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A red-throated loon is sitting on her nest. Their nests are called 'srapes'. They are a simple nest that is nothing more than a shallow depression in the ground. The depth of a scrape can vary, but usually they are just deep enough to keep the eggs in place. Loon scrapes are generally built by the loon rocking its body back and forth to form a depression. Lining is minimal and may include small quantities of grass, gravel, feathers, moss, bits of shells or other and debris. But it is not uncommon to not have any lining at all. Because scrape nests are more exposed than other types of nests, loon eggs have camouflaged markings to help them blend into the background and be less visible to predators. Loon eggs are a dark greenish brown with black speckles. USFWS Yukon Delta NWR Photo Credit: Casey Setash Public domain
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