Saturday, August 2, 2014 12:58 pm CDT

86 degrees F     High Hazy Clouds    Wind WSW 3mph

Sunrise   5:58 am CDT     Sunset   8:39 pm CDT

Can it be that we are already into August?

Where has the summer gone?

The loon chicks are still doing great.  Growing bigger and bigger each day.

Now, even though the coloring is different, you have to look twice when you see the silhouette of one of the chicks.  They look like a loon!

They spend more and more time drifting away from their parents.  But they still stay in the same area and eagerly accept any food the adult offers.

But the chicks have now become more adept at diving and in all likelihood are also catching some of their own fish.

They are now 8 weeks old.  In just a few weeks they will make their first attempts at flying.  Once they can do that, they will become more and more independent.

In 4 to 6 weeks, the adults will start to prepare for their long journey down to the Gulf of Mexico.  They will leave the chicks alone to fend for themselves.

It is hard to believe that so much has happened since we first saw the tiny little chicks emerge from the eggs  and peek out from under the parent's wing as we watched them on the LoonCam.

Just a reminder for those of you in Minnesota and Wisconsin, I will be doing a presentation on Amazing Loons at the Isanti County Historical Society in Cambridge, MN on Wednesday, August 13 at 1:00 pm.  I would love to see you there and get a chance to meet you and talk to you.

Also, on Saturday, August 9th  I will be at a community festival called Acorn Day in Oak Grove, MN from 11 am to 3 pm.  They will be transporting the actual loon nest to the festival and I will be there to meet and greet and answer questions.  So if you want to actually see the loon nest in person, the one you have spent so many hours watching on camera, this is your chance.  The festival is on the grounds of the Oak Grove City Hall.

So maybe I will get chance to meet you and talk to you.

Questions?   LoonCam at yahoo dot com