Well you know that summer can’t be far away when you see your first loons of the season. The ice on Squam Lake disappeared early this year and as usual loons found the open water almost immediately. These wonderful birds live in open water year round and it seems like those that spend the winter off the coast of New England must make daily scouting trips during the Spring to Holderness and the NH Lakes Region (see our day trip map) until they spot enough open water to allow them to return to their summer home. There’s a special feeling we have about loons. While they’re not an endangered species they’re not plentiful. On Squam Lake there are only about 50 loons altogether and their population has been declining over the past several years. The Loon Preservation Society and others are working hard to understand this trend.
Many of us were first introduced to the Loon through the classic film On Golden Pond which, of course, was filmed here on Squam Lake. It’s hard to believe the movie was made over 25 years ago! It’s no surprise that when we arrived in Holderness and decided to purchase this property that we named our New Hampshire bed and breakfast after the movie. We have always felt that the peace and serenity that prevailed in the movie was the tone we wanted in our NH inn. The popularity of the movie continues to this day and every year we have hundreds of visitors who take one of the tours on Squam Lake not only to see places where On Golden Pond was filmed, but to get closeup views of our loon population. It’s certainly likely that New Hampshire travel and tourism has benefited from our loon population. If you haven’t seen a loon closeup (or even if you have) enjoy the attached video of a mother loon and her chicks.