We saw this adult loon and two chicks swimming together on Agnes Lake in Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park on Aug. 3. A week later, on a second trip, we came upon the same two chicks, but they were swimming and feeding far from the two adults. It must have been time for them to begin foraging on their own.
Adult loons will gather and migrate south, to the coasts of the Carolinas, Florida and the Gulf Coast, in the next month or so. This year’s young will stay a bit longer, until they’ve developed enough reserves and muscle for the flight south.