Even though I’ve been surveying lakes for loons for a long time (I won’t say how long), it’s always a thrill to find a loon sitting on shore at the start of the month long incubation period. Today, I visited 9 territories and found 5 active nests. Two birds were busy throwing whatever he or she could reach onto the nest to form the bowl. The pair on Zack Woods Pond was courting near the island nest site, with one bird cooing softly as it drifted near the shoreline. Once I showed up to place some of the new nest warning signs, they became more curious in me. I was able to take several photos of them posing near the signs. They obviously like the new easier to read text.