Job well done! The Loon just was not able to take off from such a slippery
surface. Saved from being an Eagles, or others, lunch. I wonder what the
landing looked like, lets give it a 10 for apparently being perfect, no
injury to the Loon.
From: "Bob Dill" <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2012 7:06 AM
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Red Throated Loon Story
> A friend (Phelps) and I skated off Sandbar State Park yesterday afternoon.
> As we came in Phelps spotted a bird on the ice. We came to shore for
> advice and more equipment. After several calls we talked to Carol
> Winfield in Westford who walked us through capture, transport and release.
> We borrowed an extra car coat from a neighbor of Phelps' who happened by
> at just the right time and skated back out to the bird. The capture was
> straight forward. I walked it back in rather than skating to reduce the
> risk of falling. A short drive took us to the bridge. The rocks near the
> bridge were free of ice after the recent warm weather so getting to the
> water was reasonable. I was able to place the bird on some ice covered
> rocks at the waters edge, remove the coat and give it a little nudge. It
> dove immediately and repeatedly. I will check tomorrow to verify that it
> has moved on. It was my first and, I am sure, will be my closest
> encounter with a Red Throated Loon.
> The following link should take you to some pictures of the bird and a
> short video of the capture (it was too dark and the 'too-many-ith-thing'
> to get pictures of the release).
> PS: anybody thinking of skating there, the ice is good must places but
> pretty tricky in others (especially around Cedar Island and another spot
> east of there)