RED-THROATED LOON

Gavia stellata

Status:  Rare casual spring and fall migrant statewide.

Documentation:  Photographed specimen: fall, about 1899, Frontier Co (Swenk 1933).

Taxonomy: No subspecies are recognized.

Spring: There are six accepted records:

17 Mar 2018 basic adult Branched Oak Lake, Lancaster Co (Michael Willison photo)

25-27 Mar 2011 photographed Cedar and Knox Cos (Brogie 2012)

21-23 Apr 2013 Standing Bear Lake, Omaha, Douglas Co (Silcock 2013)

8 May 1998 basic adult Lake McConaughy, Keith Co (Dinsmore 1999, Brogie 1999)

16 May 1999 molting to alternate Lake McConaughy  (Brown and Brown 2001, Jorgensen 2001)

27 May-2 Jun 2004 molting to alternate photographed Lake Minatare, Scotts Bluff Co (Brogie 2005).

Fall: There are 22 accepted records, most in the brief period 26 Oct-25 Nov, and all but five in the east. The fall of 1996 saw an unprecedented influx of Red-throated Loons, accounting for four of the 22 records. By far the latest record is of a juvenile on the Lake McConaughy CBC 2 Jan 2016.

fall ca 1899 (cited above)

30 Sep 2000 Winters Creek Lake, Scotts Bluff Co (Jorgensen 2002).

26 Oct 2002 Branched Oak Lake, Lancaster Co (Silcock 2002)

29 Oct-11 Nov 2017 photographed Offutt Base Lake, Sarpy Co (Silcock 2017)

30 Oct-3 Nov 1996 Branched Oak Lake (Brogie 1997)

31 Oct-3 Nov 1996 Stagecoach Lake, Lancaster Co (Brogie 1997)

31 Oct 1997 Louisville Lakes SRA, Cass Co (Brogie 1998)

3 Nov 2012 Branched Oak Lake (Silcock 2012)

3 Nov 1996 Bluestem Lake, Lancaster Co (Brogie 1997)

3 Nov 2012 two at Gavin’s Point Dam, Cedar Co (Silcock 2012)

4 Nov 2007 juvenile photographed Harvard WPA, Clay Co (Brogie 2008)

5 Nov 1995 Branched Oak Lake (Gubanyi 1996b, Brogie 1997)

5 Nov 2007 juvenile Willow Creek Reservoir, Pierce Co (Silcock 2007)

5 Nov 2014 juvenile Branched Oak Lake (Silcock 2014)

9 and 20 Nov 2012 Lake Maloney, Lincoln Co (Silcock 2012)

11-14 Nov 2016 Gavin’s Point Dam (Silcock 2016b)

12 Nov 1996 Wehrspann Lake, Sarpy Co (Brogie 1998)

12 Nov 2000 first basic Lake Minatare (Jorgensen 2002)

13 Nov 2014 Pawnee Lake, Lancaster Co (Brogie 2015)

21 Nov 2009 Branched Oak Lake (Silcock 2009)

19-25 Nov 1993 Standing Bear Lake, Douglas Co (Gubanyi 1996a, Brogie 1998)

2 Jan 2016 juvenile Lake McConaughy (Silcock 2016a).

Comments: Migrants winter on the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts and are irregular in the Interior. As more birders with spotting scopes check reservoirs constructed in the last 50 years or so, records have increased; all but one of the 27 records listed above are from 1993 to the present.

Abbreviations

SRA: State Recreation Area
WPA: Waterfowl Production Area (Federal)

Literature Cited

Brogie, M.A. 1997. 1996 (Eighth) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 65: 115-126.

Brogie, M.A. 1998. 1997 (Ninth) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 66: 147-159.

Brogie, M.A. 1999. 1998 (Tenth) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 67: 141-152.

Brogie, M.A. 2005. 2004 (16th) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 73: 78-84.

Brogie, M.A. 2008. 2007 (19th) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 76: 111-119.

Brogie, M.A. 2012. 2011 (23rd) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 80: 112-122.

Brogie, M.A. 2015. 2014 (26th) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 83: 125-138.

Brown, C.R., and M.B. Brown. 2001. Birds of the Cedar Point Biological Station. Occasional Papers of the Cedar Point Biological Station, No. 1.

Dinsmore, S.J. 1999. Red-throated Loon at Lake McConaughy. NBR 67: 81.

Gubanyi, J.G. 1996. 1992, 1993 (Fifth) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 64: 30-35.

Gubanyi, J.G. 1996. 1995 (Seventh) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 64: 132-138.

Jorgensen, J.G. 2001. 1999 (Eleventh) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 69: 85-91.

Jorgensen, J.G. 2002. 2002 (sic; =2000). (12th) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 70: 84-90.

Silcock, W.R. 2002. Fall Field Report. August-November 2002. NBR 70: 130-167.

Silcock, W.R. 2007. Fall Field Report, August-November 2007. NBR 75: 98-118.

Silcock, W.R. 2009. Fall Field Report, August-November 2009. NBR 77: 138-155.

Silcock, W.R. 2012. Fall Field Report, August-November 2012. NBR 80: 126-157.

Silcock, W.R. 2013. Spring Field Report, Mar 2013 to May 2013. NBR 81: 50-79.

Silcock, W.R. 2014. Fall Field Report, August-November 2014. NBR 82: 150-181.

Silcock, W.R. 2016a. Winter Field Report, December 2015 to February 2016. NBR 84: 2-24.

Silcock, W.R. 2016b. Fall Field Report, August-November 2016. NBR 84: 154-179.

Silcock, W.R. In press. Fall Field Report, August-November 2017. NBR xx: xxx-xxx.

Swenk, M.H. 1933. A brief synopsis of the birds of Nebraska. I. Loons. NBR 1: 87-90.

Recommended Citation

Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen.  2018.  Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata ), Version 1.0. In Birds of Nebraska — Online. www.BirdsofNebraska.org


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