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   Arctic Loon
Arctic Loon
Gavia arctica

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  1. CBRC review and request for documentation LINK
    DATE: Apr 3, 2018 @ 1:57pm, 7 month(s) ago
    California birders,   The California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) will begin reviewing the following records in early May. If you have any documentation to submit for these records, please do so as soon as possible. Feel free to forward this request to local
    listservs as appropriate. Thank you.   Tom   Thomas A. Benson Secretary, California Bird Records Committee     2017-139  Garganey                       25 Nov 2017-11 Mar 2018             Waller Park  SBA                               (documentation from 5 observers – additional documentation requested) 2017-142  Black-headed Gull       27 Nov 2017                                        Pt. Pinos  MTY                                    (documentation complete) 2017-143  Black-headed Gull       5-9 Dec 2017                                      North Shore  RIV                              (eBird reports – no documentation received) 2017-154  Black-headed Gull       9 Dec 2017                                          Modesto WTP  STA                          (eBird report – no documentation received) 2018-022  Black-tailed Gull           11 Feb-11 Mar 2018                        Crescent City  DN                             (documentation from 5 observers – additional documentation requested) 2017-175  Arctic Loon                    16 Dec 2017                                        Pt. Pinos  MTY                                    (documentation complete) 2018-015  Arctic Loon                    26 Jan-18 Feb 2018                          Abbotts Lagoon  MRN                    (documentation from 3 observers – additional documentation requested) 2018-021  Arctic Loon                    2 Feb 2018                                           Steamer Lane  SCZ                           (documentation complete) 2017-155  Nazca Booby (4)          11 Dec 2017-present                      San Diego Bay  SD                            (documentation from 15 observers – additional documentation requested) 2018-010  Nazca Booby                 16 Jan 2018                                         near Ocean Beach  SD                    (documentation complete) 2017-094  Tricolored Heron (2)  25 Sep 2017-present                       Bolsa Chica  ORA                              (documentation from 7 observers – additional documentation requested) 2017-096  Tricolored Heron         25-26 Sep 2017                                  Santa Ana R.  ORA                            (documentation from 2 observers – additional documentation requested) 2017-113  Black Vulture                14-22 Oct 2017                                  Pt. Reyes  MRN                                 (eBird reports – no documentation received) 2018-016  Gyrfalcon                       3 Feb-4 Mar 2018                             Pajaro R. mouth  MTY/SCZ           (documentation from 7 observers – additional documentation requested) 2018-011  Winter Wren                 2 Jan-20 Feb 2018                             Pt. San Pablo  CC                              (documentation from 1 observer – additional documentation requested) 2018-014  Winter Wren                 28 Jan 2018                                         Orr Ranch  SAC                                  (eBird report – no documentation received) 2018-009  Curve-billed Thrasher   6 Jan-18 Feb 2018                          Woodland  YOL                                 (documentation from 9 observers – additional documentation requested) 2018-013  Field Sparrow               26 Jan 2018                                         Half Moon Bay  SM                          (eBird report – no documentation received) 2017-168  Louisiana Waterthrush  23 Dec 2017-14 Jan 2018          Big Sur R.  MTY                                  (documentation from 2 observers – additional documentation requested) 2018-001  Tropical Parula             5 Jan-14 Feb 2018                             Huntington Beach  ORA                 (documentation from 11 observers – additional documentation requested)     What kind of documentation should one submit to the CBRC Following are some guidelines for submitting media and written descriptions that will be useful for helping the CBRC evaluate records and archive documentation. Documentation may
    be submitted directly to the secretary via email ( secretary@... ) , or by using the online submission form ( ).   Media: This includes photos, audio recordings, and video. Photographs are usually the most useful documentation for evaluating records. If you have reasonably good (=identifiable) photos, please submit them. If possible, please crop the
    photos before submission so that the bird fills most of the frame. Also, please send originals whenever possible, and not screenshots or back-of-camera photos. How many photos should you submit That really depends on the record. If it is a long-staying rarity
    that is easily identifiable and seen by dozens of people, then a few photos (1-3 per person) are sufficient. If it is a mega-rarity that is difficult to identify and only seen by a one or few people, then send as many photos as possible that show the bird
    at different angles, postures, lighting, etc. Sometimes it is also useful to submit audio and/or video recordings of the bird, as some birds are more easily identified by their vocalizations. If relatively short, most audio recordings are small enough to be
    submitted via email; please submit those along with a brief note indicating the date and location of the recording. Large audio files and video files can be submitted by using a file sharing service; please contact the secretary if you need to submit a file
    that is too large for email.   Written descriptions: Some written details should always be provided – even the best photos should be accompanied by the name of the observer, the date, and the location, at a minimum. Sometimes a photo can’t be obtained or vocalizations
    can’t be recorded. In some cases, behaviors might be noted in the field that aren’t preserved well by photos. In these cases, it is helpful to submit a written description of the bird. Ideally, this description should be written as soon after observing the
    bird as possible; it is often helpful to make written notes in the field, or even dictate notes into the voice recorder on your smartphone while observing the bird, from which you can later generate a written description. The most important aspect of a written
    description is that you report only what you observed, and not a general description of the bird from a field guide. At a minimum, your description should include the date and location of the observation, and a description of the bird (size and structure,
    plumage, vocalizations, behavior). A brief discussion of how the bird was identified, and how similar species were eliminated is also helpful. Other useful information you might report includes optics used, distance from bird, lighting or weather conditions,
    length of time viewed, and other observers present.    
