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Loons call in winter?
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Author:  davidcalderisi [ Mar 14 1:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Loons call in winter?

Helping a writer friend with some research. Can anyone here tell me if loons call in winter? For example, on a Christmas eve at Tofino, might it be possible to hear a loon? Most appreciative for a reply. Thanks.

Author:  Jeremy Gatten [ Mar 15 1:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Loons call in winter?

Hi David,

Loons primarily call on their breeding territories, but it is not uncommon to hear them during migration windows in spring and fall, too. There is a call on xeno-canto (an online library of user-contributed sound recordings) from early January of a loon giving its dissonant wail call on a reservoir in Colorado, so it's not completely unheard to hear winter calls. It could be a Christmas miracle!

Jeremy Gatten
Saanichton, BC

Author:  Robert [ Mar 31 12:42 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Loons call in winter?

I heard one calling today. First time for me.

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