons?  I don't have a clue.  Although one pair has been swimming closer to the area where the nest has been in past years so I would have to guess that it might be that pair.  But it is only a guess!

The important thing is that there are loons on the lake.

That will be the case for more and more lakes as they move farther north throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin and Michigan and New York and all of New England.  And then all will be 'right with the world' once again!

There is also news from Carol Jansky at St John's University.  "Big John"  [loon #55480] is back on campus!  Apparently eager to "get back to school"!  He is not on Sagatagan Lake yet but is very close.  Here is Carol's note from earlier this morning....

"As Kevin probably already knows, “Big John” is back on campus.  He’s been on East Gemini (the bigger of the lakes as you drive in) since early this morning.  Sagatagan is still pretty ice-filled, but Gemini has broken up quite a bit.  We are all excited to have him back!   Carol"

The techies are busily working on all the things that have to happen behind the scenes to get the LoonCam up and running.  And I am working on the nesting platform.

We will bring it to you live as soon as we can.  I will try to let you know our progress as we go along.

But the important thing is already in place.  The loons are here.  They have done their part so far.  Without them, the view on the LoonCam would be pretty boring.  Then the next big step is for them to actually use the platform and build a nest and lay eggs.  All of that is out of our hands.  At times like that we once again realize how powerless we are and how little control we have over anything this wonderful