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  3. Fwd: [CALBIRDS] Eider a steller bird or a joke? LINK
    DATE: Mar 12, 2018 @ 5:57am, 7 month(s) ago
    I forward this to CALBIRDS since that is the forum I spouted off on. Elias is absolutely correct and I am shamed. I apologize to all the birders involved and am working hard to get my foot out leaving my teeth.
    Again, I am sorry I offended.
    Begin forwarded message:
    From: Elias Elias < call7076338833@... >
    Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] Eider a steller bird or a joke
    Date: March 12, 2018 at 2:54:16 AM PDT
    To: Jim Lomax < sdrib@... >
    Cc: Kimball Garrett < kgarrett@... >
    Please Jim,
    We have had really really good observers who have found all sorts of great stuff forever shun the birding community through the attitude you just expressed. For example a Trinidad observer once reported an Arctic Loon several days after the fact. She had a flawless reputation. One local birder with less tack than most took her to task for her delay. As a result it has been years since she has reported a bird to the larger community despite several attempts to coax her into reporting again. Some people are very sensitive and don’t like to be pushed into anything. They might quickly turn spiteful.
    Lesson of the day is to be patient and lose your sense of entitlement.
    Count your blessings for all the birds you do hear about and realize that for innumerable reasons there are circumstances beyond our individual or collective control (including the human emotion of spite) that none of us hear about many other birds.
    Food for thought, as already has been mentioned, backchannel communication with known thicker-skinned entities can frequently answer your concerns with tack while not offending, alienating overly sensitive observers.
    Flock on!
    Arcata CA/at large
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    Last ditch alternate= 707-633-8833
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  5. Fw: [NBB] Arctic Loon, Abbott's Lagoon, 1/30 LINK
    DATE: Jan 31, 2018, 9 month(s) ago
    ----- Forwarded Message -----
    From: "Mark Dettling mdettlin@... [northbaybirds]"
    To: North Bay Birds
    Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 1:45 AM
    Subject: [NBB] Arctic Loon, Abbott's Lagoon, 1/30
    Hello Birders,
    Ryan DiGaudio and I were out at Abbott's Lagoon (in the Point Reyes National Seashore) this morning and saw what we believe is an Arctic Loon. I've submitted an eBird list, but don't have photos in there yet. For those interested in trying to find the bird, we first saw it near the north end of the lagoon and then got some closer views from the east shore of the lagoon. It spent time near the east shore and then out in the middle of the lagoon. There was also a Common Loon and a Red-necked Grebe, both of which the Arctic was close to a few times for size comparisons.
    Ryan and I were actually returning to Abbott's to look for this specific bird since we saw it first on Friday (1/26) while birding with Palomarin staff and interns. Upon our first look, I played it off as a Common Loon because of the largish bill and squarish head, while Ryan thought it might be a Pacific Loon due to the bill not being as large as a nearby Common and the clean distinction between the gray head-hindneck and the white throat-foreneck. Ryan was curious enough to take several photos. Upon reviewing these photos yesterday, we became more confused about it's identity and started to consider Arctic since it was showing white flanks. We sent the photos to Keith Hansen, Peter Pyle, and Steve Howell who all agreed that it looked good for an Arctic.
