For the Ragtag Daily Prompt: sobriquet.
Are loons loony?
The lonesome call of the loon in breeding plumage on lakes turns out to be long distance communication: calling for one’s mate or for relief on the nest or staying in touch feeding.
The laughing call of the loon is anxious. It is done to lure predators and dangerous others away from the nest or away from the young. The young are in the water, riding on the parents’ backs when tired, by about 48 hours after hatching.
The sobriquet loon mean something very different to me than the usual meaning of loon, beloved and sober.