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Common Loons (Gavia immer)

Posted on Feb 17, 2015

There have been sizable groups of Common Loons (Gavia immer), with a few Red-throated Loons (Gavia stellata) occasionally mixed in, off Stratford, Connecticut lately. The waters of Long Island Sound have been a feeding frenzy for the species during this period with prolonged below-average temperatures, and some flocks like this have moved close to shore to dive for meals. On a dark and dreary day their grays blend in wonderfully with the water, making for exceptional camouflage.

Common Loons Stratford Point Long Island Sound feeding flock February-0448

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator