Common Loon found on 23 November 2002 by Carole Troup in the front yard of a house
around the corner from her home in Cape Coral, FL. Carole is a new birder and did not
recognize the bird. Indeed, when she first saw it, she thought it was a large cat lying
on the grass, which I daresay others would have thought as well. Carole is just taking
up bird photography and this is the second set of photos she has sent, the first being
of the Florida subspecies of the Red-shouldered Hawk. Below are the two photos she has
sent of this Common Loon. What a great yard bird!
The bird was about 80 feet from a salt water canal that runs by Carole's house and she is
checking to see if she can find what happened to it. Hopefully, it found its way back to
the canal. It seems healthy in the photos.
To balance off the loons on land, Doug sent these nice photos of Common Loons in water
at Fort Clinch, Fernandina Beach, FL, on November 17, 2002.