What a difference a day makes

Lake
Clouds are reflected in the water as the last of the ice disappears from Laurentian lake. (Photo: Jillian Page)

Yesterday I posted a photo here of ice on the lake where I live. Today, 99 percent of the ice has melted, with only a little bit lingering on a couple of shoreline spots.

So, today I launched my canoe, and paddled for almost two hours. In the process, I came across the two loons who will be co-habiting the lake with us this summer. I don’t know if it is the same loon couple that was here last year. But it is traditional for a loon couple to make themselves at home on this lake as soon as the ice has melted, and to rear a young ‘un. I thought I heard them last night, but they have been loudly announcing their return today.

The loons return to Laurentian lake after a long, cold winter. (Photo: Jillian Page)
The loons return to Laurentian lake after a long, cold winter. (Photo: Jillian Page)

I snapped photos of them and shot a video while I was paddling about. I’ll add the link to this blog’s video page later (I added a winter video today).

So, it is safe to say: Spring has returned to the north country — finally!

— Jillian

P.S. Click on the photos to see their full size.

P.P.S. Tomorrow, nude sunbathing!

4 thoughts on “What a difference a day makes

  1. Thank you! Now all you have to do is get a recording of their call! I believe Loons are monogamous they say for a period of years. Not for Life. No expert just Google’d. Stole your pic for my desktop :*

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  2. Ya know, they may not act like you or live according to your own personal ideas of ‘correctness’, and maybe they’re somewhat flighty, but referring to that couple as ‘loons’ is downright disrespectful! They are. after all, your neighbors. A little sensitivity here, please! 😉

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