The saga of loons taking bait and/or fish just caught continued on Lake Fairlee this past weekend. Here are some photos after the capture. Thanks to Chris and Melissa Madden for helping with the capture and Suzy Kerr, Doug Tifft and many others for monitoring the bird and keeping us informed of its whereabouts. Melissa Madden took the photos.
The loon likely had ingested a hook and line but was actually trying to
eat a small fish when we found it Sunday night. It could not swallow
anything at the time as a large wad of line was lodged in the throat and
tightly wound around both the upper and lower mandibles. The bird was
weak but feisty, so we banded and released it after removing the line
with my surgical paper scissors. If the loon can begin to eat some
small fish, it might recover; if not, then its chances are not so good.
We at least gave the loon a second chance.