As we entered the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy's Wells Bay Preserve, we headed straight to the lakeshore. Sort of. I have to admit we were distracted and delayed quite a few times along the way by some wonderful wildflowers and spring ephemerals. But we got there as fast as nature nerds are able to walk through the woods. When we were still a few yards from the lake, we spotted what looked like a black and white blob in the water just offshore. We froze as we tried to decide what we were looking at. Then, the blob rolled over, and we realized it was a loon. Farther out, we could see another. I snapped several photos as they stretched and flapped their wings, then slowly swam away.