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Common Loon

Gavia immer

Habitat:

Winters in Florida's costal bays and oceans

Notes:

This bird was rescued after being found in a parking lot. It was then transferred to a rehabilitation center that specializes in water birds. Sometimes water birds like this loon as well as diving ducks and grebes land on wet pavement thinking its water. Due to their small legs positioned far back on their large bodies they are unable to stand and can not get of the ground.

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5 Comments

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Apprecite the story and knowledge!

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Glad to hear this story has a happy ending!

Sam5
Sam5 9 years ago

Birds like this one that land in parking lots usually don't have any major problems and are quickly able to be released. This loon only had some abrasions on his feet.

ceherzog
ceherzog 9 years ago

I didn't realize they were that big...the photo with hand puts them into perspective.

Thanks for the info..

annorion
annorion 9 years ago

Do most birds that parking lot dive heal up and get released back?

Sam5
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Sam5

Florida, USA

Spotted on Dec 6, 2011
Submitted on Dec 6, 2011

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