that black ice must have confused the loon when it landed! It certainly
confused me, looking just like water! I'm glad it was safe for Bob and
Phelps to make the rescue!
> Job well done! The Loon just was not able to take off from such a slippery
> surface. Saved from being an Eagles, or others, lunch. I wonder what the
> landing looked like, lets give it a 10 for apparently being perfect, no
> injury to the Loon.
> From: "Bob Dill" <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2012 7:06 AM
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Red Throated Loon Story
>> A friend (Phelps) and I skated off Sandbar State Park yesterday
>> As we came in Phelps spotted a bird on the ice. We came to shore for
>> advice and more equipment. After several calls we talked to Carol
>> Winfield in Westford who walked us through capture, transport and
>> We borrowed an extra car coat from a neighbor of Phelps' who happened by
>> at just the right time and skated back out to the bird. The capture was
>> straight forward. I walked it back in rather than skating to reduce the
>> risk of falling. A short drive took us to the bridge. The rocks near
>> bridge were free of ice after the recent warm weather so getting to the
>> water was reasonable. I was able to place the bird on some ice covered
>> rocks at the waters edge, remove the coat and give it a little nudge.
>> dove immediately and repeatedly. I will check tomorrow to verify that
>> has moved on. It was my first and, I am sure, will be my closest
>> encounter with a Red Throated Loon.
>> The following link should take you to some pictures of the bird and a
>> short video of the capture (it was too dark and the 'too-many-ith-thing'
>> to get pictures of the release).
>> PS: anybody thinking of skating there, the ice is good must places but
>> pretty tricky in others (especially around Cedar Island and another spot
>> east of there)