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Loon in California, USA (1 Viewer)


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On the Pacific Ocean right off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, on June 14, 2017

I don't see the dark half-collar of Common Loon, so is it safe to call a Pacific Loon?


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It certainly looked too large-billed in the field for Red-throated, and from what I could discern, it held its bill horizontally. Isn't the neck too dark for Red-throated Loon?


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Ah, couldn't see bill clearly from these photos, but if that's how it looked, then yes, I think Pacific Loon is pretty certain. I was getting kind of a reddish vibe on the throat, but I think it's a trick of the light.


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Common Loons frequently over-summer on their wintering grounds. These are usually individuals that were in too poor condition to migrate. Probably very few of them survive long.


Or first-summer birds too young to breed; these usually retain winter-type plumage.

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