GREEN LAKE ASSOCIATION MAINE
On Saturday, July 18, 2020, the 37th annual loon count took place. Donna Megquier and volunteers Jim Cochrane, Naomi Finlay, Joe Jenkins, Lorraine Mooers, Kathy Smith, Christy Stout, Wendell Leonard, Bonnie Trigg, Barbara Hobbs, Scotty Folger, Sharon Ludden, Emily Cambria and Scott Votey conducted the loon count this summer. It was a very foggy, cool morning and the counters spotted 34 adult loons and 0 chicks.
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A soft short contact call between birds. Adults will hoot to each other, and parents will hoot to chicks, enabling them to keep in touch with the whereabouts of the other birds.
This call is produced exclusively by males and is used in territorial situations and aggressive encounters with other birds. Males will also yodel if a predator is seen that may be approaching the chicks, such as when an eagle flies overhead. Yodeling males crouch flat to the water.
Often called the "laughing call" of the loon, the tremolo is actually an alarm call in threatening situations, such as when a boat is approaching a chick or a nest too closely. This call is also often produced by flying loons and used in the "nocturnal chorus."
A long, one, two or three note call used in situations when loons want to move closer to one another. Parents will wail to their chicks to encourage the chicks to leave the nest, approach the parents when they have food or emerge from a hiding place.