Larry Haugh wrote:
> 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 loons unfortunately.
> 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
> 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?
> Larry Haugh
> 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?
>> Maeve Kim
>> Jericho Center
Here are some additional details of my Pacific Loon sighting on Sunday.
The bird was a small loon, had hardly any speckling on the back, a
partial chin strap, and white throat. It also had white on the face,
although not as much as was described on Kim's bird. My sighting was
quite brief as the bird was in view for less than 10 seconds before
diving. After it dove I could not relocate it. It is very possible that
there was both a Red-throated and a Pacific loon out there.