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Eerie Chorus of 17 Loons Sings Together


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For those of us who have spent a lifetime seeking out the beauty of the loon's song, this will be a real treat.

Joanne Long hit the jackpot back at the end of August when she happened to be at Drew's Lake in Aroostook County, Maine. 17 loons went swimming by, and fortunately for the rest of us there's at least some great video.

While you cannot quite see all 17 at once in the video, rest assured that they are all there. It's just that most of us haven't heard--or possibly even seen--that many of the genus Gavia in the same place and at the same time.

Sit back and listen to the sound that makes us all wish for summer evenings at the cottage with the family. Here's what we all miss in the winter:

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This is what 17 loons swimming together on Maine lake sounds like

SOUND UP?: Most Mainers know what a loon sounds like. But have you ever heard 17 loons in a chorus as they glide down a lake? (?:Joanne Long) >http://bit.ly/2PnfHUT

Posted by WGME CBS 13 News, Portland on Thursday, August 29, 2019

There are three basic kinds of loons: the common loon, (Gavia immer) the black-throated loon, (Gavia arctica) and the red-throated loon (Gavia stellata).

They mostly are the size of a large duck or a small goose (such as a brant) and are commonly seen on Northern lakes and ponds during the summer months where their mesmerizing song can be heard far into the evening.

Many loons will stay on these lakes until the first ice, hunting everything from small fish to one of their favorite meals, the crawfish. If only we had the wherewithal to fish like these fantastic birds we might be able to go pro!

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