Over the past few years, the same pair of Common Loons have unsuccessfully attempted to nest in the South Bay portion of Wachusett Reservoir. The same pair returned again this year to continue their saga.
This year's dry spring exposed a sandbar that provided what seemed to be a protected area for the pair to nest. Unfortunately, the rains over the past two weeks caused the waters to rise. Last week Mass Wildlife Rangers briefly removed the two eggs and dumped additional sand and gravel on the sandbar to shore up the nest. Despite the disruption, the Loons returned to the nest, providing me am opportunity last Saturday to watch the pair and another Loon that briefly joined them.
Unfortunately, the continued rains this week were too much. The waters continued to rise eventually covering the eggs.