Common Loons and Looney Weather

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Common Loon in nonbreeding plumage in the Gulf of MexicoCommon Loon in nonbreeding plumage in the Gulf of Mexico

The weather the past few days has been looney, high winds in excess of 65 mph hit on the 14th causing power outages, toppled trees, dust storms and accidents. The high temp that day officially was 76°F but it dropped like a rock when the cold front finally arrived. Then it rained and in the late afternoon it started to snow. It snowed overnight and all day yesterday in the middle of April after a lot of the trees had bloomed and leafed out.  On the news last night they said we got 7.5 inches but I think it was a bit more where I live. It might seem odd, because it is, but this one snow brought nearly as much or more snow than I saw on the ground here all winter. And it isn’t winter any more!

Common Loon in breeding plumageCommon Loon in breeding plumage

Anyway, when I thought about our looney weather it reminded me of loons, specifically Common Loons because there have been many reports of them here this past week. A few of those reports mentioned that the loons were calling and that brought back fond memories of hearing them as a child in Michigan. Their haunting call stays with you forever after hearing it. I’d love to hear it again.

The top image of a Common Loon in nonbreeding plumage was taken at Fort De Soto County Park in Florida in March of 2009. The second image was taken here in Utah at Deer Creek Reservoir last May. I haven’t been able to get the high quality images of Common Loons that I would like to have.

And that along with our crazy weather is beginning to make me a little looney!

Life is good.


2016-12-07T12:07:58+00:00April 16th, 2015|Categories: Birds, Common Loons, Florida, Fort De Soto County Park, Utah|Tags: , , , |5 Comments


  1. Alex (stu) April 18, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Great Great Photo !

  2. Patty Chadwick April 17, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Love the color snd wuality of the water in the first image…as much as ghe subtle colors of the bird…Nice!!!

  3. Utahbooklover April 16, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    I agree global warming has resulted in more intense and weird weather, however spring tends to be erratic. For example, I recall getting a lot of snow that damaged trees in June several decades ago in the Salt Lake area.

    • Utahbooklover April 23, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      Our little local newspaper told of a similar storm exactly 98 years ago in Brigham City.

  4. Elephant's Child April 16, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    The weather seems to be weird the world over at the moment.
    Love your loons. And their call. And their name.

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