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1 March 2013 Common Loon Incubates Rocks as Surrogates for Eggs
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A nesting Gavia immer (Common Loon) was discovered incubating 2 rocks on a floating nest platform on the Quabbin reservoir in central Massachusetts for 43 days, well beyond the typical period of 28 days, before we moved in to investigate. The rocks were likely unearthed in the soil and vegetation used on the platform to create a more natural substrate for the nest. We suggest sifting through soil and vegetation to remove rocks before placing material on nest platforms.

Stephen DeStefano, Kiana K. G. Koenen, and Jillian W. Pereira "Common Loon Incubates Rocks as Surrogates for Eggs," Northeastern Naturalist 20(1), 143-147, (1 March 2013). https://doi.org/10.1656/045.020.0111
Published: 1 March 2013
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