Tuesday, March 8, 2016

How Do Loons Snooze?

Loons are a northern freshwater snowbird that winter here in SW FL in bay and near-shore ocean waters.  They probably rarely set foot on land except when breeding.  Thus one wonders, how do they sleep?

We have a backyard loon that hangs out near our dock in Lemon Bay.  I have watched it take an afternoon nap while not only floating but also maintaining its position against a headwind.  Talk about rocking in the cradle of the deep!  It must keep its feet paddling while it snoozes but it is a light sleeper and quickly untucks its head at the sound of any potential danger.

Bill Dunson


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