The Loons on Lake Ninevah, VT

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Loons on Lake Ninevah - Photo: J. Booth 2004

Common Loon (Gavia immer) - This primitive bird has since become a symbol of grace, beauty, and wildness for many people.

Native Americans believed it was “The Spirit of the Northern Waters,” and the French named it “The Diver with the Necklace.” Of the four species of loons found in North America, the common loon is the only breeding species in Vermont.

Loons are sensitive to disturbances, especially during the breeding season. People are encouraged to remain at least 300 feet from nesting and nursery areas during this period

DESCRIPTION: A dark head and black, pointed bill distinguish the common loon from other loons. In the summer, the neck has two large, white patches striated vertically with black, a white breast and abdomen, and a black back geometrically spotted with white in lateral rows. During the winter, the plumage is like the juvenile’s—dark above with white below.

Common Loon Factsheet by Vermont Fish & Wildlife (application/pdf)987.55 KB
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