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3750Re: [CALBIRDS] Where are the Red-throated Loons?

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  • Kenneth Burton
    Jan 13, 2005
      Several were visible from Alamere Falls on Point Reyes this afternoon. I would expect them to be off Limantour as well.

      Ken Burton
      Mill Valley
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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.
      Tom

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      > 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?
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      > 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.)
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      > 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?
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      > On the other hand, maybe I just haven't been looking for them the
      > right way. If so, does anyone have any tips?
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      > Gary Hantsbarger
      > San Mateo, California
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