Date: 3/16/17 4:28 pm From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Re: R.T. Loons - Holden Beach, Brunswick County
Actually, Red-necked Grebe is very rare in southern coastal waters. I am not aware of any coastal records at all in the last month or two, even north of Cape Hatteras. I am surprised that there are no such reports, as Feb into March is a good time to see it on the ocean, but not in the warmish waters south of Cape Hatteras. Thus, you should provide details/descriptions on eBird, this listserve, etc., before your report were to get accepted.
Red-throated Loons are often much, much more numerous than Common Loons on the ocean along the NC coast. It is quite variable by location -- off Wrightsville Beach, you often see 50 Commons for every few R-t Loons. But, off many other beaches, such as along the east shore of the Outer Banks, it is about 50 R-t Loons per Common.
Harry LeGrand Raleigh
On Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 5:16 PM, richardscottw <carolinabirds...> wrote:
> I am seeing so many Red-throated Loons today on the ocean at Holden Beach > that > I thought I would post and see if folks think its an unusual event. In a > five- > minute scan from the shore of a portion of the bay I counted 60+. > Everywhere I > look on the water I see them. > Also had one Common Loon and a few Red-necked Grebes. > We're from Pennsylvania, so for all I know this is not unusual at all. But > its > remarkable to me. > We also had a nice little raft of Horned Grebes at the west end of the > island > today. > -Scott Walker >