Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2009-23

Common name:

Red-throated Loon

Scientific name: Gavia stellata
Date: Nov 25 to Dec 4, 2008
Time: various
Length of time observed: ~ 1-2 hours cumulative
Number: 1
Age: immature
Location: Quail Creek State Park
County: Washington
Latilong: 19
Elevation: ~ 925 m
Distance to bird: 50-200 m
Optical equipment: 20-60x scope, small digital camera
Weather: various
Light Conditions: various
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Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
While driving by Quail Creek on Nov 25, I noticed an immature Red-throated Loon near the inflow portion of the reservoir. I first thought it was the loon photographed at QCSP earlier in November (UBRC 2008-09), however, through the scope it was obvious it was a different individual with smudgy dark markings across the throat. I took a few low resolution digital photographs through the spotting scope to document the loon. Remained through at least December 4, 2008 (also observed 11/27, 11/29, 12/1).

Small, delicate, and very pale loon, with no obvious chest bulge at water line. Thin, pale gray bill, held upward at slight angle. Eye dark, and obvious on face. Throat, neck and upper chest white, with slight dark/ reddish smudging across upper neck /throat. Dark gray cap, extending down rear of neck to dark gray back with pale speckling.
(see photos)
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Description from: Notes made later
Observer: Rick Fridell
Observer's address: 451 North SR-318 Hurricane, UT
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 12-16-09
Additional material: Photos