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

This entry is part 17 of 24 in the series 2012 Photojournal

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

This entry is part 112 of 133 in the series 2011 Photojournal

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

This entry is part 79 of 133 in the series 2011 Photojournal

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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