The Common Loon
As the weather begins to change the ice on our lakes in the Kawartha’s will begin to disappear. This will also mean the Common Loon will soon start their migration north. The Loons spend the winter season along the Atlantic, Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico coasts. Some Loons will winter on the various inland reservoirs.
It has been documented that a Loon can fly 580 to 815 kilometers during two consecutive days. Loons will return to the lakes and rivers in the springtime, usually in April and early May. At the ages of 2 to 5 the Loon will return to its breeding grounds. Males will return nearer to their natal territory than females. It may take up to 3 years before the Loon will settle into an area. If the Loon has not acquired a territory by 6-8 years of age they usually attempt to seize a territory from an established adult after a violent and prolonged battle. One-third of all territorial takeovers results in the death of the displaced male. The male selects the site for the nest so a secured territory is very important.
Please stay tuned to my next blog. I will explain the nest selection and the birth of the Loon chick.
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