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So somebody might hit a Loon Trifecta!

Maeve Kim
Jericho Center


On Nov 11, 2008, at 5:50 PM, Jonathan Comeau wrote:

> 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 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?
>> Larry Haugh
>> Shelburne
>>
>> 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
>>> drawing.
>>>
>>> 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?
>>>
>>> Thanks!
>>>
>>> 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.
>
> Jonathan Comeau