By: Jennifer Bateman | Sunday, July 06, 2014
Hi everyone! Today's blog post is coming from Grace. As some of you may know, I am working for my parents at their Park Rapids, Minnesota resort this summer. I recently broke my ankle, so Mom has decided to have me blog, in an attempt to keep me busy.
I know that many of you enjoy watching and listening to the loons on your family lake vacation, so I figured it was about time for a Two Inlets Lake loon update. This year, the loon pair on our end of the lake laid two eggs and both hatched successfully, producing fluffy greyish brown loon chicks. Both have started to mature now, and are starting to venture out on their own. In mid-June, we had a guest who came on vacation to Two Inlets specifically to photograph the loons after he read about the lake in a Minneapolis Star Tribune article. He got a lot of great shots, and was very satisfied with the outcome. "It more than met my expectations", he said.
Lately, the loons have been calling out a lot. This is due to circling eagles who are scouting out the babies. While it is fun to hear them being so vocal, we also don't want the babies to become eagle prey. However, both babies are still alive and healthy.
Last week, one of the adult loons had a close call with a fisherman. One of our guests found the loon wrapped up in about 20 feet of fishing line, with the hook in its beak. Upon finding it, he grabbed onto the line and helped free the loon. He was hoping to have a very exciting rescue story, but he said the loon mostly freed itself.
Until next time ~~ Grace
Loon watching, along with bird watching in general, is a popular activity at Two Inlets Resort.