Arctic Loon, Gavia arctica


Arctic Loon
The Arctic Loon is almost identical in appearance to the Pacific Loon, except for its prominent white flank patch. The species is extremely rare in North America south of Alaska, so the bird pictured above and below provided a treat for Northern California birders as it showed itself frequently during the winter of 2012-13 alongside the commercial fishing wharf in Monterey. The brown plumage marks it as a juvenile; an adult would be a darker gray-brown.


Arctic Loon