    We decided that we needed to go back and see the bird again before making the final call, and luckily the bird was still at Abbott's this morning. We were able to watch the bird for a couple of hours with the bird being as close as 80 meters from us. The bird looks to be a young bird with the back feathers having pale gray to white edging making the back look scaly. The bird was actively diving (and successfully catching fish) most of the time, but there were periods when it was more relaxed and even preened a couple times. Even while actively diving the bird showed a strip of white on its flanks along the waterline more often than not. As far as I understand Pacific Loons would not show this amount of white especially while active. The throat and neck were clean white without a "necklace". I've read some descriptions that say some young Pacific's will lack the "necklace", so not a definitive mark, but still consistent with Arctic. The head shape was somewhat blocky with a steep forehead and a noticeable angle at the rear of the head, reminiscent of Common Loon head shape. The bill looked biggish to me, but Ryan thought it was not as large as a Common's. When the bird was near the Common we could see that the Arctic was obviously smaller, the bill was smaller, and the head was not as blocky. Again, from what we've read Arctic's are in between Common and Pacific in regards to size and shape.
    We've uploaded a number of photos and a couple short video clips here:
    Photos from the original sighting on Friday can be seen here:
    We hope others can get out and see this bird. And I'm sure we'll hear if our ID is disputed!
    Mark Dettling
    Bolinas, CA
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  7. Arctic Loon and King Eider off Big Lagoon Spit, Humboldt LINK
    DATE: Nov 29, 2015 @ 6:31pm, 3 year(s) ago
    I started scoping for murrelets at dawn this morning from Big Lagoon Spit. I was distracted from the task at hand first by the continuing (but difficult to relocate) ARCTIC LOON and then by a female KING EIDER. I was happy to finally get some photos of the loon from the rear so that you can see both flank patches at once. My one near-profile shot of the eider leaves much to be desired.
    I ended up with over 50 murrelets (mostly Marbleds), including the odd bird I've been trying to pin down over the past week, which in the bright sunlight appears to have an almost completely white face. Unfortunately it was still too distant for decent photos.
    Walk north up the beach from the parking lot at the southwest corner of the lagoon. After about a half-mile there is a log angled up and out toward the ocean--the only one that really sticks up. I started here, soon found the loon, followed it up the beach for another 500 meters as it swam north, then saw the eider, and both birds generally floated back toward the south and farther offshore. I cannot emphasize how much better EARLY morning can be out there, both for glassy-calm conditions (wind-waves being your greatest obstacle to birding) and also because a lot of birds seem to move further offshore later.
    Good luck,
    Tristan McKee
    Arcata, CA
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  9. Fwd: [nwcalbird] Arctic Loon re-found LINK
    DATE: Sep 27, 2015 @ 9:06pm, 3 year(s) ago
    The basic-plumaged ARCTIC LOON that spent August molting in the North Humboldt Bay has been seen from several locations around the mouth of the bay in the past two days, offering much better views than it did in August, when we were struggling with it from Vance Avenue in the extreme distance. If accepted, this will be Humboldt's second record. Interestingly, at least three of California's 11 accepted records also occurred in summer.
    Tristan McKee
    Arcata, CA
    ---------- Forwarded message ----------From: sean mcallister <whiteouters@...>Date: Sat, Sep 26, 2015 at 5:36 PMSubject: Re: [nwcalbird] Arctic Loon re-foundTo: Tristan McKee <atmckee@...>Cc: "" <>I have seen the ARCTIC LOON twice since Tristan's report yesterday. I saw it yesterday shortly after his report to the bird box, from the south spit, while the bird was in the area he described -- just out from the east end of the south breakwater. At that time it was very near two COMMON LOONS and it appeared slightly smaller than them, showed a relatively neatly demarcated neck line and distinct white flanks. Overall the bird appeared more blackish above than the Common Loons, which were both in basic plumage. I also noted the difference in diving behavior, as Tristan mentioned. The Arctic rose up in an arcing posture before diving, whereas the Commons simply lunged softly forward and down. I believe I saw the Arctic fly west just as a thick fog bank came in and I lost sight of all of them.Around noon today, from the King Salmon breakwater, I saw the Arctic again in the same general location. I had it twice in clear view and excellent light, although very briefly, between very long dives and then it disappeared, probably having flown. I saw all of the field marks described previously, as well as a distinctly flat shape to the top of the head, which I had also noted when I saw the bird several weeks ago near the Samoa bridge. 
    In addition to Common Loons, there were also a few RED-THROATED LOONS and two PACIFIC LOONS nearby for comparison. 
    Other noteworthy birds at King Salmon today were at least a dozen RED-NECKED GREBES, about six WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and 5 jaegers on the water, in a single view, including one adult POMERINE JAEGER and a possible second juvenile Pomerine. The rest were PARASITIC JAEGERS. There were 7 EARED GREBES with one in full alternate plumage. 3 of the 50 or so HEERMAN'S GULLS were juveniles. 
