For several years loons have nested at the north end of our lake. One year they successfully raised two chicks; most years one. This year they nested early and produced one chick. I was able to observe the chick from a distance while kayaking the last weekend in June. It was about half the size of the parents, a good sign. But on July 4th we observed the loon pair out on the lake and could not see the chick. Two days later a neighbor told me that a raptor had taken the chick the previous week. I was, and still am, very sad. A couple days later I began this piece:
I took a few breaks to finsh up a couple of other pieces but worked steadily on this with the studio windows open, listening for the occasional loon call.
I still need to hem the binding but will do that out on the dock, watching for the loons, hoping they will return and try again to raise chicks.