This just came from Nancy Buttura:
Just wanted to let you know I saw 3 loons in the first pond a little bit
ago. Despite the cold and windy day we are having there is a big
section of open water and they were floating right in the middle,
probably happy to be back. Happy Easter.
I guess the loons are confident winter's over so they are staking their claim early. I think the males return first to lay claim to a nesting spot. It seems to be a little early for them to come back here, but as long as there's open water, they will be fine. These three may not be "our" loons - they could be loons passing through to some other open body of water. If they are gone in a day or so, we'll know they were just using this as a stop-over. Thanks for letting us know, Nancy.