Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Arctic Loon - Monterey Harbor

A few days ago local birders found an ARCTIC LOON in Monterey, California harbor near Wharf 2.

So this afternoon I joined several other birders to go to Monterey and hopefully find this important bird.  It was a dreary overcast day with some drizzle at times, and after almost four hours of searching all around harbor... just as we were about to give up... the ARCTIC LOON was again spotted very close to the wharf!   It dives for several minutes and it swims underwater quite a ways... so you never are quite sure where it is going to re-appear again.  Luckily, about an hour before darkness, we all were thrilled to finally observe this quite rare bird for California!   Success!

ARCTIC LOON - Monterey, California harbor