Just an idea...not having seen the birds in question myself...but in the
full-length Sibley there's a head shot of what seems to be a different
variation of immature plumage in the Pacific Loon...lacking the chin strap
of the adult winter and regular immature plumage and resembling perhaps a
slightly smaller version of an Arctic Loon. There hasn't been any discussion
as of yet concerning positive identification of these birds. At the very
least, two Pacific Loons would certainly still be worth the trip.
On 11/7/07, Taj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> This sighting doesn't seem to be generating the excitement it
> deserves. As far as I know, yesterday at least one, possibly two, very
> experienced birders refound the probable Arctic loon sitting alongside
> another loon which they ID'd as a Pacific Loon. There is potentially a
> Pacific and an ARctic loon up on the Lake! I can't get up to the lake until
> this weekend, but i would strongly encourage birders to look for this bird
> and document it as best they can. As far as i know no one has taken photos
> of this bird. There are no accepted sightings of Arctic loon anywhere on the
> east coast.
> This is a great find by David Hoag and let's hope it sticks around long
> enough for more birders to see it.
> Good birding.
> Taj Schottland
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