[CT Birds] Pac Loon trivia

Mntncougar at aol.com Mntncougar at aol.com
Fri Nov 13 16:31:38 EST 2009

At least 2 people have mentioned the Great Black-backed  Gull was seen in 
the vicinity of the Loon.  I was there from 7:30 to 8:30  on Thursday and 
managed to get a decent look at him, even though it was very  choppy then too.  
When I got there he was at the mouth of the cove to the  left of the park 
(thanks Jim), but he disappeared after a few minutes.   When he's actively 
feeding, which seems to be most of  the time, he is  underwater far more than 
on top.  Then I noticed the GBBG, who had been in  the same area as the 
Loon, suddenly lifted off and flew to the middle of the  lake on the left side.  
I scanned the area near him, and voila' !  The  Loon surfaced about 100 
feet away.  This worked repeatedly until I  left.  I think the Gull is 
shadowing the Loon, probably hoping to pick up a  stray morsel.  The 2 don't seem to 
directly associate at all, but I think  you can use that Gull as a marker 
to locate the Loon.
I know nothing about the Park, but the gentleman I met was very  friendly 
and accommodating.  However, it seems that the gates are open  because they 
are working there.  Perhaps that means they will be closed on  the weekend.  
I have no idea, but if anyone goes I hope they will let us  know.
Don Morgan

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