Read on to learn about the characteristics that can help you to distinguish loons from common lookalikes. Pelicans and Seagulls are frequently seen flying amongst flocks of Cormorants, and while each type of bird flies in their own specific flock formation, they all coexist in one large movement. LOONS AND CORMORANTS The common loon is one of the most gorgeous birds on the planet when in his mating wardrobe. That kind of sounds awesome. Another type of bird that will stay here throughout the year is the White Ibis. PELICANS!" Loons are very sensitive to sounds and disturbances from humans, so if you see any admire them from a distance. Similar looking birds to Pacific Loon: Red-throated Loon Breeding adult, Red-throated Loon Nonbreeding adult, Common Loon Breeding adult, Common Loon Nonbreeding/immature, Arctic Loon Breeding, Arctic Loon Nonbreeding adult, Double-crested Cormorant Nonbreeding adult Common Loons are large, diving waterbirds with rounded heads and dagger-like bills. Loons like this area of the world too, especially during the winter. Loons winter south of the Mason Dixon line and migrate to all points of Canada, Alaska and even farther north. The loon has several beautiful calls: the endearing tremolo, the haunting wail, the distinct yodel, and the simple hoot. Young goslings are also susceptible to predation (like merganser ducklings), so a brood may be reduced to one or two chicks rather quickly. Loons in flight resemble plump geese with seagulls ' wings that are relatively small in proportion to their bulky bodies. Bill shape and color: The bill of the Common Loon is long, black, and pointed. Oh my! I can't comment on the canoes, as I don't know them, but I sure enjoy seeing your pictures! These long-legged waders are easily identified because of their long, curved, orange bills and matching orange legs. You probably aren't likely to see them on the beach, but if you go through any saltmarsh areas or where rain water has collected, there is a strong chance you'll see some. White Ibises, who prefer the saltmarsh habitat over the ocean, are also present here, and can be observed in good-sized flocks. Cooler temperatures have brought out coats, flannels, and long pants. © Copyright - Loon Preservation Committee. Seeing that many birds is quite a sight, and it's one I got to experience while walking on the beach recently. ). Common Loons are not able to stand upright and only go on land to nest or if they are sick or injured. Plus Cormorants are a bit gangly and awkward in appearance, and that whole thing with air-drying their wings before taking flight sets Cormorants apart from Loons. Adults have white plaumage and black-tipped wings, while juveniles have light brown plumage. I appreciate your interest in my blog and welcome your comments, Post Comments Characteristics useful for distinguishing these species include: Neck length: Common Loons have short, relatively thicker necks. Head color: The head of the Common Loon is black and iridescent. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the loon chick stages. Occassionally these unique-looking birds will breed in far northern points such as New York and British Columbia, but they're most commonly seen in our neck of the Atlantic. But the sun is still shining, the ferries are running, and this time of year makes the village pretty quiet and still. Cormorants are social birds; they like to stick together, but they are also accepting of other birds. I therefore dedicate the Pelican paragraph and photos to my mom. Their calls, which are all distinct and used to locate or warn one another, are quite eerie and borderline creepy. Their feet stick out beyond the tail (unlike ducks and cormorants… Behavior: Common Loons cannot walk upright and only go on land when nesting or injured. In New Hampshire, geese nest earlier than loons, so most Canada Goose chicks have already hatched by late spring. ( In flight, they look stretched out, with a long, flat body and long neck and bill. They actually rest more than they fish or fly. The bird pictures were spectacular as usual! In summer months Loons have black and white scalloped plumage and are most commonly seen in Canada. They have long bodies and short tails that are usually not visible. I love photography and use that venue to record wildlife and wilderness scenes for my personal enjoyment. When floating in water much of their body is submerged, primarily leaving just their long snake-like neck, head, and hooked bill visible. Common loons have larger bodies with a shorter, thicker neck and head. Juvenile loons (chicks older than 8-weeks) and immature loons (2nd year birds that occasionally summer on lakes) may be mistaken for female common mergansers. On an aside, I have distinct memories of my mom exclaiming, "Ooooooo! If you're interested in listening to any bird calls, go to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology website. Loons like quiet habitats, and when they aren't diving for fish they are resting.