Date: 4/23/18 6:29 am From: WayneF <waynef...> Subject: [birders] Stranded loon in Canton
We got about 50 feet from the loon without it diving. The water is deep enough that I couldn't touch bottom with my canoe paddle. The water is kind of dirty, lots of algae, so I might not want to wade in it.
Multiple canoes might work. The problem it that if it surfaces near a canoe it immediately goes back down again, so fast that all you see is the splash.
One possibility that occurred to me is a long net, like a mist net, that could be stretched across the pond. Then someone in a canoe could drive it into the net, and retrieve it.
Explosive nets or tranquilizer darts clearly need someone who knows what they are doing.
I am about to go out of town for a few days, so I am not available to participate.
> On Apr 23, 2018, at 1:42 AM, Bruce Bowman <brucebowman99...> wrote:
> How close were you able to get in the canoe? Close enough that the loon might be captured by using an explosive charge to drop a net over it? The loon would no doubt submerge, trying to swim out from under the net.
> How deep is the water in the retention pond? Could several people with nets wade into the pond and corall the bird?
> Would it be possible to shoot the bird with a dart to incapacitate it the way wild animals (mammals)
> are on Animal Planet and NatGeo Wild?
> On April 22, 2018 8:56:50 PM Sherri Smith <grackle...> wrote:
> Trapped loon
> Yesterday Wayne fFsher and an assistant went out to try to catch the Canton Loon in Wayne’s canoe and couldn’t come close to catching it. He felt several canoes together might succeed. Long handled nets required. If someone can organize this, it would be great. let me know. Sherri Smith 734 994-6287.
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>> <frankinmi...>: Apr 21 09:08PM -0400
>> As of this evening the loon is still in the small retention pond behind the Townplace Suites by Marriott (this is a slight correction to the hotel name that was on yesterdays post by Wayne). The hotel is on the NE corner of Ford and Haggerty Roads in Canton, MI across the street from the Canton IKEA. We watched him for an hour and he was active, dove a lot and called several times. From 7 pm to 7:20 pm he made 9 vigorous attempts at flying out of the pond. He ran out of room and abandoned all of the attempts before getting airborne.
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>> WayneF <waynef...>: Apr 21 04:07PM -0400
>> Yesterday there was a loon in a retention pond at Ford Rd and Haggerty ( north of the Town Plaza hotel). The pond is only about 100 feet across, so probably too small for it to take off.
>> I'm not sure if there is anything that can be done for it. The pond is too small for it to take off, but big enough for it to evade would-be rescuers.
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