Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A Loon Ranger Story

Had to share this amazing story from the March 2008 Loon Echoes newsletter from Joanne C. Williams at Michigan Loonwatch.It seems as Loon Rangers observe the same Loons frequently, keeping a careful distance and not disturbing them - that the Loon will begin to trust you. They seem to understand that they are not in danger from the Loon Rangers.

One Loon came to a Ranger's cottage for its' chick that was in trouble. "They act much as a cat or dog would when wanting someone to follow them, calling to win attention and then moving away and returning in a gesture that seemed to say 'Please follow.' When the Ranger did, he found "a chick was struggling hard to stay afloat while being caught and pulled down by something under the water. The Ranger lifted the chick out and found a small turtle holding onto the little bird's foot. The young one was freed and returned to the parents waiting only three feet away."

I was not only touched by the Loon Ranger's dedication to helping the Loon, but by the devotion and sophistication of the Loon parents to seek help.






9 comments:

Christy said...

That is really neat. Animals are such good sense of character.

Bird Girl said...

That is an amazing and precious story. I'm so happy with the outcome. Thanks, Shelley for sharing and for your great Loon photos!

Sandy said...

That was one great story!!! Nice photos too.

The Birdlady said...

I am so glad you shared that story. The rescuer had a wonderful opportunity.

kjpweb said...

It might happen to you in the future - now that you're a loonatic! ;)
Wonderful story!

Cheers, Klaus

Sandpiper (Lin) said...

What a wonderful story! I'm growing very fond of your loons!

NCmountainwoman said...

The world is fraught with such danger to the little Loons. I'm glad this one escaped.

troutbirder said...

What a good story to start my day with.... thanks!

Kathiesbirds said...

Wow, that's quite a story. Way to go Momma Loon!