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Loons don't understand parking lots. After it rains, they confuse the flat, glossy expanse of asphalt with the shimmering surface of a lake or pond, where they hunt for fish and crustaceans. It's only after they land do they realize their mistake, and by then it's too late -- they're stuck.
This is because the Common Loon (Gavia immer) is built perfectly for a life on the water and only goes ashore to mate and lay eggs. Their legs,which are positioned far back on their body, are perfect for propelling them through water, but are terrible for walking on land.
They're also really heavy. Most birds have light, hollow bones, making it easier for them to fly, but loons have solid bones that make them less buoyant, and better divers.
All of this means that getting up in the air is a bit harder: Depending on the wind, loons need up to a quarter-mile stretch of water to use as a runway for lift off. And if they mistakenly land somewhere where there's no water at all? Then they simply have to rely on the kindness of strangers.