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Mar 7, 2014 7:48 AM

Loons on Balch Lake

This picture was taking back in August 2013 on Balch Lake. I can't wait for the two foot thick ice that is covering the lake, to start melting. We have had a very cold winter and still have several feet of snow on the ground here in Wakefield New Hampshire. Now we have to hope for a slow warm up to prevent flooding. I am hoping to see some baby loons on the lake this summer. I love seeing them when they are so small that they are just little fuzz balls sitting on their mothers backs. I had a loon pop-up right beside me when I was in my kayak this past summer. It was a cool experience, but also a little scary when it fluttered it's large wings. I also love hearing the loons call to one another across the lake. Loons are a threatened species here in New Hampshire and are protected by state and federal laws from hunting or harassment. State law also prohibits the use of lead sinkers and jigs in all fresh water in New Hampshire, including lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. Lead poisoning accounts for more than 50% of loon deaths each year here in New Hampshire. I am glad that there are so many groups working to save these beautiful birds. I did a little research and the numbers seem to be increasing here as well as in surrounding states. If I see some babies I will share the picture on my blog. Hope everyone is having a wonderful March. P.S. Don't forget to spring your clocks forward Sunday. THINK SPRING!!


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