We were unable to confirm that the tangled loon was definitely the banded female from that territory but we suspect it might have been. An intruding loon was also observed in the same territory that day and an unbanded female held the territory in 2017. The loon was able to remove the fishing line on its own, as a tangled loon was not seen again on Grafton Pond last summer. However, that may have been enough of a distraction, causing her to lose the territory.
The rescued loon was taken to Maria Colby from Wings of Dawn Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Henniker and is still undergoing treatment.
Many thanks to Mary & Brian Granger who first alerted us to the situation on Stone Pond and sent a photo. The little speck in the middle of the picture to the right is the stranded loon.
Hopefully the next time we see a loon it will be back on its breeding lake in the spring (unless of course you head to the coast for a winter birding adventure)!