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Sep 5, 2016

Common Loon tops poll as Canada's favourite bird

Loon carving by Ron Sadler 1983 / Photo by BarrytheBirder

 Loon has huge lead over Snowy Owl 

The Toronto Star newspaper has reported, on the front page of its Sept. 4th edition, that the Common Loon is the overwhelming choice of Canadian Geographic magazine readers who voted in its National Bird Project for Canada's favourite bird.   The loon garnered 13,995 votes compared to the Snowy Owl which got 8,498 votes.   The Grey Jay (a.k.a. the 'Whiskey Jack) had 7,918 votes, with the Canada Goose getting 3,616 votes.   In total , nearly 50,000 votes were cast. A panel of experts will make the final selection on Sept. 19.   The winner of the contest will be announced in the magazine's December, 2016 edition.   The final choice does not have any official status because there is no official Canadian initiative at this time to name a national bird.
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