It was quite a few years ago that I decided I needed to record the various Loon calls and get them onto my phone as ringtones.
I thought it was unique and of course worked especially well for me (Danny Wild). But then I found out others would also like the calls for ringtones and we posted them to our simple Loon Morning Crew page that we once maintained.
Well that was a long time ago now and I’ve heard from several of you that you had used the ringtones including one traveler that had gotten the attention of quite a few fellow travelers on a flight landing in Chicago. So, with our enhanced on-line presence as of late I thought it would be a good time to re-introduce the Loon calls as ringtones available to download for free from our website.
For those of you that don’t know, there is quite a variety of Loon calls that are used by the bird. Here’s an excerpt from Wikipedia about their various vocalizations:
The common loon produces a variety of vocalizations, the most common of which are the tremolo, the yodel, the wail, and the hoot. Each of these calls communicates a distinct message. The frequency at which it vocalizes has been shown to vary based on time of day, weather, and season. It is most vocally active between mid-May and mid-June. The wail, yodel, and tremolo calls are sounded more frequently at night than during the day; calls have also been shown to occur more frequently in cold temperatures and when there is little to no rain.
The tremolo call—sometimes called the “laughing” call—is characterized by its short, wavering quality. It often uses this call to signal distress or alarm caused by territorial disputes or perceived threats. It emits a tremulous series of up to 10 rather high notes (hu)-heheheheheheha. It also uses the tremolo to communicate its presence to other loons when they arrive at a lake, often when they are flying overhead. It is the only vocalization used in flight. The tremolo call has varying three levels of intensities that correlate with a loon’s level of distress, and the types are differentiated by increasingly higher pitch frequencies added to the call.
The yodel is a long and complex call made only by the male. It is used in the establishment of territorial boundaries and in territorial confrontations, and the length of the call corresponds with the loon’s level of aggression. The dominant frequencies in the yodel indicate the body mass and thereby the health of males. A male that occupies a new territory appears to alter its yodel to be clearly distinguishable from the call of the previous territory owner.
A loon’s wail is a long call consisting of up to three notes, and is often compared to a wolf’s howl. It uses this call to communicate its location to other loons. The call is given back and forth between breeding pairs or an adult and its chick, either to maintain contact or in an attempt to move closer together after being separated. It is a loud aaoo, weee-wea weee-wea weee-wea, or ooo-aaah-éééé.
The hoot is a short, soft call and is another form of contact call. It is a more intimate call than the wail and is used exclusively between small family groups or flocks. The common loon hoots to let other family or flock members know where it is. This call is often heard when the adult loon is summoning its chicks to feed.
Here’s the link to the Wikipedia page on the Common Loon. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_loon
You’ll notice that we also offer the alert. Which is not listed above but is on our call page.
Just click on the Connect Tab on our main page, and you’ll find access to each of the calls to download and use on your phone! Thanks for helping us celebrate the lakes and the great state of Minnesota at the Brainerd Lakes home for the best in classic rock. 100,000 watts of Minnesota song– 107.5 The PowerLoon!