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Common Loon in Breeding Plumage in Mission Bay

9:21 pm


Not sure why nobody else has reported this to our local listservs. Maybe
someone did and I missed it, or maybe it’s not a big deal to most local
birders. It was for me. There is a Common Loon in breeding plumage in
Mission Bay. As far as I know, the first eBird report was on June 26. It
has been seen every day since. Looks like one group went out on a boat
and saw it near the Mission Bay channel entrance on the 27th. After the
first sighting, it seems like most eBirders who have seen it from land
have reported it along the Mariners Point Park area. One person reported
it in Sail Bay this morning. Seems it likes to preen in the Mariners
Point area at various times from mid to late afternoon. I went there
yesterday and today. Didn’t find it between 3:00 and 4:30 p.m.
yesterday, but I saw it late this afternoon.  My eBird list with photos
and details on where I spotted it, what time, and its movements for
about an hour and a half are here:

This bird takes its feather care very seriously. I watched it preen for
45 minutes, and it was still at it when I left.

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs