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Red-throated Loon

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Red-throated Loon (juvenile)

By: Pat Coate

I was passing through the Buffalo area on MLK day and made a stop at the Dunkirk harbor. There were plenty of birds around including this juvenile red-throated loon – a new bird for me. He spent the whole 20 minutes or so that I was there actively preening.

There are only occasional reports of red-throated loons in our area, so I was very happy to have come across it.

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Red-throated Loon (juvenile)

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Red-throated Loon (juvenile)

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2 responses

  1. Keep it safe for its return to me this summer. Who knows perhaps this was one of the chicks I photographed this year.

    28 January 2011 at 9:08 am

  2. June 15, 2011, early evening, I was sitting in front of my house on the shore of Lake Erie at Morgan’s Point, Ontario when I spotted a pair of birds about 200 yards offshore which at first I thought were Western grebes but after getting my binoculars and checking them out for a good 15 minutes, watching them go through their preening and wing-stretching, determined they were red-throated loons but in their non-breeding plumage, ie. mostly dark grey and white. Awesome! I’ve been living here since 1972 and have on occasion spotted common loons, once even witnessing one with her chicks riding on her back but this is the first time I’ve seen these birds!

    16 June 2011 at 2:14 am

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