[Tweeters] Flightless Yellow-billed Loons

mgd at myuw.net mgd at myuw.net
Mon Mar 2 09:27:40 PST 2009

The Pt. Wilson Yellow-billed Loon is in wing molt and is flightless. (Most waterfowl, grebes, and loons molt all their primaries and secondaries at once, rending them flightless.) There's a great photo here: www.flickr.com/photos/rlw/ (Thanks Bob!)

Has anyone noticed if the Douglas County Yellow-billed Loon is also flightless? You can often notice that they are missing flight feathers when they are preening and stretching their wings, as in Bob Whitney's photograph.

Mike Donahue
Beacon Hill, Seattle

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