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  • 2 Aug 2020 1:41 PM | SLA Reporter (Administrator)

    We're very excited to announce that one loon chick hatched sometime late on 7/29 or early 7/30!!!!  If you are on the lake and see the mother and chick, PLEASE keep a 150’ distance away so they do not feel threatened.

    The Common Loon is not very “common” at all.  They are an iconic and beloved species on northern lakes, and their unique and haunting call is a symbol of the wilderness for many of us in New England.  They have four main calls which they use to communicate with their families and other loons. Each call has a distinct meaning and serves a unique function.  (Learn more about these calls on loon.org)

    This year, Lake Spofford’s resident common loon pair has nested on Pierce Island. Lake Spofford presents as an ideal location for a pair of New Hampshire loons because of its large size and centrally located island, which allows the loons easy access to the shore for nesting while protecting the nest from mainland egg predators. Unlike other water birds such as ducks or geese, loons are virtually immobile on land, and having a low shoreline is required so the pair can easily get back and forth to the nest and the water.

    Although nesting has been reported in previous years by Spofford Lake residents, this is the first year the in recent memory that this mated pair which has been present on the lake for at least the last six summer seasons,  produced a chick.

    Loons are very particular and take lots of time selecting just the right breeding location. Nests often fail, and due to those failures or predators like eagles, the average loon pair in NH raises just one chick to fledging age every two years.  That’s one of the reasons that loons are protected. 

    Please share in the joy of the lake’s “very uncommon” loon residents, but watch or photograph from a safe 150-foot distance.  We are very fortunate to have a loon family for all to enjoy.

    To learn more about why loons are so special, including their behavior, appearance, chick development, and what their calls mean, visit the following websites.

    https://loon.org
    https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Common_Loon/id
    https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/lead-fishing-tackle-is-still-a-problem-for-common-loons/

    Thanks Jeff Newcomer for the above pictures. For more of Jeff's Spofford Lake photos go to:  https://www.partridgebrookreflections.com/ (My Photographs, All My Photographs, Around New England, Spofford Lake)



  • 19 Jul 2020 12:01 PM | SLA Reporter (Administrator)

    Fortunately, the eaglets survived the loss of their Wheeler Point nest in a recent windstorm. Here, one of the pair waits for his/her parents to return with lunch. Flying lessons have been minimal. Soon, however, mama & papa will tire of feeding them (sound familiar?) and they'll be out of the nest hunting for themselves. 

    The loon chick has also arrived at the lake but do not tell the eagles!! It's just the right size for 'take-out' for these juvenile eagles. 

  • 5 Jul 2020 5:55 PM | SLA Reporter (Administrator)

    A paddle boarder, with tether unattached and no life jacket, nearly drowned mid afternoon on July 4th. Unable to swim to his board after losing his balance, he was very lucky that Meredith Donaher and Josh Hagstrom saw that he was drowning.  Lucky too that both are accomplished swimmers and that Meredith had water rescue training. Nearly unconscious when they got him to shore, the man was recovering when the Spofford Fire Department arrived.

    Thanks to Meredith, Josh and the Spofford Fire Department. Well done.

    Lesson: You can actually drown.  Think safety on  the water. Paddle boarders, tether the board to your ankle and wear your life preserver.


  • 29 May 2020 12:00 PM | SLA Reporter (Administrator)

    Last fall the DES funded an $80,000 grant to help shoreline property owners reduce their stormwater runoff. The grant will pay for consultants’ planning expenses and materials which could include plants, shrubs, stone, soil, mulch, gutters, rain barrels, etc. The property owner then supply the volunteer labor or hired labor to complete the project.

    Earlier this spring, members of FB Environmental visited nine properties on the Lake as a first step in this grant process. They will provide recommendations for land owners to make changes on their property that when completed will reduce the amount of stormwater that runs into the lake, getting us closer to the goals set in the Watershed Management Plan.

    For this first round the grant 9 properties were selected that will have the greatest impact when improvements are made. The SLA will continue to apply for the 319 grant each year to involve more and more property owners.


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