Immature Red-throated Loon? It seems to fit the description and just
yesterday a friend sent a photo of an adult taken in the Portland, Me. area.
The exact location was not given.
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From: "Maeve Kim" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 8:37 PM
Subject: [VTBIRD] red-necked grebe???
> Is there any possibility of seeing a Red-Necked Grebe (two, actually) at
> this time of year? At 6:30 this evening, in the lake right near the road
> between St. Albans Bay Park and Hathaway Road (the turn-off to Kill Kare
> State Park), there were two diving birds that, at first glance, looked
> like loons. However, they were considerably smaller than loons. They had
> loon-like bills, were mostly gray, with paler gray or white at the throat
> and cheek. Unfortunately, there was a LOT of traffic. I stopped the car
> for a minute or so and looked through binoculars but then had to get
> moving or we would have caused an accident. I wanted to turn around, go
> back, park at the little pull- off next to the swamp, and then walk back
> to the mystery birds - but the pull-off was full with fishermen's cars.
> If anyone lives in that area, I'd love it if you'd check out the birds.
> Maeve Kim
> Jericho Center