I watched the loon make a couple aborted take off's this morning. The
attempts were up wind but across the narrow axis of the pond in light
wind. The pond is 50 x 110 meters with a SW long axis. The height to the
top of the fence is roughly 8 feet above the water.
they list “Takeoff distance from water 30-200 m (meters), depending on
wind and bird’s weight,” The Champlain Valley gets frequent strong south
winds that should allow a shorter take off distance. Rate of climb is an
issue as well. It looks like it will take a really windy day convince
the bird it is realistic. Temporarily removing the fence on the south
end would help.
In the mean time, there are lots of fish in the pond so it seems
unlikely the bird is going hungry.
On 6/6/2011 8:49 PM, Sally and Terry wrote:
> Is it not time to work out a way to put this bird in lake Champlain?
> I check the bird out often and it is just plain stuck.Does Fish and
> Wildlife have a plan?
> Sally Fellows
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vermont Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Carl Runge
> Sent: Monday, June 06, 2011 5:15 PM
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> Subject: [VTBIRD] Taft Corners Common Loon
> Is still present in the retention pond just to the west of Shaw's. It has
> there since May 18-20. Still looks healthy, diving, preening, etc. Must
> plenty of fish in the pond to eat.