I saw a rather unusual bird today, at least for Lake Los Carneros. It looks to be a Red-throated Loon, but I’m no expert at these things. I wouldn’t have had a chance to attempt an ID if the nearby fire department hadn’t gone out on a call. The siren temporarily raised the loon from its slumber and gave me a brief chance to get a better look at its head and neck. I also saw a pair of Buffleheads and managed to grab a distant flight shot of the male.
“Red-throated Loon” – Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA
“Resting Loon” – Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA
“Bufflehead in Flight” – Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA