Loon

Loon

Loon

Here in The Sea Ranch, you will find Red-throated Loon fishing in the waters just off shore. He will be in the same place that you will find Cormorant, Sea Pigeon, and Surf Scoter. At first glance, particularly at a distance, it may be difficult to tell him apart from Cormorant, but the bill is the give away. Loon has a pointed bill that he usually holds at a slight angle up in the air. Kind of snooty. To sailors in the Age of Sail it looked like the peg awl that they used to mend sails so they often called him Peg Awl Loon. Cormorant has a blunt bill with a sharp hook at the end (see Cormorant). Binoculars can be very useful when observing Loon.

Loon has been hunted by man for a very long time. Romans knew him, as did Indigenous peoples in northern countries who still hunt him and collect his eggs. Loon holds a position in legend similar to Duck. He is credited by many to have been the one that dove to the bottom of the ocean to bring back land for people to live on.

Loon is not loony, and is said to be considering legal action
against the use of the term "Loony Tunes.
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