Date: 8/13/19 2:37 pm
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon.
Yellow-billed Loon continues at 4:30 PM Tuesday, 8/13. It is actively
feeding along the dam with the Common Loon.

Eric Ollie
Ames

On Tue, Aug 13, 2019, 7:54 AM Joe Jungers <lotusjungers...> wrote:

> Still present, 7:50am
>
> Joe Jungers
>
> On Aug 12, 2019, at 10:33 PM, Kevin Murphy <kevin.murphy39...>
> wrote:
>
> 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/
>>
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