Kennebec Lake nature sightings

See also the Kennebec stewardship info. It will open in a separate browser tab.

2020 Sightings

August 1 2020
Although I (Noreen D) have not personally seen an Osprey nest on Kennebec Lake, I have seen Osprey soaring over Kennebec lake.

In case you are wondering what an Osprey nest might look like, here is a photo of an adult Osprey and a chick. This nesting box is at the top of a pole on Cty rd 43, near Port Elmsley. I have observed the pair of Osprey tending their nest from June and yesterday I saw at least one chick has hatched.
Photo by Noreen Dertinger

Osprey and chick. Photo by Noreen Dertinger

July 2020

I (Noreen D) have seen Great Blue Herons numerous times on the lake this July and August. The heron in this photo was fishing in the far east bay on July 5th. Photo by Noreen Dertinger

Great Blue Heron fishing. Photo by Noreen Dertinger

July 20, 2020
Various people have reported seeing a merganser family with seven chicks on the lake. Although the profile may seem similar to that of a loon, loons do not have more than two chicks. Also, loons do not travel well on land. The merganser and its chicks might be seen on land from time to time. Photo by Karine Barrass.

Osprey and chick. Photo by Karine Barrass

June 2020

On June 20, 2020, Gloria and Peter Smiley spotted a young buck near the Kennebec Lake shores lots (hwy 7). Photo by Gloria Smiley.

Young Buck. Photo by Gloria Smiley

In early June 2020, Krista Klesch reported that she and her family have Eastern Phoebes nesting at their cottage.

May 2020

This is a photo of an Oriole visiting Gloria and Peter Smiley's bird feeder on May 16, 2020 at their home on Kennebec Lake. Photo by Gloria Smiley.

In May, Krista Klesch and her family saw a wood duck, a great blue heron, an unidentifiable shore bird, an otter, 3 swans flying across the lake, a pair of hooded mergansers and a loon! They also heard a Great Horned Owl.

2019 notable sightings

On Sunday, May 5th three adult loons were spotted swimming in the narrow section of the lake, East of the bridge.
At first things seemed peaceful but evolved into a fight between two female loons fighting over a male loon and the
territory. The event was captured on video and can be viewed at

Some of the wild spring flowers, such as Trumpet Lilies, Liverwort, Violets, Trilliums and more are now flowering.

In the summer of 2019, a large American Eel was spotted in Kennebec Lake by Jill Mark. She said" you may also want to report that there is a very large American eel in this lake. I saw it around 7:30 this am along the south bank feeding. I am located where the trailers are close to the west end of Kennebec. This eel was a good 5 feet with a large head." Gray Merriam provided an article about the eel in Kennebec Lake.

loon symbol

Loon sightings - Kennebec Lake 2020

To share Kennebec Loon sightings with Kennebec Lake and for the latest updates about the Canadian Lakes Loon Survey, and how you can participate, please click the loon icon below.

feedback symbol