Jordan Lake. Loons and grebes really do not like to fly. I was delighted this morning when this common loon flew into sight. Note his legs…they are long and begin right under his tail … great for swimming underwater but means the loon can’t stand up and walk so he avoids being on land.
Common Loon Returns
Jordan Lake. This morning with Captain Doug we found our first common loon of the season. It is very early. Usually don’t see the loons till about Thanksgiving. You will notice that the water was rather rough. If you’re at the lake at first light or just before dusk, stop, be still and listen … you may hear a loon’s haunting call.
Doc Ellen’s Evening Note 03/26/2021
Jordan Lake: I don’t often get to see the beginning of the breeding plumage change in the common loon as usually these beautiful birds have all headed north by now. The loon’s plumage patterns are startling and, yet, its face is wistful. I watched it for a moment, thinking about changes in all of our lives. May you have a peaceful night and dream with the loon who is probably hundreds of miles north by now.
peace and grace, Doc Ellen
Doc Ellen’s Natural Minute 11/05/2020
Captain Doug and I were on the lake, checking bald eagle nests and enjoying the beautiful autumn day. We came upon a small flock of common loons who were also enjoying the warmth. Loons are winter visitors here and their lovely calls can be heard in the early mornings and late evenings. Captain Doug tried to ease in front of the loons so I could get some face shots, but, the loons easily grouped, turned direction and then lined out and left us behind. They are fast swimmers and they left me and the little iPhone behind a couple of times too!
Jordan Lake: Common Loons