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Pacific Loon? Race Point Beach, Cape Cod today


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I saw my first Pacific today. This is a Red-throated with the thin, upturned bill, and grayish coloration. Pacific Loons have a contrasting, straight neck border, like certain ages (don’t know exactly, presumably adults) of red-throated loons. They have more black than white on the neck, while Red-throated has more white than black (I hope I didn’t switch those around). Also, if you see a chinstrap, it’s a Pacific. 

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5 minutes ago, Avery said:

I saw my first Pacific today. This is a Red-throated with the thin, upturned bill, and grayish coloration. Pacific Loons have a contrasting, straight neck border, like certain ages (don’t know exactly, presumably adults) of red-throated loons. They have more black than white on the neck, while Red-throated has more white than black (I hope I didn’t switch those around). Also, if you see a chinstrap, it’s a Pacific. 

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16 minutes ago, Morgan said:

Hi all,

Going through some photos from today. This looks a little different than the RT Loons I saw - could this be pacific? Maybe?

 

thx

 

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I want to add that this is an awesome shot! Somehow both the scoter and loon are pretty much in focus!

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