3750Re: [CALBIRDS] Where are the Red-throated Loons?
- Jan 13, 2005Several were visible from Alamere Falls on Point Reyes this afternoon. I would expect them to be off Limantour as well.
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From: Thomas Miko
To: ghantsbarger ; CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, January 13, 2005 10:28 AM
Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] Where are the Red-throated Loons?
I haven't been out on a boat in a year, but on the shore in bays etc, I haven't seen them this year, either.
> From: "ghantsbarger" <ghantsbarger@...>
> Date: 2005/01/12 Wed PM 07:41:11 CST
> To: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [CALBIRDS] Where are the Red-throated Loons?
> This winter I have been trying to add the Red-throated Loon to my
> life list. The birding guides I have indicate that they should be
> common in my area. I have been to Point Reyes, Bodega Harbor, and
> various points along the San Mateo coast, and I have looked at a
> couple dozen Common and Pacific Loons, scores of Horned, Eared, and
> Western Grebes, and what seems like about 10,000 cormorants, but have
> yet to definitely locate a Red-throated Loon. (One time at the north
> end of Bodega Harbor I thought I saw a smallish, light-colored loon
> with an upturned bill and a speckled back, but it dived about half a
> second after I saw it, and I never saw it come back up, even though I
> waited several minutes.)
> This makes me curious. Is there something going on here besides my
> own bad luck? Are Red-throated Loons less common than usual along
> the central California coast this year? If so, does anyone know
> why? Has the population suddenly declined? Are they spending the
> winter somewhere farther north or south than usual this year?
> On the other hand, maybe I just haven't been looking for them the
> right way. If so, does anyone have any tips?
> Gary Hantsbarger
> San Mateo, California
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