Re: [CALBIRDS] ARCTIC LOON ? in Moss Landing (MTY)
Thanks for posting. I was there yesterday with Rich's group, but didn't want
to post until I checked fruther with him, but with your note I thought I'd
include my rather hurriedly obtained digicoped images, attached hereto.
Cheers, Len Blumin
Taken 6-12-09, 3 pm. Swarovski 80HD, 30X, DCA, Nikon 8400
On Sat, Jun 13, 2009 at 5:22 PM, Steve Rovell <tapaculo@...> wrote:
> Hi Birders -
> Rita Carratello called to tell me that Rich Stallcup found a bird that
> he thought might have been an ARCTIC LOON. So I went to investigate
> and continued the phone tree. Eventually Tim Amaral, Larry and Carole
> Rose, David Styer and Bill Hill had all joined me in seeing this
> alternate plumage loon.
> We all agreed with several field marks good for Arctic Loon. These
> included a green throat, the pointy V at the base of the green throat
> patch and a heavier and longer bill than what we would expect from
> Pacific Loon. Many of us also felt that the black and white stripes
> on the side of the neck and on the side seemed wide, but we didn't
> have a Pacific Loon to compare it to. Likewise with another
> fieldmark, the paleness of the nape. We just couldn't say for sure.
> Playing Devil's Advocate, we didn't see the prominent white flank
> patch we expected to see on an Arctic Loon.
> So, if all the experts out there look for Bill Hill's post (I'm sure
> it will be posted on this site, soon), you can take a look at his
> wonderful photos and put in your own two cents.
> The bird spent its time fairly close to shore just north of the
> jetties. It was hanging near a large group of otters and was easily
> spotted from the dirt parking lot at the end of Jetty Road in Moss
> In addition to the "Arctic" Loon, the following interesting birds were
> also seen:
> several (3-4) adult HEERMAN'S GULLS
> 1 ratty-looking RED-THROATED LOON
> 2 BLACK SKIMMERS
> Steve Rovell
> Marina, CA
Len Blumin, Mill Valley, California
Swaro 80 HD, 30X, DCA, CoolPix 8400
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