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Common Loon. One of my favorite birds. Growing up, I had no idea they could be found in Washington. I thought they lived in places like Minnesota or New England or Canada. I was well past middle age when I saw, and heard, my first loons in the Okanogan Highlands. It’s one of the reasons we keep going back there, year after year. Where else can we listen to loons as we sit around the campfire or hear them at first light or watch them socialize with each and raise their youngsters on the clear cool water? Loons are remarkable birds. You can learn more about ‘the spirit of the north’ here.

It is worthwhile to click through all of these images and see some interesting loon behaviour. They clearly are very social, flying from one lake to another to ‘visit’ with the resident loons. They struggle to raise their young with the ever-present threat from hungry eagles also raising youngsters. The family we watched each day had two young the week before we arrived but only one when we were there. And that splashing! I don’t know what that’s all about. Loons often just tip over gently into the water, hardly leaving more than a ripple. Those four loons appeared to be fishing together and did this repeatedly while we watched for an hour or more. Others reported seeing the same activity.

8 Comments

  1. Terrifically done Teri. Also my favorite bird. After watching them in Canada for years, I was delighted to find them in WA.

  2. Gorgeous !

  3. Wow! Beautiful photos!!

  4. Wonderful sequence of photos. I do see them out here between Westport and Ocean Shores but not so close as you have here so wasn’t really noticing the neck band. Beautiful birds!


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  1. By And There Were Loons | My Everyday Photos on 02 Sep 2020 at 1:53 pm

    […] is the family we saw back in June. The youngster was still quite little then. Look here and scroll down til you see the little loon. Now it’s two and a half months old and nearly as […]

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