Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Two Loon Videos

These videos go with yesterday's post. I know some of you haven't seen or heard a Loon before so this is for you! Loons have 4 beautiful calls that each have different meanings:


  • Their wail is a long mournful call that you will most often hear at night. They use it to communicate and keep in touch with other Loons nearby.
  • The Tremolo call has 8-10 notes and they will make this noise if they are upset such as if humans or predators are nearby. If you hear this, you are too close to them.
  • The "hoot" is a reassuring low one-note call they use to say hello to their family members.
  • The yodel is made by the male Loon only and it's made up of rising and repeating notes to protect their territory. If you hear this, you should back away.







16 comments:

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Great videos! I loved the sound in the second one...just beautiful!

Cedar ... said...

About 10 years ago a group of co-workers had a picnic at a remote lake, many of us spent the night in tents for a second day of canoeing. It was the end of July and the whole lake just echo'd with loon "laughter" all night long. that trip is one of my fondest memories.

Sandi Keene said...

This so reminds me of when I lived in upstate NY and we would go to the Adirondacks. Loved listening to the loons. What a treat this was. Thank you!

Pam at Antique or Not said...

I'd never heard loons before; thanks so much for sharing that, Shelley.

By the way, is the first video the yodel and the second video the tremolo?

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I love their sounds, Shelley. I can certainly understand why you like them so much!!! The ONLY place I have ever heard loons (that I know of) was in "On Golden Pond." That was one of my favorite movies!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

George said...

Thanks for the videos, Shelley. Now I better understand why you became a Loon Ranger.

reliv4life said...

interesting - I have definitely not seen or heard these before! beautiful

Cassie said...

The call of the loon is almost haunting.When I played the videos both BabyRocketDog & Hootie's ears perked up.Hootie is a little hard of hearing,but the sound of wildlife got his attention.

Charli and me said...

Your right. They do have a mournful call. I can see why you like them. The call is beautiful in a peaceful way. The two videos were awesome. Thank you. I really enjoyed learning about the Loons.

Jen said...

The first one sent my dogs into a barking fit.
I love the second one! I need a CD of that for bed time.

NCmountainwoman said...

I heard my first Loon in northern Wisconsin. I was totally mesmerized by the sound.

grammy said...

I almost asked yesterday what they sound like (o: fun to hear them.

Leedra said...

Enjoyed the videos.

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MindyLew said...

Thanks for sharing - That was great. I had never heard a loon before. My husband loves to hear the whipperwills down by the lake during the summer time. The second video put me in mind of the soothing sounds of summer here - Thanks

Constance said...

A couple of years ago, our niece gave me a water "fountain" that also has sound. One that you can listen to is the loons. I love hearing that one. There was another one that our grand-daughter "Jelly Bean" called the Jesus song. It was actually called "sunrise" but the name stuck! Ha Ha!

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement! Have a blessed week!
Connie

Jessica said...

What I wouldn't give to hear that sound! How fortunate you are to hear those sounds at your very own cabin!