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Oldest Known Loon – Either Male or Female, Don’t Know Which, They’re Both the Oldest

We had a gorgeous sunset last night. he water was as calm as I’ve ever seen it. It was like a mirror. In fact, what few ripples there were, were reflecting and were illuminating the big evergreens that line the beach with an eerie, iridescent sheen. I tried to capture it; we’ll see later if I succeeded. Today, we launched to Seney, one of our favorite birding destinations. It was hot, 84 ºF for a high, and I was wearing a long-sleeved shirt, jeans and shoes as bug protection and even in the heat, I was glad that I did. We did get out of our vehicle from time-to-time, but often there were dozens of laced-winged biting flies on both side mirrors and side windows. We saw lots of Trumpeter swans and their new cygnets too and the two oldest known loons. The bird version, not the birder version. The male is 34 years old and the female is 37 years old. Not sure which one is pictured. They both stayed underwater about 99% of the time, surfacing only for a second or two, before diving again. This made their photography very difficult. You would think that such geriatric birds would have more trouble holding their breath for so long. We also saw, but could not photograph a Bittern that first made a splash in the reeds beneath us as we were waiting for the loons to resurface and then overflew us by mere feet. The one that got away. Some bad news, good news. The visitor center has reopened, but it is closing again at the end of next month. Seney has managed to score beaucoups bucks for a major, three-to-six-year facelift. After it closes, it will be demolished and a new one built in its place. Also, the dirt roads that we drove over today will likely close soon too. A number of the narrow bridges along these paths are scheduled for replacement. On the way home, we ran into a lot of rain and the cabin was as cool as we had left it in the morning. Not sure if we’ll have a sunset tonight.

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