English and Scientific names:

Red-throated Loon, Gavia stellata


Number of individuals: 

one, adult, basic plumage


Locality: LOUISIANA: 

Jackson Parish


Specific Locality:

At dam on Caney Creek Lake approximately half way from marina/boat launch and far side of dam. Accessible off LA 34.


Date(s) when observed:

27 January 2009


Time(s) of day when observed:  

Approximately 10:30 AM



Reporting observer and address:

Jay V. Huner

Boyce, LA 71409


Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):

The bird was first observed by Bob Pierson, then by his wife Karen, and me.


Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s): 

Mac Meyers and Curt Sorrels later arrived at the marina and stated, if I recall correctly, that they had both seen the loon.


Light conditions:

Clear and sunny. Very light chop on water. Sun was behind us. There was no shade.


Optical equipment: 

Bird observed with Svaroski Scope - Pierson's - and with binoculars. I was using Zeiss 10 x 40 binoculars.

Distance to bird(s): 

Bird was about 75 yards out in the reservoir almost directly opposite of us.

Duration of observation:

We had the bird in view from time to time over a 5 minute period. It was actively feeding and diving during that period.



Pool at Caney Creek Lake/Reservoir.


Behavior of bird: 

Bird was actively feeding and diving while we observed it. There were about 40 Common Loons in the area but the Red-throated Loon was not associating itself with them.



The bird was approximately 3/4 the size of nearby Common Loons. It had a small bill, dark marbled back and very distinct, white neck/throat and cheeks.



Bird was silent.


Similar species:

About 40 Common Loons were nearby. They were distinctly larger and had partial neck bands. Their heads and bills were much more robust.


Photographs or tape recordings obtained?



Previous experience with this species?

I have seen this species in June 2007 and June 2008 in Alaska.


Identification aids: 

at time of observation:

National Geographic Field Guide



after observation:

Sibley's Birds

Notes made from? 

Basically memory.


Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain: 


Yes. This bird was reported, if I recall correctly, the previous weekend. It was found the following day as well.



Jay V. Huner


Date and time: 

8 March 2009, 11:50 AM