The fall season is in full swing! Here in New Hampshire the trees are well into the process of losing their leaves, and our lakes are rapidly losing their loons. Because they need open water in order to forage, New Hampshire's lakes are not suitable habitat for loons during the winter. Our loons must migrate to the open ocean and spend their winters there. New England loons winter on the Atlantic, spending their time off of the coast ranging from the Gulf of Maine all the way down to Long Island Sound. By this time of the year, loons have molted out of their beautiful breeding plumage and have grown their more neutral-colored winter plumage. If you happen to spend some time at the coast between now and April, be sure to keep an eye out for loons like the one pictured below!