    Sean McAllister
    Ridgewood Heights
    On Friday, September 25, 2015, Tristan McKee atmckee@... [nwcalbird] <> wrote:
    This morning I re-found the Arctic Loon near the east end of the breakwater on the South Spit. I was viewing from the cypress patch on the North Spit, which provided decent views of the bird, but a trip to the South Spit would probably allow one to get much closer. It was showing off its classic white rear flank patches very nicely today, and I was able to see the face and neck pattern (including the distinctive white auriculars flaring up behind the eye) fairly well at this distance. The bird was still associating with Common Loons; beware they often show white in the flanks as well. The bird is thinner-necked and a bit smaller-billed than the Commons and tends to jump into a slight arc when diving, unlike the Commons, which simply lunge forward. Of course, it also lacks the white partial collar intruding into the neck sides of Common. The white flanks, large size, large bill, and white auriculars distinguish the bird from a Pacific Loon.
    Tristan McKee
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  11. Humboldt Kelp Gull, apparent Arctic Loon, and Lesser Black-backed Gull continue LINK
    DATE: Aug 11, 2015 @ 10:38pm, 3 year(s) ago
    Hi Calbirders -
    This evening the conditions were excellent for viewing the bay north of the Eureka-Samoa Bridge. 150-200 gulls usually roost on the oyster platforms east of the north end of Vance Ave, which is the first road on the bay side north of the west end of the bridge. I was able to barely make out the dull yellow legs of the continuing KELP GULL on oyster platform 14, which is in the northern chain of platforms. I was also able to see the darker back compared to the Westerns--blackish, sometimes with a brownish tinge--the long wings, slender body, small head, and very deep bill which shows a pale, dull horn color at the base. There are distinct jagged gaps in the white secondary skirt near the tertials, especially on the bird's left side; this might help in picking the bird out, though Westerns in molt are showing some gaps there now too. This bird has a distinct white mirror on the retained tenth primary and is thus a different individual from the one found by Bob Siegal in southern San Mateo County in April and (presumably the same bird) seen later in Half Moon Bay and on Southeast Farallon Island. Given the similar ages of these birds (adult but with a few retained immature features), I wonder if an event caused dispersal of first-cycle birds a few years ago and they are just now becoming identifiable. The only way to find out is to keep looking for more Kelp Gulls on the West Coast.
    Photos from this gull's original appearance on Humboldt Bay last Wednesday are at the following link; I will look through today's photos and add some if they are helpful in picking the bird out in the distance.
    The best hope of getting good views of this bird is to work the gulls on the mudflats north of Vance Ave just as they are being exposed during a dropping tide (you will see the gulls gathering above the shallow spots before they surface). Or, you can try to pick the bird out roosting on the oyster platforms and then wait for it to (hopefully) fly closer to forage. This scenario is most likely to occur early on a cloudy morning when the sun is not in your eyes. Heat waves makes things very difficult from mid-morning until about 6:00 in the evening or later.
    Other news from Humboldt is that Casey Ryan and Tony Kurz studied and photographed what appears to be the returning LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the Elk River Mouth (Hilficker Drive) in Eureka, which spent last August at that location. The bird has now attained a mantle color similar to a pale graellsii. Tony and Casey reported that the bird's size still stands out as extraordinarily large, with a bulk similar to the surrounding Westerns and a height sometimes appearing even taller. The sheer size of the bird, as well as the cinnamon tones in the plumage last year, may suggest the Taimyr Gull (Larus [fuscus/heuglini] taimyrensis) of north-central Russia, currently regarded as a Lesser Black-backed Gulls by the AOU but a race of Heuglin's Gull, a hybrid swarm between Heuglin's and Vega Herring gulls, or its own species by most others.
    An apparent ARCTIC LOON in basic plumage has been loosely associating with Common Loons in the distancde at the Vance Ave (Kelp Gull) location. It is most often seen foraging or sleeping behind the southern chain of oyster platforms or further south toward the bridge. Just before sunset, when the lighting conditions are also best, the loons begin to cluster into a tight group near the center of the channel. This bird has not approached closely enough for decent photos, but it shows white flank patches (often small when the bird is riding low on the water, but generally quite obvious), white auriculars (so that the cap angles down through the eye), a very large bill, a Common Loon-like head shape (bump on forehead and flat crown), and a fairly pale nape (helping to pick it out from the Commons). The bird is nearly as large as the Common Loons but has a more slender (and often longer-looking) neck and a straight line of contrast down the side of the neck. Note that in some photos the bird appears to have a chin-strap; however, other photos (especially with the bird flapping and facing the observer) show that actually two dark lines come into the throat at different angles, neither of which are in the right place for a chin-strap, so they are therefore likely missing or dark alternate-type feathers that run into the dark "sideburns" shown by Arctic/Pacific in the blurry photos. Here are some photos; I'll add more tonight:
    I also had a first-summer FRANKLIN'S GULL floating behind the oyster platforms at Vance Ave this evening, likely the same bird recently found by David Fix in Arcata.
