Pacific Loon — Length: 25 inches, Wing span: 36 inches
Despite its abundance, the Pacific Loon is only occasionally seen inland south of Alaska, and it largely sticks to its northern breeding range and Pacific Coast wintering range. Large inland lakes occasionally attract one or more Pacific Loons during the winter months. Pacific Loon migration takes place during the day.
Pacific Loons are not capable of taking off directly from the water or from land. They must have up to 50 meters of open water on which to get a paddling start. Pacific Loons are thought to begin breeding at age three, although this aspect of their lives is poorly understood.
The Pacific Loon is a medium size loon with a rounded head shape. Its plumage varies by season. Sexes are similar.
-Pale gray head and nape.
-White stripes on sides of neck.
-Dark upperparts with much white.
-Purple color on throat usually appears black.