Checklist S54496646

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Owner Carol Riddell

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  1. Number observed: 4
  2. Number observed: 6
  3. Number observed: 1
  4. Number observed: 9
  5. Number observed: 4
  6. Number observed: 2

    Details: Tiny alcids with small heads and bills, mostly transitioned into their dark breeding plumage.

  7. Number observed: 1

    Details: This loon stood out for the extensive white on its flanks. I brought the scope (Swarovski 85 mm) back to study it. It was fairly far out, maybe between half a mile and a mile (not good at estimating distance on the water), and pretty much due west, on flat water, when I first saw it. My viewing was not impeded by hazy sun to the south. This was a dark loon, not yet having molted into breeding plumage. It was larger than the Pacific Loons that I routinely see along the Edmonds waterfront, but smaller than a Common Loon. On the spectrum between the rounded head of a Pacific Loon and the flatter head of a Common Loon, this bird's head was closer to Common Loon, in that it was noticeably flat. White on the neck and face was more extensive than what is seen on Pacific Loons in basic plumage. The bill appeared to be a little heavier than what I am accustomed to seeing on local Pacific Loons. I watched this bird for more than an hour and ended the observation by viewing it from the north end of Sunset Avenue, as the bird was staying offshore but drifting south. Both Steve Pink and Dennis Duffy arrived to see the bird but viewing conditions were more challenging by then. My best views were my initial views while the bird remained relaxed on the surface. Later it was doing a lot of preening and diving and got into choppier water. When we viewed this lone bird from Sunset Avenue, we noticed a pack of 7 Pacific Loons, all traveling closely together as they customarily do, and nowhere near this target loon. While I had very good scope views, this loon was way beyond the range of my 400 mm camera lens.
    Addendum: After posting this checklist, I studied a NOAA chart I have of the area. I then did some land-based research with my scope and camera. Based on the results of my testing, I would revise my initial estimate of distance to, at first, about a tenth of a mile and then up to two tenths of a mile as the loon swam slowly to the south and west.

  8. Number observed: 1
  9. Number observed: 1
  10. Number observed: 16
  11. Number observed: 6
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  12. Number observed: 1
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