Date: 3/7/18 10:53 am
From: David Irons <llsdirons...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Pale-billed Common Loon - Yaquina Bay
Definitely a pale bill, but unfortunately it is attached to a Common Loon. Great buyer beware example of a faux Yellow-billed Loon.

Dave Irons

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On Mar 6, 2018, at 10:49 PM, Jeff Harding <jeffharding...><mailto:<jeffharding...>> wrote:

Here’s a photo of a loon that was off the Newport Public Fishing Pier this morning. The bill is thick and pale, and seems to be angled like a Yellow-billed loon might have. But it isn’t holding it’s bill up, and the body has its highest point well forward, like a Common Loon. I understand from Lars Jonsson’s Birds of Europe, that a Common Loon in late winter, before the transition to summer plumage, “can look almost wholly whitish on the bill-tip, which combined with the then paler and worn neck markings produces a risk of confusion with the White-billed diver” (Yellow-billed Loon).

So I guess that’s what’s going on.

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