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Purple-throated Loon off the Coast of Maine – 10,000 Birds

“That loon appears to be like bizarre,” I remarked to my mother. It definitely wasn’t probably the most eloquent phrase to ever fall from my lips, however it was true from my reference level. I completely see Widespread Loons, each in Maine – the place I spent the vacations and into January – and at my dwelling base in Florida. At first look, the silhouette seemed proper for a loon, however one thing was…off.

Mother and I birded at Maine’s Fort Edgecomb State Historic Web site whereas Dad chased my hyperactive toddler throughout the grassy slope. Regardless of the comparatively heat (however nonetheless effectively under freezing) temperatures birds had been few and farm between, however we noticed a Bufflehead, a Lengthy-tailed Duck, a Horned Grebe, a Bald Eagle, and a smattering of each Widespread Loons and Purple-breasted Mergansers. The Widespread Loon look-alike hen remained a thriller.

We hadn’t supposed to spend so much of time at Fort Edgecomb, and had left the automobile with only a pair of binoculars in hand. Effectively, that wasn’t going to chop it now that we would have liked higher decision for identification functions. Mother went again for the digicam with the 300 mm lens, simply in time for the seabird to paddle farther away. Yet another journey again to the automobile and we arrange the recognizing scope on a weathered picnic desk.

Mother units up the scope.

Sure! Now the hen got here into view. A extra delicate invoice, angled up barely. A smaller body. A white neck and face… No surprise we thought it seemed like a “unusual” loon – it was a loon: A Purple-throated Loon! Unusual however not essentially uncommon throughout Maine, this beautiful species loved the calm waters of the cove, periodically diving for fish and different prey beneath the floor.

I’ve stated it earlier than, and I’ll say it once more: I really like birding throughout Maine winters greater than another season!

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