Just to clarify the history of this loon... it was discovered and identified as an Arctic by Gene Cardiff and his UC Riverside Winter Birds class (I believe Kyri Freeman was the first to suggest it was an Arctic). All I did, birding from the other side of the lagoon breach and out of contact with the U C Riverside group, was to see a Pacific/Arctic type loon with white flank patches in the distance and stupidly pass it off as a probable odd Pacific because I was too lazy to go all the way around to the pier side of the lagoon to look at it more closely. So please give me no credit whatsoever, and congratulations to Gene and the rest of his group for finding the loon and to Kyri for entering it on eBird (the only way L. A. birders found out about it). Thanks also to Todd, David Bell, Larry Sansone and others for getting out there today to get photographs.
Kimball L. Garrett
Ornithology Collections Manager
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
] On Behalf Of Todd
Sent: Monday, January 14, 2013 3:07 PM
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Arctic Loon - Malibu Pier - Lagoon Los Angeles
An interesting Loon seen distantly by Kimball Garrett, and independently by another group over the weekend was refound this morning Between Malibu Pier and Malibu Lagoon. I have circulated photos I took this afternoon to group of experienced birders, and the consensus is the bird is indeed an Arctic Loon.