[CT Birds] 11/12 Pacific Loon

james.bair at snet.net james.bair at snet.net
Thu Nov 12 19:26:42 EST 2009

>From Jim Bair:

11/12 - Middlebury, Lake Quassepaug --1 Pacific Loon continues thorugh 4:15 p.m. 

With strong north winds, all the water birds were in the lee on the north shore of the lake. It required a scope to make them out from the beach at Quassy Park. The loon was among a flock of 50-60 gulls (one Bonaparte's, the rest apparently Ring-bills) and best observed when the gulls flew, something that was happening frequently. Also present were 1 Mallard and 5 Bufflehead. The loon was not a Red-Throat, it had a larger horizontal bill. Its jizz was like a Common Loon, but it was not much bigger than the gulls and about the same size as the Mallard.

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