[Tweeters] Possible Yellow-billed Loon off Rosario Beach, Anacortes. ID help wanted

Wayne Weber contopus at telus.net
Fri Feb 26 11:35:21 PST 2021


This is, without a shred of doubt, a Yellow-billed Loon. As well as the
bill, note the flat top of the head, and the light to medium gray, not dark
gray, color of the crown and nape. These are classic features of a
Yellow-billed Loon.

I disagree that this is a "crappy shot"-- it's better than most of my bird

Eric, it's too bad that you and other NW Washington birders are not allowed
to cross the Canadian border. There has been a well-marked immature
Yellow-billed Loon feeding in the Nicomekl River at Elgin Heritage Park
(just east of Boundary Bay) almost every day now since late December, and
nearly every birder in the area has seen it.

Good luck and good birding,

Wayne Weber

contopus at telus.net

From: Tweeters [mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman11.u.washington.edu] On
Behalf Of Eric Ellingson
Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 8:23 PM
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: [Tweeters] Possible Yellow-billed Loon off Rosario Beach,
Anacortes. ID help wanted

Sometimes a destination is all one needs to head in a different direction.

This was my 2nd attempt, half-heartedly to look for what would be a life

I'm like 90% sure the photo I took today is of a Yellow-billed Loon.

However, when one is searching for something specific I've learned from
experience, it is easy to make one's pursuit into what one wants to see.

Thus, your feedback most appreciated. I usually don't post such crappy shots
but this is all I got. Cropped from a 200% viewing.

I do have more angles/shots, and possibly from 2-3 others who saw this with


Eric Ellingson

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