Baking: Yellow-billed Loon

 

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Gavia adamsii

Length: 35 Weight: 11 lbs

Identification:

Black head and pale yellow beak with intricate white barring on throat and heavy speckling on back.

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Distribution: 

In summer, Yellow-billed Loons breed in the far northwest of Canada and Alaska. They spend winter along the Pacific Coast from Alaska to British Colombia.

Cool Facts:

While Yellow-billed Loons are predominantly a high northern species, they may wander as far as the southern United States, and have been recorded as vagrants in over 22 countries.

Despite its extremely large range around the northern hemisphere, the Yellow-billed Loon has no subspecies.

The species name adamsii  honors Edward Adams, a British naturalist who sketched this and several other species on trips to the Arctic.

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References:

Audubon Field Guide

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