Facts about loons

    The loon is a large diving bird found in the northern half of the Northern Hemisphere. Like other divers, loons are well protected against the cold of deep water. They are swift swimmers and divers and expert fish and frog catchers. Loons are commonly called the great northern divers.

   Loons resemble ducks but may reach three feet in length. They live in ground nests along a lake edge. The nests are built of sticks, reeds, and moss. A loon usually lays two dark greenish-brown eggs.

   Loons are not frequently seen at close range, as they are suspicious and quick to take cover. They are extremely adept at swimming and diving, propelling themselves by means of both feet and wings. The bird has an eery wild cry.