My friend Bill, we call him the “Birdman” joins me on the radio show often with great bird “tales” to tell. This week he was the “Loon Ranger” as he heads out on Fair Lake in Delton Michigan to build and position a floating Loon platform for the returning loons. The spring migration begins with the loons heading north from their winter homes on the Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico as northern ice recedes. Northernmost males arrive on their home lakes as soon as the ice is out, often within just hours. You can see from the gallery below (click to enlarge) that Bill positioned the platform with the assistance of the loons. He says they swam around instructing him how to build it and prodding him on to finish. Once the Birdman finished and left, you can see in the last photo as Bill confirmed that the “mating” immediately commenced.