LOON SIGHTINGS
Use this page to help identify the loon you sighted.
 

Identification Tips:

Sexes similar - Large diving bird with long body that rides low in the water. Large bill is straight, tapers to a point, and is held horizontally. Feet set far back on body, and trail behind body in flight. Upper wings wholly dark in flight.
Adult alternate:
Black bill; black head; black neck with white markings; white chest and belly; black back with white checkering and spotting.
Adult basic:
Pale gray bill; gray-brown cap, forehead, nape, hind-neck and back; white face, eye ring, chin, throat, fore-neck and belly; jagged border between white fore-neck and dark hind-neck.
Immature:
Like basic-plumaged adult but often with paler bill and white scalloping on back.

Photos by Ginger Gumm & Daniel Poleschook, Jr.
Common Loon - Spring / Summer
Common Loon - Fall / Winter
Photo by Ginger Gumm & Daniel Poleschook, Jr.
Photo by Ginger Gumm & Daniel Poleschook, Jr.
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Photo by Ginger Gumm & Daniel Poleschook, Jr.
Photo by Ginger Gumm & Daniel Poleschook, Jr.
Common Merganser - Male
Barrow's Goldeneye - Male
Photo by Ginger Gumm & Daniel Poleschook, Jr.
Photo by Ginger Gumm & Daniel Poleschook, Jr.