[Tweeters] Red-throated Loon in Freshwater Off Breeding Ground?

Russ Koppendrayer russkope at gmail.com
Sun Nov 3 05:21:22 PST 2013


Hi Vincent, Tweeters,

We get a few anually in winter up the Columbia River at least as far as
Woodland.

Russ Koppendrayer
Longview, WA


On Sat, Nov 2, 2013 at 11:31 PM, Vincent Lucas <vincentlucas5 at gmail.com>wrote:


> Perhaps this is nothing new to WA birders but it is to me. I know that

> Red-throated Loons breed on freshwater lakes in the Arctic but until a few

> weeks ago, I’ve never seen one one a presumably freshwater river in

> migration. On 10/22/13, I photographed this juvenile RTLO on the Wa’atch

> River in Neah Bay, Clallam Co. The area was at the eastern end of the

> river. I assume that part of the river is freshwater or is it brackish? I

> read where RTLOs prefer saltwater when not breeding so is this unusual to

> see one in freshwater or brackish water? I’m grateful for any input.

> Thanks. Here’s the link to the photo.

>

> http://www.flickr.com/photos/leppyone/10640353723/

>

> --

> Vincent Lucas

> Sequim, WA

> vincentlucas5 at gmail.com

>

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