I also observed the Common and Yellow-billed Loon pair briefly this evening as I was only 10 minutes away from Brushy Creek Recreation Area doing some birding and hunting season scouting after work. I'd echo all Steve's statements about the identification of this pair of birds. The two birds seemed to be closely associating which really highlighted the stark differences between them. Both birds were actively foraging and spending a lot of time underwater while I was there but still provided plenty of good looks through a scope. Great bird!
Kevin Murphy, Ames
On Mon, Aug 12, 2019 at 8:03 PM Dinsmore, Stephen J [ENT] < <cootjr...> wrote:
> Today I received an email from Stewart Nelson of Ames asking about the > possibility of seeing Common Loons in Iowa now. He later forwarded me a > photo showing two loons: one was clearly a basic-plumaged Common Loon, but > the second bird was a bit out of focus and positioned at an odd angle. > Despite these challenges, I thought the second bird's bill looked large in > profile and pale, and wondered about the possibility of a Yellow-billed > Loon. This evening I followed up on the sighting and was surprised to > confirm my hunch - the second bird is a subadult Yellow-billed Loon. I > believe this is the sixth record for Iowa, and the second from summer. In > the attached photo the Yellow-billed is on the left and the Common on the > right. Note the differences in bill size, shape, and color, head posture, > and the generally pale-headed appearance of the Yellow-billed. The location > is Brushy Creek Recreation Area in Webster County. Many thanks to Stewart > for prompting me to take a closer look at these birds! > > Chasers - go! > > Steve > ********** > Stephen J. Dinsmore > Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management > Iowa State University > 203 Science II > Ames, IA 50011 > Phone: 515-294-1348 > E-mail: <cootjr...> > Web: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~cootjr/ > > -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "IA-BIRD" group. > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an > email to ia-bird+<unsubscribe...> > To view this discussion on the web visit > https://groups.google.com/d/msgid/ia-bird/<DM6PR04MB420259F206CEF78FFEEA03F5D0D20...> > <https://groups.google.com/d/msgid/ia-bird/<DM6PR04MB420259F206CEF78FFEEA03F5D0D20...>?utm_medium=email&utm_source=footer> > . >