The nest is located in the New Hampshire lakeside area. North America is home to five species of divers found here: Little Black-throated Diver, Black-throated Diver, Black-throated Diver, Yellow-billed Diver, Red-throated Diver. Potato Cakes is the most widespread and best known species and the only one that breeds south in New Hampshire.
Diving usually bears two eggs. Incubation takes 25 to 30 days. Both partners take turns in the session. They often breed only one young one. The chicks hatch in the down, which is darker on the upper body, grayish brown on the lower light. They stay on the first day or after the first two days in the nest, then mount on the back of a female, which serves as a floating nest in the next period. The cubs can swim and dive right away. When about 40 days are old, they are able to fly. Their food is mainly fish.
1 camera transmission for 2019 is over. The egg was lost and the chick hatched was killed by an eagle a few hours after hatching.
Online broadcasting started with 2. May.
The couple we've been watching since 2014 came back this year! Both divers are ringed. The female has belts on her left leg - a belt with orange dots over a blue belt, a belt with blue dots on her right leg, over a silver belt. The male has a strip of red stripes and a green belt on his left leg, white and silver on his right leg.
This pair has an interesting history. The female was originally ringed as an adult in 1998. Divers mature at the age of three, so the female is at least 24 years old. Since divers do not breed successfully until they have 6 years, it is likely that this female is actually at least 27 years! We know less about the history of the male because it was caught in 2014 for ringing. At the time of ringing he was an adult, so we know he is at least 8 years old.
While we know with certainty that this pair is since 2014 together (when the male was first circled), it is possible that this pair is together much longer. Before the male was ringed in 2014, this female was paired with an unbound friend since 1999. This means that there is a chance (although it cannot be confirmed) that this pair is together for two decades! Since being ringed in 1998, this female has successfully reared 17 pups! At least 6 from these pups was spawned with the current male.
Sat, 25. May 2019 female lay down first egg.
Mon, 27. May 2019 second egg
28. May saw the loss of one egg during a hectic rotation on the nest. The egg was inadvertently thrown out of the nest.
The eagle visited the nest
Fri, 21. June 2019 - Bald Eagle visited the nest. The first indication was a father's alarm call and a quick retreat from the nest to the water. Eagles often go after chicks in the water. This eagle landed twice on the nest, but did not take it or hurt it. It's hard to believe that a bird able to catch live fish from water in flight was too clumsy to pick up an egg.
23. June 2019 turned out to be a cub. It was seen around five o'clock in the morning. 9 Morning: 06 appeared on the nest with a local bald eagle and grabbed the cub. The female fought, but she had to stay in the water to fight, on land the divers were clumsy. If she were in the water, she would have a better chance of defending him. But with the young on the nest, the eagle had a better advantage.
Expression of LPC
LPC is considering placing the raft here because of water level fluctuations. Now we have another reason. The predator protection we now use on all of our rafts would almost certainly prevent the loss of the baby, though it would be likely that the eagle would have made several attempts after the chick was in the water.
We at LPC are trying to use prudent judgment in the implementation of nesting rafts. We would prefer the New Hampshire diver population to recover from its natural nesting sites. For this reason, we use rafts only when the diver's territory is consistently experiencing nest failure due to a change in water level or egg predation. This area has a history of nesting success using a natural nest. But now we have two reasons to consider installing a nesting raft.
Online transmission - the second nest - the nest is artificially created and covered with predators.
Loon Preservation Committee
Incubation of the egg on the nest
The male returns to the nest
The sea eagle landed on the nest
Shot of an egg close up
A hatchling hatched
Attack of a bald eagle on a cub