Bolsa Chica Loon
- Hi All, I went to Bolsa Chica late this afternoon (4pm) to try to see this
intriguing loon. Colorado has just had its first record of Arctic Loon (and
first for interior Lower 48 too) so I went with an open mind. After a lot of
searching, I eventually found a Pacific Loon by the bridge. I'm not sure if
this is the same bird that others have been seeing or if there are 2 loons
there but during my searching I only found this bird. I am about to post a
photo in the photo section, so those who've seen the loon in question can
verify if this looks like the same bird. I'm afraid, it is a very poor photo
as the light was failing.
Arctic Loon would appear larger, longer-necked and longer-billed than this
bird. Both species can exhibit white flank patches (as this individual does).
I know of some photos of the Colorado bird on www.surfbirds.com (N. American
Rarity photos) type arctic loon in the search box to see how structurally
distinctive this species is.
Hope this helps.