If their feathers become greasy it impairs their ability to keep a bird insulated against heat or cold and to shed rain or snow. And cardinals are one of the few birds active and vocalizing for a time after dark. Please be as specific as possible, including body of water, nearest island, land marker, light buoy, cove, or GPS coordinates. Here's a look by ZIP code, Minnesota shatters daily record of COVID deaths with 101, Colorado governor tests positive for coronavirus, Minneapolis woman reunited with dog that was lost in Montana, Small town? Even though she can't host parties and fundraisers, a Christmas enthusiast still sets the scene for the season. It is also the “flight call,” heard when a loon is flying overhead, particularly if it is going over a lake with other loons on the water. Q: We've had a Cooper's hawk roosting in our backyard cedar tree all winter, even settling in for the night on the same branch, so we always know where to look. A: My first suspicion was that a big snapping turtle had eaten the ducklings, one by one. A: It's likely you were hearing the loons making their tremolo call, a sign of distress. Q: Before we went on vacation there was a family of wood ducks on our pond. Colorado Gov. Q: I've been trying to learn the songs of our common birds by listening to a CD so I can identify them while out walking. Common Loons are famous for their eerie, beautiful calls. Among these are the tremolo, a wavering call given when a loon is alarmed or to announce its presence at a lake. It's just so easy to say "stop" and so many condo and townhome boards do so. Listen to more sounds of this species from the ML archive. But the hawk disappeared some weeks ago, and we're wondering if it was because of mating season, and will it return next winter? Call notes really confuse me, especially one I was hearing in July, a very raspy "reep" coming from high in the trees. What could have happened? There's a general failure to acknowledge that we live within nature and among wildlife and it behooves us to share the outdoors. Two possibilities come to mind for your "reep" bird: This might be the call of a great crested flycatcher (hear it here, especially the call described as "harsh": allaboutbirds.org/guide/Great_Crested_Flycatcher/sounds). Melissa Buescher, a 35-year-old from Minneapolis, missed a phone call from Billings on Nov. 17 following one of her late-night shifts at the intensive care unit of a children's hospital. Q: I live near Lake Harriet and recently watched just-out-of-the-nest barn swallows perch on top of the pavilion. Note: LPC rescue area is … Cheesy holiday movies have become as much of a tradition as candy canes and mistletoe. Any ideas? Get Instant ID help for 650+ North American birds. Parents might hoot to a chick, or one mate might hoot to another. I've even heard of rules against feeding hummingbirds out of the fear that sugar water attracts wasps. Matchmaking child? "I suspect those loons may have spotted a passing eagle and were giving ample warning to ward off an attack," Henderson says. A: What a shame that your townhome board took this unilateral action without checking with their residents who feed birds. Why did she do this? A: The bird that comes to mind is a cardinal, I can see how you might think its "chip" call sounds like a cricket. Calls. Your description also sounds very similar to the sounds made by many species of very young birds while begging a parent for a feeding. If the distress continues and is affecting the loon’s ability to function, contact Loon Biologist Eric Hanson at 802.586.8064 or by email at . The hoot is a soft, short call that is typically used for short range communication between members of a loon family unit (paired adults and their chicks). If the bird is swimming calmly or is on shore in a safe area, wait for a return call. A: Good for you for learning the sounds birds make — this should add a great deal of enjoyment to your walks. There didn't appear to be any danger, so I'm wondering what they were doing. This is a year many of us would like to forget. What might it be? If a male moves to a different territory, he will change his yodel. Other possibilities are that it succumbed to illness or an attack by another raptor. As for where it went, we can only speculate, but it's likely the bird moved off with a mate to build a nest and raise their young. When the male was feeding the young birds, the female would rapidly flap her wings and quiver, then stop when he stopped feeding them. The Cornell Lab will send you updates about birds, birding, and opportunities to help bird conservation. credit: Laura Erickson, special to the Star Tribune (one time use) Who would harm this fuzzy little loon chick? A: That's a very timely question, and I'm sure others wonder about this, as well. A: It's likely you were hearing the loons making their tremolo call, a sign of distress. But it's far from the worst. When we got back 10 days later, they were all gone. They're especially popular with woodpecker parents, who grab chunks of suet to bring back to nestlings, then later bring their fledglings in for a high-energy treat. Q: A pair of house finches nested in the wreath on our front door and we enjoyed watching the whole process. But Kraig Kelsey, owner of Kelsey's Wild Bird Store in North Oaks, who's been studying wood ducks for many decades, offered a more positive possibility. It's not unusual, Kelsey says, for a wood duck family to end up as far as a mile from the ducklings' original pond. And eagles are known to watch for unprotected loon chicks to make an easy meal. Snow? Since birds are much better at spotting birds of prey than we are, the loons probably saw a far-off eagle that you missed. If a male moves to a different territory, he will change his yodel. If it's still in the area, it very well might return to its winter roost, since that spot apparently provided safe sleeping and maybe was a good hunting perch, as well. The wail is the haunting call that loons give back and forth to figure out each other’s location. Bald eagles often are on the lookout for unprotected youngsters. A: I conferred with Duluth bird-book author and naturalist Laura Erickson on this one and here's her explanation: "Wing quivering is a solicitation behavior, almost always used when a bird is soliciting food or sex, and female house finches during courtship are seeking both. I love quiet, intimate scenes like that. Text and audio clips courtesy of the Adirondack Cooperative Loon Program Hoot A soft short contact call between birds. Wood duck hens commonly move their families from one body of water to another, seeking the best protection for their brood. This means they're looking for a shoreline with a great deal of vegetation for hiding from predators. Among these are the tremolo, a wavering call given when a loon is alarmed or to announce its presence at a lake. Very often during the time that birds are feeding their young, there are still some high levels of hormones that lead a female to beg even when she and her mate are focused on feeding their young.". Please describe where you saw the loon in distress. A: Male wood ducks disappear once the females lay eggs inside a nest box or tree cavity. Common Loons are famous for their eerie, beautiful calls. A: That's a fascinating observation of the faithfully roosting hawk. Q: I've been hearing a bird or some other animal chirping after dark — it sounds like a big cricket. Q: Two loons and their baby were floating on our lake when they started calling and kept it up for about five minutes. Each male has his own signature yodel. A: I do, too, and I think one of the reasons so many of us cherish birds is that they allow us to observe such scenes as we live among them. But suet cakes don't present the same problem — they're made of fat that's been melted and reformed, so they don't melt in the heat. St. Paul resident Val Cunningham, who volunteers with the St. Paul Audubon Society and writes about nature for local, regional and national newspapers and magazines, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The parent would swoop down and quickly feed them, then the young birds would take off and fly for a few minutes before perching on the roof again. Q: What's your advice about presenting suet during hot summer weather? It's not a good idea to put out raw suet in hot weather, because it melts and creates a mess that can harm birds. Loons(Order: Gaviiformes, Family:Gaviidae). Sad to say, I've heard from readers in the past with similar problems and it's very tough to lift a ban once it's in place. Q: I feed birds at my townhouse but the board has recently voted that we can't have feeders because they attract "vermin," and because birds poop. Throughout the day, Purtell helped transport oily, distressed loons to a cleanup station where volunteers washed them with Dawn dish soap. Can you help me broaden their minds? Each male has his own signature yodel. Hoots are soft, short calls given to keep in contact with each other. Has 2020 really been the worst year ever? The mother ducks incubate the eggs and raise the ducklings alone. Jared Polis has tested positive for the coronavirus. Often called the "laughing call" of the loon, the tremolo is actually an alarm call used in threatening situations, such as when a boat is approaching a chick or a nest too closely.