Monday, April 30, 2012

Pacific Loon Identification, What do you think?

Here are some pics of the loons that we found on our big day at Lake Lemon on April 26th.  None of us have any doubts about the first bird we saw being a Pacific but our team doesn't have a consensus id on the second loon.  I didn't watch the second bird in the field for long so I don't have much to add to the photos.  It seems to have some form of a neck ring (which I haven't seen on Pacific) and more of a 'square-shaped' head than Pacific but everything else seems fine for a Pacific.  We have pictures of both together and they seem to be the same size which would support Pacific Loon.  Unfortunately the birds were distant so the id in the photos isn't straightforward. 

-Eric, and the rest of our big day team

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