215Loons, Loons, Loons!
- Oct 29, 2001Sat Oct 27, I spent an hour scoping from Laguna Point. As Matt Williams
mentioned in his post, the loons were streaming by. In one hour I had
four COMMON LOONS, four RED-THROATED LOONS, and 2,600 PACIFIC LOONS. It
was nigh impossible to scope and count loons as the the breaks between
groups of loons were few in number and short in duration. If you took
your eye off the loons to scope further out you were likely to lose your
place in the line.
Also at Laguna Point were six BONAPARTE'S GULLS, one RED-NECKED GREBE,
and one RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. At Virgin Creek Beach were three
HARLEQUIN DUCKS, three DUNLIN, and another RED-NECKED GREBE.
In response to Matt Williams' query about Sanderlings, they are often
observed feeding on rocks near shore. Most commonly I have seen them on
the flat rocks at Virgin Creek Beach but occasionally have seen them at
Glass Beach as well.
- Matthew Matthiessen