While McCall fish management crews were conducting their annual fall fish survey of Cascade Reservoir, a banded common loon was found entangled in one of the nets. The leg band number revealed this bird was banded at Walker Lake, Nev. (east of Reno) in 2000 as an adult (at least 3 years old). This meant the loon was 21 years old this fall!
The bird was released unharmed. The oldest recorded loon is 25 years old. Loons are usually observed on Lake Cascade in the spring and fall as they stop on their migrations North and South.