Date: 3/17/17 5:11 am
From: richardscott w (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: R.T. Loons - Holden Beach, Brunswick County
Thanks to all for the feedback.
I have changed my report of Red-necked Grebe to Horned Grebe. I have
had a chance to study these birds some more and see the mistake I made
This list is a great learning tool.
-Scott Walker-

On Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 7:28 PM, Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr...> wrote:
> 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
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