Yes, I know. When you saw the title, you probably all thought this thread was going to be about you. But no, it's in the critter section. I have been living here in Millinocket since 2000 and, while I have heard loons many times while camping in one place or another, I have never heard them from my backyard until this summer. We have a big lake here, on the eastern part of Millinocket, not so far from here but that is where the paper mill was, and there were no loons there. I'm thinking that the mill operations probably ran the loons out of the lake a century ago, The mill has been closed now for about a decade and this summer, for the first time, I have heard the sound of the loons on the lake, and I hear them nearly every night. Before I go to bed, I usually take Ella out. I don't let her outdoors at night because of coyotes, fox, raccoons, and other potentially dangerous creatures, but she likes to listen to the night sounds, so I hold her in my arms and let her do that. I refer to it as checking for Martians. I don't think the loons attract her attention at all because I'm pretty sure she has no idea what kind of a creature that might be. Mostly, she's interested in whatever it is that I can't see, but which she can hear rummaging in the compost pile or with something in one of the trees. But, nearly every night now, I hear the loons. Of course, with the loons in mind, I am now watching On Golden Pond for about the twelfth time.