Pacific Loon

Gavia pacifica

This Pacific Loon, moulting into breeding plumage, was discovered and photographed at St. Vincent's on May 18, 2014. Common Loon in foreground for comparison. - Photo: Alvan Buckley

This Pacific Loon, moulting into breeding plumage, was discovered and photographed at St. Vincent’s on May 18, 2014. Common Loon in foreground for comparison.
– Photo: Alvan Buckley

Status: Very Rare (< 5 records)

Origins: Breeds in Alaska and northern Canada as far east as Baffin Island, as well as eastern Russia, and winters mostly on the Pacific coast.

Record Details: Four records for Newfoundland. The first two records occurred during the Cape St. Mary’s Christmas Bird Count –  (1) December 21, 1986 and (2) December 18, 2004. (3) An individual (apparently moulting into breeding plumage) was first discovered at St. Vincent’s from May 18-25, 2014 – furnishing the only photo-documented record thus far. Presumably the same bird was spotted numerous times over the next three years at the same general location  (most recent report as of writing was May 13, 2017). (4) One transitioning from breeding to winter plumage at Mummichog Provincial Park (Codroy Valley area) on November 4, 2016.     Another unconfirmed report came from Bear Cove (near Cappahayden) on December 3, 1989.

* NOTE – This website is not an official account and “may” contain incorrect information and/or details of unconfirmed records. *

The characteristic

The characteristic “chinstrap” is visible in this photo of the Pacific Loon (same bird pictured above).
– Photo: Alvan Buckley (St. Vincent’s, May 18 2014)

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