Uncommonly Beautiful Loons

I can’t imagine going to Westport anytime other than mid-summer without checking on the Loons to see if they’re in breeding colors. On this visit I was greeted by a Common Loon that popped up as I walked down the ramp to the dock.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t in breeding colors,

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though it didn’t take long to sight several in breeding colors

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out in the harbor. Unfortunately, they were at a considerable distance.

I was out at the end of the jetty when this one popped up right beneath me,

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or, more precisely, a hundred feet or so below me. Still, I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a better shot to show the pattern on the Loon’s back.

After shooting the shorebird migration at Bottle Beach, I decided to go to Tokeland to see if there were any Godwits there. It appears that all the recent construction at Tokeland has driven off the Godwits.

As a small consolation, a Common Loon appeared right of the dock,

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which seemed like a fitting way to end a long day birding at the coast.

What do you think?