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Eric Hansen
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PostSat Apr 11, 2015 7:12 pm 
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General, glad you enjoy it. Gotta love that soundtrack.

Is it possible there is a statewide birding list serve in Washington? I'm thinking there'd be some web based network like that reporting bird sightings that would make finding loons relatively reliable.

I'm in Wisconsin (visit N. Cascades every summer) and we have a birding list serve here that comes in handy, alerts you to Snowy Owls, other visiting notables.
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PostSun Apr 12, 2015 5:13 am 
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Small Thread Hijack,

Common loons used to appear on Lake Stevens here in Snohomish County on intermittent basis.  Have not seen one in years.

I believe Common Mergansers and Double Breasted Cormorants have "pushed out" many of the other fresh water ducks out of their normal ranges.  One theory is that plantings of trout fry on the inland lakes are a smorgasbord for those two big aggressive diving waterfowl.

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PostTue Sep 27, 2016 10:07 am 
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Spotted 3 Common Loons at Penrose Point State Park this last Sunday. They haven't called yet this year, but I've heard them each year for the last 4 years.

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PostTue Sep 27, 2016 12:53 pm 
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Saw at least a pair of common loons still in summer plumage at Ebby's landing a week ago.

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PostTue Sep 27, 2016 1:25 pm 
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Having had the good fortune to work my entire career on a scenic saltwater waterfront, I often see loons in the littoral areas in spring and fall.  But over many, many years, I have never heard one make a single call.  Just once I saw one on a large lake in the Cascades, I think it was Colchuck, but that one did not make a noise either.  I have heard the calls a few times but never in Washington state.

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PostFri Jun 29, 2018 1:55 pm 
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Just spent a couple days at Bonaparte Lake.  Yes, there were loons and they were noisy.  If you want to hear them, go camp in the Forest Service Campground and start making loon noises.  They will answer.

There were very tame duck families cruising along the shoreline too.  While hiking up the trail, I also saw a big woodpecker.

That's about as detailed about birds as I can get.  My slightly used dog and I gave up a lot of blood to the really small wildlife.

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PostSun Jul 01, 2018 7:51 am 
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Treeswarper,

Thanks for the information.

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PostSun Jul 01, 2018 3:25 pm 
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We were camping at Lake Curlew, north of Republic on Father's Day weekend. Every morning about 4 were right outside cabin. Since my hearing fails me, I could not hear them but took a few pictures.

This is east of Bonaparte Lake as treeswarper mentioned.

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PostSun Jul 01, 2018 4:05 pm 
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From late September to April I always see Common Loons just offshore at Penrose Point State Park. On occasion I have heard them call in late September/early October at Penrose. In the winter and early spring I have seen Common and Pacific Loons at Dungeness Spit on many occasions. I have never heard them call at Dungeness Spit.

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Toni, the Bonaparte loons were annoyingly loud.  Their repertoire was impressive.  I've heard looms before, but this time It was quite a performance.

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PostWed Oct 07, 2020 1:23 pm 
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I hear the loons every morning out my window in October. I'm looking at 5 of them right now. They're along all of Whidbey Island in the winter.
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PostWed Oct 07, 2020 7:00 pm 
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Enjoyed their songs @ Stehekin this past weekend

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