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Thread subject: Maine loon cam
Name Date Message
Pam 06/24/05 08:56 am It looks like we have a hatching underway if you can get on to the website. You can hear the hatching chick which is getting more and more persistent and the sitting loon more and more fidgety, although loathe to get up. The connection is very poor.
Pam 06/24/05 09:38 am ...and now the connection is non-existant. After patiently watching all this time I don't think I will catch the hatching. The chick will only be on the nest for about 2 hours then it will go into the water and will not return to the nest. If anyone has managed to connect, could you please try and get some screengrabs ?
Anne 06/24/05 11:38 am She is still there at 1634 GMT. Is there another egg to hatch?

BTW Pam, I dont think you saw my question about the European names of the common loon and Arctic loon. Obviously the Maine bird is a great northen diver, but is the Arctic loon what we would call a yellow-billed loon?
Anne 06/24/05 11:39 am sorry, I should have said British Summer Time.
Pam 06/24/05 12:19 pm Anne - hope this answers your question - quote:

The Great Northern Diver, known in North America as the Common Loon (Gavia immer), is a large member of the loon, or diver, family. Adults are typically 73-88cm (28-36in) in length with a 122-148cm wingspan, slightly smaller than the similar White-billed Diver. Common Loons weigh between 2.7 and 6.3 kg with a mean value around 4.1 kg.

It breeds in Canada, parts of the northern United States, Greenland, and Alaska. There is a smaller population (ca. 3000 pairs) in Iceland. The female lays 2 eggs on a mound of vegetation very close to water. Both parents build the nest and feed the young.

It winters on sea coasts or on large lakes over a much wider range in Northern Europe and the British Isles as well as in North America.

Distinguishing identifiers: The only diver with head all black and a white necklace; black bill distinguishes it from the White-billed Diver.

Breeding adults have a black head, white underparts, and a chequered black-and-white mantle. Non-breeding plumage is drabber, with the chin and foreneck white. Its bill is grey or whitish and held horizontally.

It flies with its neck outstretched.

This species, like all divers, is a specialist fish-eater, catching its prey underwater, diving as deep as 200 feet. Freshwater diets consist of pike, perch, sunfish, trout and bass; salt water diets consist of rock cod, flounders, sea trout and herring.

The connection is still terrrible for the Loon cam but the chick is now out under the parent's right wing and I managed to get a couple of captures before losing the pic yet again (sigh). There is another egg and if it is fertile it should hatch tomorrow.
Anne 06/24/05 12:42 pm Thanks for that. They are so beautiful in their summer plumage ar'nt they. Quite non-descript in winter, although I am always thrilled when I get to see one. There was a stunner on a res in Lincolnshire last Feb which I called to see on our way back from Norfolk.

The other day you mentioned that the Arctic loon had silvery chicks and I was wondering what an Arctic loon is in our Collins or Lars Jonsson guides.
Pam 06/24/05 01:23 pm Anne - I think it would be Black-Throated Diver
Anne 06/24/05 04:19 pm Oh yes of course - gavia arctica. Why dident I think of that !

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