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Species Code: GAIM
Breeding Range Map
Metadata (Data about data or how the map was made)Map with Breeding Bird Atlas records
The Common Loon is local and uncommon in large freshwater lakes and reservoirs within forested landscapes. Nesting locally in suitable water bodies in the northeastern counties and in large reservoirs in western Washington.
This species was modeled for this map only in lakes and reservoirs for which there wa recent breeding evidence. All zones in which it was modeled were core (Puget Sound Douglas-fir, Western Hemlock, Interior Douglas-fir, Grand Fir, Interior Western Hemlock, and Ponderosa Pine).
Loons have a well-documented need for quiet lakes with suitable emergent vegetation and fish in sufficient numbers to sustain young. Recreational boat traffic and development of lakes has resulted in a decrease of the available habitat for Common Loons in Washington. However, in some areas loons have been able to adapt to disturbance, e.g., there was a pair that nested successfully on Lake Whatcom in the early 90's. It is possible that loons may also breed in secluded bays or sloughs along some of the major rivers as they historically have.
Translated from the Washington Gap Analysis Bird Volume by Uchenna Bright
Text edited by Gussie Litwer
Webpage designed by Dave Lester