Through the misty sunrise on a northern lake echoes a sound that stirs profound emotions in anyone who hears it: the haunting cry of the Common Loon.

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Listen for the wail of the loon while relaxing on Moose Pond. Often you may get a close up view while the loon is trolling for fish off the end of the dock.

The common loon, like all diving birds, specializes in catching and eating fish; they can dive to great depths (100 feet or more) and remain submerged for long periods (up to a full minute) in pursuit of a freshwater diet that consists of pike, perch, sunfish, trout, and bass . . . The loon will sit gracefully erect: head held high, occasionally lifting a webbed foot to waggle it or stretching and flapping a wing. It will suddenly dip its head into the water, peering left and right to locate its prey. Then, in an instant, the bird will silently slither beneath the surface on another fishing trip, submerged for what seems an inordinate amount of time... and then reappear some fifty to sixty yards away with its meal already swallowed.


Since loons are diving birds that use their eyesight to capture their food, they need clear water and healthy fish populations. This is why they are used as an indicator for lake water quality.


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