Many don’t even notice the smallest loon in the world as it migrates through the Champlain valley each fall. It takes patience and often a spotting scope to find the red-throated loon as it wings down the middle of the lake or splashes down far from shore.
On the southern end of
We should have known they were coming. Nearly 200 were seen on the
Most loons must paddle and “run” across the water surface for long distances to take off. The small red-throated loon is able to take off directly from the ground by springing from its feet into the air, a great adaptation for living on small tundra ponds.
Loons are reported to be among the oldest groups of birds still living today, with a history some think stretches back more than 50 million years. But recently, populations of this loon have declined in
Thousands of common loons also migrate down
These two loons are relatively easy to tell apart in late fall. The red-throated loon has a slender bill usually held upward, a paler face, and neck without a gray collar. Double-crested cormorants have longer necks and hooked bill tips.
The highlight for rare bird reports this week was the sighting of a young drake king eider off Grand Isle on November 15th. Others included a cackling goose hidden among 77
Late season songbirds included two marsh wrens at West Rutland Marsh on the 18th and a hermit thrush in
You can explore all the birds reported last week in