Montana common loon pair hatch three goslings

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On June 10, 2021 on a private lake in the Crystal Lakes area near Eureka, Montana, a resident nesting loon pair successfully hatched three chicks. Three chicks! Loons only lay two eggs each clutch. But that wasn't the only surprise for photographer and area property owner Bob LeBlanc. These chicks were bright yellow. They were goslings!

On May 6, Bob reported that a loon pair began incubation on their artificial nesting platform. Loon observers know that geese, which return earlier in spring than loons, are also fond of this secure nesting habitat, so territorial battles often occur between lo...

 

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