Another Familiar Loon Rescued in Maine
On February 8, a banded loon was found in a parking lot in Sanford, Maine, about 12 miles from the coast. The next day an email came in from Diane Winn who runs Avian Haven in Freedom, Maine, wondering if we recognized the band combination on the loon's legs. Yes! This female loon was originally banded in 2003 on the Whaleback territory on Lake Winnipesaukee, just off the Sanctuary trail at The Loon Center. She was recaptured in 2006 and again in 2014, nesting in about 10 of the last 15 years!
She was resighted on the same territory in 2015 but our Winnipesaukee field biologist also observed other banded female loons there that year, and in 2017 there was a new unbanded female on the territory. Even though the long streak of holding this territory came to an end, she was seen nesting in the Evergreen territory, just one territory away, in 2017. One chick hatched from the nesting raft pictured below!