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    OT: Have you noticed loons/divers wintering in southeastern US?

    Hi,

    My name is David Harrison, on Lake Lanier in the
    Atlanta, GA area. I'm trying to get some info about
    loons wintering in the southeast, to send to a
    research organization...mainly info about the number
    of birds residing in different freshwater lakes and
    rivers. I'm looking for people who would be willing
    to record when and where they see loons, and send
    the info to me every week, or month, or whatever is
    convenient. I'm also insterested in any marinas and
    guide services where there are people who might help,
    and any good online maps anyone could suggest, of
    bodies of water where they see loons. Please contact
    me and/or give my email address (it's pretty easy :-)
    to anyone who might be willing to help:

    loonlist@excite.com

    For anyone who isn't sure what loons look like, they
    look much like ducks but their heads are of different
    shape, and they can dive under water for about a
    minute at a time. There are plenty of good pics of
    them at:

    http://tinyurl.com/8mx25

    Thankyou for any help or suggestions!

    David

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    RE: OT: Have you noticed loons/divers wintering in southeastern US?

    There are some birds that overwinter in this area (Old Hickory and Percy Priest) that some people call loons - however, I've always thought they were cormorants. Does anyone know for sure which they are?

    bd

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    RE: OT: Have you noticed loons/divers wintering in southeastern US?

    >There are some birds that overwinter
    >in this area (Old Hickory
    >and Percy Priest) that some
    >people call loons - however,
    >I've always thought they were
    >cormorants. Does anyone know
    >for sure which they are?
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    >bd

    I posted a link in the original message that will take
    you to pics of loons at Google. This one will take you
    to pics of cormorants:

    http://tinyurl.com/aqpzm

    They look quite different to me.


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    RE: OT: Have you noticed loons/divers wintering in southeastern US?

    I have seen these birds and heard there distinctive call for years on Norris. They usually show up in the late fall but leave before spirng in the late winter. I have never seen more than 2 at once and often 1 by itself.I frequently hear them more than I see them.I fish all winter and would be glad to let you know if and when I see or hear them.
    The last I saw was in the Loyston sea 10 days ago. I was out for about 7 1/2 hours yesterday and heard one twice in the same area but did not see it.Fish2win

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    RE: OT: Have you noticed loons/divers wintering in southeastern US?

    Having looked at both sets of photos for comparison, the birds I've seen are definitely cormorants and NOT loons. Sorry.

    bd

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    RE: OT: Have you noticed loons/divers wintering in southeastern US?

    BD, there are plenty of loons on the lower end of Priest in the winter. In fact the Loons will show you where the fish are usually. Their call is unmistakable; when you hear it you will be convinced.

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    RE: OT: Have you noticed loons/divers wintering in southeastern US?

    Dale Hollow always has loons wintering there.

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    RE: OT: Have you noticed loons/divers wintering in southeastern US?

    I have seen loons on Tellico, Carter's, and Juliette to add a few to the list. They seem to prefer clear, deep water.

    Shawn McNew
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    Wildlife Fisheries Science UT
    Georgia Forestry Commission

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