I spent a great deal of my younger years on the central coast of Maine. I grew up loving the bird birds of the region, black ducks, puffins, great blue herons (then unknown in Indiana), terns, gulls and loons.
I’ve wanted to carve loons and it’s been suggested many time. I’ve not because I’ve felt strongly, for various — and probably trivial reasons, that I needed to focus on Indiana birds. I knew that loons were common migrants through our area, but I had never seen them.
On my two trips to Troy, Ohio this weekend Greg Adams showed me some hot birding spots in Henry County. Around Summit Lake we saw red tailed hawks, a bald eagle, coots, pie-billed grebes, double crested cormorants and a trio of loons in winter plumage,
This week I’ll be pulling my loon drawings and get to work making chips and sawdust.