Common Loon

Common Loons are monogamous, territorial birds and can be spotted on lakes in Canada but is rarely seen around Montreal. The bird catches its prey diving.

How to Identify?

Their diving behavior is characteristic for this species and similar only to Hooded Merganser and Cormorants. Body shape is more streamlined than Hooded Merganser and form of beak is very different to Cormorants.

We combine physical characterics and behavior patterns with location and seasonal aspects to identify species.

Where & When to Spot?

Rarely seen around Montreal and if so, usually it is a juvenile or non-breeding adult. To spot a Common loon you have to explore lakes more North. I saw and photographed my first Common loon in Victoriaville.

With each photo, we store date and geo-location providing us data about location and season of observation. We also use a tracking utility to save observations in the field when there was no opportunity to take a good shot.

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Common Names

Eistaucher [de]
Common Loon [en]
Colimbo grande [es]
Plongeon huard [fr]

Source: Wikipedia

Scientific Name

Gavia immer


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