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Lake Hartwell 12/10/10

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Michael Beohm and I were finally able to get out and bird again for the third time this fall/winter.  I wanted to try a spot that I wasn't really familiar with, so we checked out Lake Hartwell (GA side).  Nice list of species; some repeats of our last two reservoir hits.  Of course, repeats are always welcome.

 

Highlights:

 

Pacific Loon (1)

Red-throated Loon (1)

White-winged Scoter (1)

 

Red-breasted Merganser (200)

Canvasback (4)

Redhead (11)

Greater Scaup (5)

Northern Pintail (1)

American Black Duck (4)

 

Forster's Tern (1)

Bonaparte's Gull (100+)

Common Loon (50+)

Horned Grebe (50+)

 

The PACIFIC LOON was close to the dam and to the shore (GA side).  It was seen from the parking area (Dam Road).  Chin strap was evident.  Good luck and dress warm!

 

Eric Beohm

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Pacific Loon

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White-winged Scoter

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White-winged Scoter

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This is the Dam Road Parking area looking west. The Pacific Loon swam close by into the cove.

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Above is basically what the Pacific Loon looks like alongside a Common Loon (left).  This shot is from the Dam Road Parking area looking at the Watsalder Road Camping area (the cove being between the two.)  Despite the birds being fairly close, I wanted to get closer.

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The nape was a gray brown color, more gray in this photo.

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The neck appeared more brown when in the sun.

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Above:  We moved over to the campground and looked towards US 29. 

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Here the Pacific Loon was right beside the shore that parallels US 29.  It dove constantly and was under water most of the time.  The sun was at a bad angle for photos though.

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A final shot from the campground looking east before the loon started moving north.