Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men Plus Red-throated Loon

Red-throated Loon -Gavia stellata

For this Tuesdays birding and photography trip, we decided to visit Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. After leaving the house and driving down Route 140 to make the turn onto Route 24, we observed the traffic to be backed up. So we were able to go on an alternate route and joined Route 24 at the next exit. The traffic was okay until we hit the intersection of Route 495 where again the traffic was all backed up ahead of us. The text traffic situation made us change to an alternate plan, and we decided to visit the areas in Plymouth County.

At our first few stops, the birding was quiet. Everything didn’t pick up until we had reached Nelson Beach. There was a lot of activity. I’ll report on a lot of the action in another blog.

The tide was on the way out, close to the shore there was a red-throated loon, which put up with our presence and allowing behavioral images. Since it was so close to the beach, when it dove you can follow the loon swimming in the water. It was a speed demon. And it went back and forth many times.

Red-throated Loon -Gavia stellata swimming close to shore
Red-throated Loon -Gavia stellata swimming on the water close to shore
Red-throated Loon -Gavia stellata swimming on the water close to shore
Red-throated Loon -Gavia stellata swimming partially under the water
Red-throated Loon -Gavia stellata
Red-throated Loon -Gavia stellata swimming partially under the water

The last time I saw a loon swimming underwater and was able to see and follow it was back in my film days at the beach at St. Petersburg Florida, where the water was so clear I could observe a common loon swimming

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