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Red-throated Loons have that neck characteristic, and would look thin 
compared to the geese.

Ian

On 12/2/2013 7:18 PM, Don Clark wrote:
> Loon?
>
> On Dec 2, 2013, at 4:56 PM, Maeve Kim wrote:
>
>> On a day where almost all the colors were in a palette ranging from 
>> whitish-gray to blackish-gray, I saw three wonderful birds with the 
>> same palette: two Long-Tailed Ducks under the bridge to NYS, a "Gray 
>> Ghost" sharing a field off Jersey Street with an immature harrier, 
>> and a Northern Shrike at Brilyea.
>>
>> There were many flocks of Canada Geese overhead. In one, there was 
>> one slightly shorter and considerably skinnier bird flying with a 
>> downward crook in its neck, so that the plane of its head was lower 
>> than the plane of its body. The only thing I can think of is a 
>> cormorant, but I can't remember ever seeing a cormorant fly with its 
>> head that low. Any other ideas?
>>
>> Maeve Kim
>> Jericho Center