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By: jkr (offline) on Saturday, April 24 2010 @ 07:41 PM EDT (Read 16691 times)  
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Common Loons -- Minnesota Bound

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Video: http://www.youtube.com/user/Celebrating ... jee6YVsGIs" rel="nofollow">Common Loons Mating

A Common Loon family has taken residency on this nesting platform, located in Central Minnesota and built by Larry Backlund, for over a decade.

Gavia immer
Order: Gaviiformes
Family: Gaviidae

The cam is sponsored by Minnesota Bound. It has both sound and night vision.

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Link to web log: http://mnbound.com/larrys-loon-blog/

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By: beans (offline) on Wednesday, May 05 2010 @ 02:22 PM EDT  
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Video: http://www.youtube.com/user/Celebrating ... mQRFgtU1wg" rel="nofollow">Minnesota Loons Have an Egg in Their Nest


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By: beans (offline) on Wednesday, May 05 2010 @ 02:22 PM EDT  
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These birds have disappeared from some lakes in eastern North America due to the effects of acid rain and pollution, as well as lead poisoning from fishing sinkers and mercury contamination from industrial waste. Artificial floating nesting platforms have been provided for loons in some lakes to reduce the impact of changing water levels due to dams and other human activities.

The Great Northern Loon is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

This diver is well-known in Canada, appearing on the "loonie" coin and the previous series of $20 bill, and is the provincial bird of Ontario. Also, it is the state bird of Minnesota.

The voice and appearance of the Great Northern Loon has made it prominent in several Native American tales. These include a story of a loon which created the world in a Chippewa story; a Micmac saga describes Kwee-moo, the loon who was a special messenger of Glooscap, the tribal hero; native tribes of British Columbia believed that an excess of calls from this bird predicted rain, and even brought it; and the tale of the loon’s necklace was handed down in many versions among Pacific Coast peoples. Folk names include big loon, black-billed loon, call-up-a-storm, ember-goose, greenhead, guinea duck, imber diver, ring-necked loon, and walloon.

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By: jkr (offline) on Wednesday, May 05 2010 @ 03:21 PM EDT  
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Beans I had no idea they'd finally laid an egg. Nice to see and I hope we see many more Smile
I'm assuming this is Mom incubating.
The wind is blowing something fierce.
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By: jkr (offline) on Sunday, May 16 2010 @ 09:51 AM EDT  
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Sunday, May 16, 2010
Mom sitting on her eggs in the sunshine.
I keep thinking those plants look a lot like irises.
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9:08 am
Mom went for a swim and we can now see the eggs.
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By: jkr (offline) on Sunday, May 16 2010 @ 10:12 AM EDT  
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9:09 am
Mom returning to the nest.
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Giving the eggs a good roll.
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9:10 am
Settles in to incubate
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By: beans (offline) on Tuesday, May 18 2010 @ 12:29 PM EDT  
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By: beans (offline) on Tuesday, May 18 2010 @ 10:00 PM EDT  
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Can you match the calls in the above video with one of the loon calls on the BLOG?

May 17 BLOG with links to several different loon calls


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