Saturday, May 11, 2019 1:50 pm CDT

74 degrees F Partly Cloudy Wind S 10 mph

It is a beautiful Minnesota spring day.

And there is encouraging news from the loon nest.

As I write this the female is on the nest and has been for sometime. It is the longest I have ever seen her on the nest this year.

It may very well be that we are getting close to the laying of the first egg!

Here are some little signs to watch for that indicate we may be getting close to the laying of the first egg.

We have already seen the first few of these.

There are more frequent visits to the nest.

There is increased nest building activity.

The loons are spending more time on the nest.

But here are some more things to watch for.

The female may be ‘panting’ or taking deeper breathes. You may see her body pulsing or rising and falling. As she gets really near she may actually climb up on the edge of the bowl as she pushes.

Then all of a sudden with one push the egg pops out.

Let’s hope we are almost there!

Copyright 2019 Larry R Backlund