As my former neighbors Jim and Donna moved away last year, they bequeathed their year-old loon nesting platform to me. During its brief stint on the lake last year, a few loons looked it over but didn’t use it. The platform did play frequent host to a pair of ducks that simply used it as a sunning platform.
After a bit of research, I learned that the platform needed to be positioned in a different part of the lake. It needed to be in 4 to 5 feet of water, and at least 50 feet from shore, preferably near a marshy area. Furthermore, it needed some shelter from winds and waves. The only place on Thayer Lake that fit the bill was 1/4 mile directly across from the house, in a little naturally sheltered cove.
With a new destination selected, I prepared the nesting platform as instructed. I picked shoreline reeds to build up the central area of the nest, and connected a pair of concrete anchors to opposite corners of the frame. I then launched the platform from the front of the pontoon boat. Now, it’s up to the loons. Time will tell.