Red-throated Loon

Gavia stellata

This small loon is rare in the Pribilofs, outnumbered by both Pacific and Yellow-billed Loons. Sightings are scattered throughout the tour season, but the species is extremely rare in July and August and is most likely in May. The identification of this species is quite straightforward given good views. Look for the thin, upturned bill often held above horizontal, the brown/gray back lacking distinct spotting, and the gray head and nape (in breeding plumage). In flight the feet are not as evident as they are on larger loons, the neck is often head below the plain of the body (a feature unique to this loon), and the wingbeats will be typically fast. Look for this species around Reef and Northeast Points, especially in the bays to the north and south of Webster Lake.