Tag Archives: Red-throated Loon

Swan Lake Birds

It’s been an interesting week at Swan Lake. Monday there was a report of at least 120 Northern Shovelers, a very high count for Sitka. By Tuesday there were ‘only’ 50+ (still a high count), but 5 Blue-winged Teal also … Continue reading

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Red-throated Loon

Update (4 Feb): The loon was still alive and in the same place as of 9am this morning, but was dead by 10am. Jen C. picked it up at that time – she said that upon examination they discovered it … Continue reading

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High Winds and an Unexpected Loon

Winds were fierce through the night, topping out with 53 mph sustained winds on the 3:53 observation (81 mph gust) and a gust of 86 mph the 4:53 am update (though down to 37 mph sustained). The breeze was still … Continue reading

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Juvenile Red-throated Loon

I noticed an odd loon at the entrance to Sealing Cove while walking to class this afternoon. It was too far out to get very good photos, but I took a bunch hoping to confirm my suspicion that it was … Continue reading

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Red-throated Loons

Early in the 1900s Red-throated Loons were reported nesting on Swan Lake in multiple years. These days I suspect there’s too much traffic around for them to be comfortable. This pair was only around for one day, as far as … Continue reading

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Loon Identification Update

I have had a few responses to the Loon Identification post I made a couple of days ago. One of them pointed out that there is a discussion of Loons in the Peterson Field Guide to Advanced Birding by Kenn … Continue reading

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