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Immature Yellow-billed Loon at Bodega Bay

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  • Richard Kuehn
    If any of you happen to be driving south on Highway 1 into Sonoma County during the next couple of days, you may wish to swing into Bodega Bay for a few
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      If any of you happen to be driving south on Highway 1 into Sonoma County
      during the next couple of days, you may wish to swing into Bodega Bay for a
      few minutes and attempt to locate an immature Yellow-billed Loon, which was
      discovered there Saturday by Rusty Scalf. Though the bird apparently dives
      for extended periods of time when feeding, it has been well seen by others.




      Alan Wight, a birder from Petaluma who Dean Schuler and I met high in the
      French Alps several years ago as we searched for Alpine Choughs,
      photographed the bird yesterday. He has placed a couple of images of this
      bird on his website at
      http://www.sonic.net/~shwand/birds/yellow_billed_loon_110908.htm.



      Here is one of Alan’s images-Yellow-billed Loon



      The Yellow-billed Loon, known in Britain as the White-billed Diver, is a
      relatively rare bird that nests in the arctic tundra regions of North
      America and Eurasia. This species is closely related to the Common Loon and
      often confused with it. However, it is distinguished from the latter by bill
      shape and color. The Yellow-billed Loon generally breeds further north of
      the range of its smaller and more widespread relative, although the two
      species overlap considerably on marine wintering grounds in the Pacific
      Northwest. Increasingly Yellow-billed Loon has been recorded wintering well
      inland in North America, a phenomenon that probably stems as much from
      improved information on field identification of loons in Basic plumage as
      from any shift in their range.



      HTH and Good Birding,

      Rich







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