The sounds of the loons

At night, when I pulled the covers around me to keep warm in our cabin in Maine, I heard the sad, loud sounds of the loons on the lake.

“How do you describe those sounds?” I asked one morning.

To answer my question, my friend Leslie pulled a bird guide from the bookshelf.

The guidebook explained that loons produce falsetto wails, weird yodeling and maniacal quavering laughter. At night, they often make a “tremulous ha—oo—oo,” and, in flight, they bark “kwuk.”

After reading that amazing description, I became preoccupied trying to decide if the loons were wailing, yodeling, barking or laughing.

I like the sounds of nature—loons wailing, birds singing, the gentle whispers of the water and waves. Most of all, I love the silence when I’m sitting in a kayak in the middle of the lake.

Now that I’m back from my vacation, I’m going to remind myself to turn off my phone and other noise makers more often so that I can find a little quiet in the city. I need to keep reminding myself about the value of silence.

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