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It’s a Pacific Loon. Common Loons would have heftier bills and a white “spur” on the neck. Arctics Loons would lack the “chinstrap” and have more extensive white on the flanks.

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Well, another instance where my old, "trusty" bird book has failed me. I don't even see Pacific Loon in my book, so I assume it is a fairly recent taxonomic revision. I am off to Amazon to get a newer birding ID source. Thanks.

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2 hours ago, Jackie Pritchard said:

Well, another instance where my old, "trusty" bird book has failed me. I don't even see Pacific Loon in my book, so I assume it is a fairly recent taxonomic revision. I am off to Amazon to get a newer birding ID source. Thanks.

Definitely not "fairly recent", that split happened in 1985... most birders nowadays probably don't know those were once considered conspecific

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19 hours ago, AlexHenry said:

Definitely not "fairly recent", that split happened in 1985... most birders nowadays probably don't know those were once considered conspecific

Indeed

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