Red-throated Loon

Gavia stellata Order: Gaviiformes Family: Gaviidae (Loons)
Gavia stellata Order: Gaviiformes Family: Gaviidae (Loons)

The smallest loon can take off in one leap, unlike other loons, which must run on the surface to get enough lift to fly. It doesn’t carry young on its back, and unlike other loons, also brings food back to its young from a distance. This species turns up in the Duluth area every spring, and some linger into June. No one knows why.

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