23 June 2012: Pacific Loon in Cupsogue

Pacific Loon

Pacific Loon (stock photo — not the Loon seen in Cupsogue, which was in nonbreeding plumage)

Alex Hale spotted a Pacific Loon flying east of the boardwalk in Cupsogue, NY just after 11:30 this morning. Starr was birding with her and verified this extremely rare sighting!

How rare is it? Since 2004, the eBird database contains only one other observation of the Pacific Loon in the New York City/Long Island area.