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"Common Loon"
Common Loon:    Ehrlich, Dobkin, and Wheye, in their 1988 publication "The Birder's Handbook", wrote "While loons may be thought to have been named for their crazy calls, the term actually is a corruption of the word loom which means 'lame' in the language of the Shetland Island, and refers to the awkwardness of these birds on land."

Breeding plumage
April ... Columbia River at Kalama, Washington ...

Image, 2013, Kalama, Washington, click to enlarge
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Common Loon, Columbia River at Kalama, Washington. Overcast, rain showers, and some sun breaks. Image taken April 14, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


May ... Tokeland, Washington ...

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Common Loon, Willapa Bay, Tokeland Marina, Tokeland, Washington. Sunny WINDY spring day. Image taken May 9, 2012. Canon Rebel T2i, 300mm with 1.4 "doubler".


May ... Columbia River at Hammond, Oregon ...

Image, 2010, Hammond Boat Basin, Columbia River, Clatsop Spit, Oregon, click to enlarge Image, 2010, Hammond Boat Basin, Columbia River, Clatsop Spit, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Common Loon, Columbia River at Hammond, Clatsop Spit, Oregon. Day overcast but no rain. Hammond Boat Basin. Image taken May 2, 2010. Canon Rebel T1i, 300mm.


May ... Columbia River at Clatsop Spit, Oregon ...

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Common Loon, Columbia River at Clatsop Spit, Oregon. Overcast and rain. Image taken May 2, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


Non-breeding plumage ... (arranged monthly)
January ... Ilwaco, Washington ...

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Common Loon, Ilwaco, Washington. Image taken January 27, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Common Loon, Ilwaco, Washington. Image taken January 27, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Common Loon, Ilwaco, Washington. Image taken January 27, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Common Loon, Ilwaco, Washington. Image taken January 27, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


January ... Lewis River at Woodland, Washington ...

Image, 2012, Lewis River, Woodland, Washington, click to enlarge
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Common Loon, Lewis River, Woodland, Washington. Overcast and gray. Image taken January 31, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


March ... Ilwaco, Washington ...

Image, 2012, Ilwaco, Washington, click to enlarge
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Common Loon, Ilwaco, Washington. Image taken March 8, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Common Loon, Ilwaco, Washington. Image taken March 8, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


May ... Westport Marina, Westport, Washington ...

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Common Loon, Westport Marina, Westport, Washington. Overcast spring day. Image taken May 19, 2012. Canon Rebel T2i, 300mm with 1.4 "doubler".
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Common Loon, Westport Marina, Westport, Washington. Overcast spring day. Image taken May 19, 2012. Canon Rebel T2i, 300mm with 1.4 "doubler".


October ... Columbia River at Clatsop Spit, Oregon ...

Image, 2009, Trestle Bay, Columbia River, Clatsop Spit, Oregon, click to enlarge Image, 2009, Trestle Bay, Columbia River, Clatsop Spit, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Common Loon, Trestle Bay, Columbia River, Clatsop Spit, Oregon. Day overcast but no rain. Image taken October 18, 2009. Canon Rebel XSi, 200z w/1.4.


October ... Tokeland, Washington ...

Image, 2012, Tokeland, Washington, click to enlarge
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Common Loon, Tokeland, Washington. Gray overcast but dry day, occasional sun break. Image taken October 25, 2012. Canon 7d, 400mm.
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Common Loon, Tokeland, Washington. Gray overcast but dry day, occasional sun break. Image taken October 25, 2012. Canon 7d, 400mm.


October ... Westport, Washington ...

Image, 2012, Westport, Washington, click to enlarge
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Common Loon, Westport Marina, Westport, Washington. Gray overcast but dry day, occasional sun break. Image taken October 25, 2012. Canon 7d, 400mm.
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Common Loon, Westport Marina, Westport, Washington. Gray overcast but dry day, occasional sun break. Image taken October 25, 2012. Canon 7d, 400mm.
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Common Loon, Westport Marina, Westport, Washington. Gray overcast but dry day, occasional sun break. Image taken October 25, 2012. Canon 7d, 400mm.


... more ...

Image, 2012, Westport, Washington, click to enlarge
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Common Loon, Westport Marina, Westport, Washington. Gray overcast but dry day, occasional sun break. Image taken October 25, 2012. Canon 7d, 400mm.


October ... Hagg Lake, Oregon ...

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Common Loon, Hagg Lake, Oregon. Rainy day. Image taken October 26, 2010. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Common Loon, Hagg Lake, Oregon. Rainy day. Image taken October 26, 2010. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


November ... Columbia River at Tidewater Cove, Vancouver, Washington ...

Image, 2014, Columbia River at Tidewater Cove, Vancouver, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Common Loon, Columbia River at Tidewater Cove, Vancouver, Washington. Overcast and gray. Image taken November 1, 2014. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
Image, 2014, Columbia River at Tidewater Cove, Vancouver, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Common Loon, Columbia River at Tidewater Cove, Vancouver, Washington. Overcast and gray. Image taken November 1, 2014. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Common Loon, Columbia River at Tidewater Cove, Vancouver, Washington. Overcast and gray. Image taken November 1, 2014. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


November ... Tokeland Marina, Tokeland, Washington ...

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Common Loon, Tokeland Marina, Tokeland, Washington. Raining. Image taken November 2, 2012. Canon 7d, 400mm.
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Common Loon eating crab, Tokeland Marina, Tokeland, Washington. Raining. Image taken November 2, 2012. Canon 7d, 400mm.


November ... Columbia River at Hayden Island, Oregon ...

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Common Loon, Hayden Island, Columbia River upstream I-5 Bridge. Cold overcast early afternoon with occasional sunbreaks. Image taken November 4, 2011. Canon Rebel T3i, 300mm.


... more ...

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Common Loon, Columbia River upstream I-5 Bridge, Oregon side. Cold overcast afternoon with occasional sunbreaks. Image taken November 20, 2010. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


December ... Columbia River at Vancouver, Washington ...

Image, 2011, Columbia River near Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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Common Loon, Columbia River at Vancouver, Washington. Overcast and gray. Image taken December 31, 2011. Canon Rebel T2i, 300zoom.
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Common Loon, Columbia River at Vancouver, Washington. Overcast and gray. Image taken December 31, 2011. Canon Rebel T2i, 300zoom.
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Common Loon, Columbia River at Vancouver, Washington. Overcast and gray. Image taken December 31, 2011. Canon Rebel T2i, 300zoom.



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