Juvenile Arctic Loon at Monterey Harbor 5 Jan
I found this interesting juvenile loon foraging in Monterey Harbor today.
Based on its obvious white flank patches, rather long bill, and sometimes
"bumpy" head, I identified it as a juvenile Arctic Loon. Comments welcome.
Compared with the adult that was at San Simeon last winter, this bird
looked a bit smaller and slimmer, and it did not carry its bill uptilted as
often. The head shape was highly variable, ranging from rounded and
Pacific-like when actively foraging, to more blocky at times. The San
Simeon bird also showed a quite variable head shape, but what the two birds
really have in common is this obvious white flank patch even when riding
very low in the water.
This is a review species in California so the record is obviously going to
be submitted to the California Bird Records Committee. Many others were
able to see the bird today.
*Brian L. Sullivan
eBird/AKN Project Leader *
Birds of North America Online
North American Birds
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