Monday, June 6, 2011 8:53am CDT

75 degrees  Sunny  Wind 2mph S
It is a very calm, quiet summer morning on the lake.
The sky is clear.  The sun is shining.  There are only a few ripples on the surface once in a while from a wisp of wind.
The loons are doing well.  The chicks are active and growing.  And hungry.
Early this morning I watched as they approached the nest and did a swim-by.
Right now one of the loons is quietly floating about 2 houses down 'in back of the camera' out of sight.  One of the chicks is swimming alongside the loon and the other chick is riding on the loon's back.  I am not sure where the other loon is right now.
It is picture perfect.
The surface of the lake like a sheet of glass punctuated here and there by circles of a sunfish rising to the surface to grab a bug.  And a loon with two chicks sitting in the midst of some bulrushes, perfectly reflected in the surface of the water.
After all the activity and boat traffic on the lake yesterday, today should be a little bit calmer for our loons.  Except for the danger that seemingly appears out of no where with no warning.
Yesterday was the first day that the loons ventured very far from the nest.  I am not even sure if it was all the activity on the lake since they had moved a few houses down early in the morning.
That is normal behavior to be expected.
The loons will gradually take the chicks further and further away from the nest.  We have been blessed this year with them staying close to the nest for a longer period of time than I have seen in the past.  But they are beginning to get on with their lives.
We will leave the cam on for at least a few days to see what they do.  I know that each closeup glimpse of them is so special.  But at some point soon we will shut the LoonCam down for another year.  The time goes so fast.
It is hard to believe that the chicks are still not one week old.
They have grown so much and they have been through so many experiences already.  But they have a lot more to learn.  At this point in their lives, every day means that they improve their chances of surviving dramatically.
Right now the loon is calling.  Both chicks are swimming alongside it.  And the mate is coming in from far out in the lake.
It looks like a good, if very warm, day for our loons.
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