|Common Name||Pacific loon|
|Scientific Name||Gavia pacifica|
|Type of Report||Rare Species|
|Date of Observation||01/17/2021|
|Reporting Observer's Name||Sue Wetmore|
|Mailing Address||14 Maple St.|
Brandon, Vermont 05733
|Latitude of Observation||0|
|Longitude of Observation||0|
|Place Name||Champlain Bridge|
|Time of Day||11:37 AM|
|Length of Time Observed||20 minutes|
|Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)||1/4 mile|
|Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)||1/4|
|Noteworthy Weather Conditions|
Water was fairly calm.
|Optical Equipment Used for Observation|
Vortex Razor 8x42
|Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species|
Have seen a PALO in December and in other years past.
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|Description of Habitat|
Open water north of the bridge, ice was just north of the bridge as well. Bird was just beyond that.
Loon was actively feeding, diving in its signature form and staying under for extended periods.
|Description of Vocalizations|
|Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation|
I saw a loon that had all dark flanks and back, neck had a sharp defined line between the white throat and black neck. The eye was within the black area on the upper head. Bill was slender and held level.
|Relative Size & Shape|
typical loon configuration, smaller than a COLO.
Crown was black and extended over the eye, Chin and neck white down to the breast. Nape was black that continued down the back of the neck.
|Feet & Bill|
Bill was grayish, slender and moderate length.
|Lower Back & Rump|
|Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts|
Breast was white, flanks dark, coverts not seen.
|IMPORTANT: What similar species were eliminated when making the identification and how was this bird different?|
Common loon , which is much bigger and heavier billed
|Other Notes & Comments|
It appeared to be an adult in winter plumage.
|This report was written from notes taken:||Written from Memory|