    There have been lots of other good birds in NW California this summer; this is by no means a complete summary, but rather a quick update.
    Best of luck,
    Tristan McKee
    Arcata, CA
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  13. Continuing Arctic Loon LINK
    DATE: Jul 30, 2013 @ 6:19pm, 5 year(s) ago
    The Arctic Loon is still present at Bonelli Park in San Dimas. It is currently
    in a cove between the lifeguard station and the exposed dam wall. Earlier this
    morning, it was close to the lifeguard station. (A lifeguard we talked to said
    that he checked with his boss, and that birders would be allowed to walk to the
    cove along the road to Raging Waters.)
    One thing we noticed is that it seems to have much more white on the right flank
    than the left flank. The left side appears just to have a white patch near the
    rear, while the right side has white along much of the flank.
    Anil Antony
    Glendale, CA
    Sent from my iPhone
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  15. Re: [CALBIRDS] Arctic Loon LINK
    DATE: Jun 5, 2013 @ 4:38am, 5 year(s) ago
    I had good looks at the Arctic Loon this evening from 17:10 to 17:30
    off the point near the sailboat launch ramp on the West side of the
    Reaervoir @ Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park. He was just out of range
    to get a good photo
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  17. Arctic Loon LINK
    DATE: Jun 4, 2013 @ 6:25pm, 5 year(s) ago
    Still present this morning (0700-0900, 4 June) at Frank G. Bonelli Regional
    Park. Although not terribly close, it was easily seen from the Swim Beach area.
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  19. Arctic Loon LINK
    DATE: Jun 3, 2013 @ 6:46pm, 5 year(s) ago
    I saw the Arctic Loon at the Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas, CA
    this morning between 0850 and 0930. Although, it was visible with a scope from
    just north of Swim Beach, closer looks were from across the reservoir near the
    East Shore parking area.
    Gary Grantham
    San Diego
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  21. Arctic Loon still in Monterey Harbor--24 March LINK
    DATE: Mar 25, 2013 @ 2:38am, 6 year(s) ago
    I refound the Arctic Loon today in Monterey Harbor in the same place off
    Wharf #2. I don't think the bird has been seen despite many tries since 27
    Feb. The bird is still in juvenile plumage (as far as I can tell), and
    shows no signs of molt. I didn't have my real camera with me at the time,
    but the bird was quite close, and I was able to get some documentation
    shots with my point-and-shoot.
    The bird is apparently much less reliable than it was before, but it is
    still around, so keep looking if you've missed it before. Not sure where it
    goes when it's not in the harbor, but when it is in the harbor is is
    generally feeding very actively between Wharf #2 and Fisherman's Wharf.
    I've got my fingers crossed that it will stay the summer, but we'll see.
    *Brian L. Sullivan
    eBird/AKN Project Leader *
    *Photo Editor*
    Birds of North America Online
    North American Birds
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  23. Re: [MBB] Arctic Loon and others LINK
    DATE: Jan 18, 2013 @ 5:47pm, 6 year(s) ago
    The juv Arctic Loon was present at its 'usual' location at 9 a.m. this
    morning, on the harbor side near the end of Wharf #2 in Monterey Harbor.
    As usual, it moved quite a lot (including out to the tip of Fisherman's
    Wharf) during my visit.
    There is also a spectacular congregation of jellies at the end of Wharf
    #2 (Chrysalis), and there is a story that a Leatherback was seen eating
    them there yesterday morning.
    Don Roberson
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  25. Malibu Arctic Loon LINK
    DATE: Jan 16, 2013 @ 10:13pm, 6 year(s) ago
    NOT seen between 0700 and 1200 today (16 Jan).
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  27. Arctic Loon @ Malibu Pier, Tue 1/15, Photos and Video LINK
    DATE: Jan 15, 2013 @ 8:42pm, 6 year(s) ago
    Birders, the ARCTIC LOON found this past weekend continued this morning
    posing quite nicely very close to the Malibu Pier. Here are links to my
    photo and video:
    Christopher Taylor
    Marina del Rey, CA
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  29. Monterey Arctic Loon LINK
    DATE: Jan 15, 2013 @ 7:47pm, 6 year(s) ago
    I looked for the Arctic Loon in Monterey from 11:40 to 2:40 yesterday and did
    not see it.
    John Sterling
    26 Palm Ave
    Woodland, CA 95695
    530 908-3836
    jsterling@... (photos, classes, tours, county birding)
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