Common Loon

Gavia immer

Imposing winter visitor
Totally different look in breeding plumage
Sleek head of a powerful diver
Gorging on flounder
I like crab as well
Any crustacean will do!
Rhode Island lobster is the best!
When the predator becomes the prey
30 to 440 yards required for take-off, depending on wind
Clocked at 70 mph flying between breeding and wintering grounds
Both parents build nest from dead vegetation
Incubation lasts 26 to 29 days
Both parents feed young; male larger than female
Chick can dive one day after hatching but take up to 77 days before fledging
Parents and two chicks consume over 40 lbs of fish per week
Juveniles have brown plumage
Plumage of immature same as wintering adult

Species account to come.

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