Minnesota has more Common Loons (about 12,000) than any other state except Alaska. In fact, it’s our state bird. The idyllic vision of loons making their nest on a small northern Minnesota lake is true. However, this one and its mate didn’t get the message. For the last three years, they made their nest in the same spot in a small pond right next to Hwy. 169 between Bovey and Taconite, MN. They can’t be more than 30 feet from one of the busiest roads in northern Minnesota. Maybe the attraction is that predators are likely to stay away because of all the traffic.