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Distinctive stout dark bill, angular head shape ~ forehead bump ~ The bloom is off the rose as these Loons head for warmer waters - the distinctive colors are fading fast ~ but they'll be back to breed again.
considered a Holarctic Breeder ~ the bulk nesting in Canada. Montana has a few breeding areas.
also seen but not photographed: 3 Greater White-fronted Geese Uncommon and my first Surf Scoters! quite Rare for this area. Lots of coots, Western Grebes, ~ we saw about 35 species of birds on our Audubon outing today.
Spotted on Oct 1, 2011
Submitted on Oct 2, 2011