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Pacific Loon - Salisbury, MA - February 20, 2011 | by Jonathan Mays
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Pacific Loon - Salisbury, MA - February 20, 2011

crappy, heavily-cropped, digiscoped photo (3 of 3) of a previously reported Pacific Loon; though poor light and distant, the photos show a rounded, dark headed and dark backed bird with a small horizontally held bill; the nape is slightly lighter than the back and clearly demarcated (no jaggedness) from the white front; the eye area is dark. Though not visible in any of the photos, a finely barred back was observed via a spotting scope (20-60x eyepiece) suggesting a juvenile bird; while we didn't notice a chin strap while viewing the bird, there seems to be a faint suggestion of one in the above photo; ca. 5:15pm Sunday evening (2/20/11) at Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Salisbury, MA (digiscoped)

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Taken on February 20, 2011