We first saw the adult sitting on the nest on May 23rd. We checked on and off for several weeks and first noticed her gone from the nest around the 4th of July. We talked with a woman who had been watching the nest as well and that pretty much coincided with her records. Here's a shot of the parent with the young loon on July 8th.
When we checked today we didn't see either bird, but they could just be off in a cove somewhere. I believe Kevin Bourinot leading the Forbush Bird Club trip there this weekend had this young as well as another successful nest. There are certainly good numbers of adult Common Loons on the reservoir.
Here are some shots of the adult male Spotted Sandpiper defending his nest....
Here are the two chicks we found on July 5th....
And here's one of them on the 8th....seems to me like he's grown in just 3 days!
There are usually Great Blues flying around the coves at the southern end of the reservoir, and I worry that they'll see these little chicks and just gobble them up like popcorn.
If you only have a little bit of time and are looking for some nice stops along the Wachusett Reservoir, maybe this will give you some incentive to get out and enjoy summer....before it's gone.