Thomas Ford-Hutchinson wrote:
> I guess I should clarify a little more on the Pacific Loon after re-
> reading the previously poorly written email. I thought the loon was
> likely a Juvenile because of the lack of a clearly defined chin
> strap. The bird can be found when looking North at the nearby shore
> with houses from the parking lot at the end of the access road off of
> South Hero. The bird spent most of its time underwater and patience
> is required to find it. We lost the bird after a while but it could
> well have surfaced in the huge scaup flock or on the other side of
> the point we were looking at. The bird is most likely in that same
> area and I'm guessing that a search tomorrow requiring some careful
> scanning will be able to pick it up. The friendly kayaker did not
> scare the bird at all.
> *And yes the total for the list should be 55 because I missed
> Northern Harrier. Which is very close to the November Big Day total,
> something which could easily be broken.
> -Tom Ford-Hutchinson
Today at about 4:30pm my dad, sister, and I saw the Pacific Loon from
the parking lot at the access road in S. Hero. It was within 150yds of
the shore. There was also a large raft of scaup, with a few common
goldeneyes and at least one Horned Grebe.