Gavia adamsii

Status:  Rare casual fall visitor east and central.

Documentation: Photograph: 17-23 Nov 1996 Branched Oak Lake, Lancaster Co (Brogie 1997, 1998).

Taxonomy: No subspecies are recognized.

Fall: There are three records:

8 Aug-18 Oct 1998 first alternate Lake McConaughy, Keith Co (Dinsmore and Jorgensen 2000; Brogie 1999)

2-8 Sep 2003 immature photographed Lake McConaughy (Brogie 2004)

17-21 Nov 1996 first basic Branched Oak Lake (cited above)

One in Rock Co 29 Nov 2009 was reported verbally with details to Mark Brogie, but was not submitted to NOURC, nor was any report submitted.

Comments: According to North (1994), reports of this species wintering in the Interior have increased since the 1980s, attributable to reservoirs that “represent new potential habitat for this species”, as well as the likelihood that “new information on field identification of basic-plumaged loons that has only recently become widely available”.  According to eBird (, accessed December 2017), there are numerous records on the Great Plains, although the Nebraska record 8 Aug-18 Oct is the only August record, while one in early Jun from Oklahoma is the only Jun record. Yellow-billed Loons winter on occasion in the Southern Great Plains (, accessed December 2017).


NOURC: Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union Records Committee


Photograph (top) of a Yellow-billed Loon at Branched Oak Lake, Lancaster Co, on 19 Nov 1996 by Phil Swanson.

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.

Dinsmore, S.J., and J.G. Jorgensen. 2000. Yellow-billed Loon at Lake McConaughy. NBR 66: 88-89.

North, M.R. 1994. Yellow-billed Loon (Gavia adamsii)version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (A. F. Poole and F. B. Gill, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.

Recommended Citation

Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen. 2017. Yellow-billed Loon (Gavia adamsii ), Version 1.0. In Birds of Nebraska — Online.

Birds of Nebraska – Online