This is What it Sounds Like When 17 Loons Sound Off at The Same Time

   09.25.19

Witnessing two bucks slam antlers together underneath your treestand will get your adrenaline pumping like you’ve never felt before. Now, on the complete opposite end of the spectrum, get a load of this scene captured by a woman in Maine on Drew’s Lake in Aroostook County.

The video shows what Joanne Long describes on Facebook as 17 loons in a chorus gliding down the lake.

Although, if you close your eyes, it can almost take you back to those summer nights at the lake house with family and friends, swapping stories around the fire late at night. This is a sound we will surely miss when we get hit with a “polar vortex”:

According to AllAboutBirds.org, there are three basic species of loons: the Red-throated Loon, the Pacific Loon and the Common Loon.

Common Loons are large, diving waterbirds with rounded heads and dagger-like bills. They have long bodies and short tails that are usually not visible. In flight, they look stretched out, with a long, flat body and long neck and bill. Their feet stick out beyond the tail, (unlike ducks and cormorants) looking like wedges.

In summer, adults have both a black head and bill, a black-and-white spotted back, and a white breast. From September to March, adults are plain gray on the back and head with a white throat. The bill also fades to gray. Juveniles look similar, but with more pronounced scalloping on the back.

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