Hello Maeve and all,
Early on Sunday morning, Nov 9, there were a total of 7 birders out
enjoying the pleasant weather, the huge scaup flock and trying to
find the reported Pacific Loon from the Causeway in South Hero,
mostly from the area of the final parking lot. Within the Scaup flock
the group managed to find a few Black Scoter, Surf Scoter,
Ring-necked Ducks, Bufflehead, Mallard, and farther out separately
two White-winged Scoter. There were a large number of Horned Grebe
nearby and scattered Common Loons about. We had no sign of other
I probably left after 10am and checked other lake spots from West
Shore Road up to Vantine's Access with no other birds of additional interest.
I returned to the causeway to recheck the status there, about
11:30-12:15, and met Maeve coming back from the causeway.
Unfortunately as I went out on the causeway, I only saw a few
Bonaparte's Gulls of additional interest, and common loons, but not
the loon Maeve is asking about below. Also, the wind was starting to
whip up at that point from the southwest, making it less pleasant for
the first time to be out there birding.
I was really surprised later of course to see the 4:30pm report on
the Pacific Loon, so it may still be in the area and hope that it
continues today to be refound by someone somewhere. Maybe it just
prefers that Causeway site later in the day?
At 09:45 AM 11/10/2008, you wrote:
>Yesterday, two of us got long good looks (scope and binoculars) at a
>loon right off the South Hero end of the Colchester Causeway that we
>were sure was a Red-Throated, not a Pacific. But so many people have
>seen a Pacific Loon right there that I'm needing some confirmation.
>Our bird was distinguished by a great deal of white in front, on its
>neck and on the lower half-to-two-thirds of its face. The white went
>a little above its eye; the loon looked as though it had a curved
>white eyebrow against the darker color of the top of its head. There
>was some speckling on the back, though not as much as in the Sibley
>We saw a Common Loon also, but not a Pacific Loon.
>Larry Haugh was heading out as we were going back toward the cars.
>Larry, did you see the bird we described?