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Checklist S17258798

 
Location
Gulf Islands National Seashore--Fort Pickens, Escambia County, Florida, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat Mar 01, 2014 7:30 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
3
Duration:
1 hour(s), 20 minute(s)
Distance:
10.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Andy Wraithmell
Comments:
N/A
Species
36 species total
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1st winter bird - obviously larger and more black and white toned than 1w Herring Gulls.

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100yds off fishing pier at Fort. Obviously smaller than close by Common Loons and slightly smaller than Double-crested Cormorant. Dark bodied loon with elegantly shaped neck and rounded head. Sharply contrast and demarcated bi-colored head and neck pattern. Dark gray on crown and nape but darker black on sides of neck. This feature was quite obvious in good light. Dark coloration extended to just below the eye giving it a dark faced appearance which to me made it look like it had a bowl headed haircut! Bill was small and held on a level plane. Front of neck and breast was crisp white and thin dark chinstrap was easily noted. Body was very low in water compared to Common Loons. When preening it's back the chinstrap really stood out. I got a few iphonescoped pictures but they are awful. Bird was viewed through a 32x82mm scope.

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© Andy Wraithmell

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© Andy Wraithmell

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Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes