Loons spend the breeding season on inland lakes. While there, their primary goal is to successfully hatch and fledge at least one chick.
Male and female loons are identical in appearance, although males are generally about 25% larger than females.
Loon chicks grow rapidly over the first several weeks of their lives.
Some loon behaviors are necessary for self maintenance. Others are performed in response to other animals, including humans. Learning to read loon behavior can help us to enjoy these birds without causing them distress.
Lead poisoning resulting from the ingestion of lead fishing tackle is the leading cause of documented common loon mortality in New Hampshire.
The Loon Preservation Committee live streams two common loon nests each year, beginning shortly after ice-out and continuing well into July.