[CT Birds] Gull-Goldfinch Questions

Scott Kruitbosch kbosch at gmail.com
Mon Aug 30 11:55:20 EDT 2010

As for #1, we, the collective group at Stratford Point last night, observed
hundreds if not thousands of Ring-billed, Herring, and Laughing Gulls
catching insects in the air last night over Stratford Point and Short Beach.
If people are that interested perhaps some of our photographers from last
night would send me shots to put up in the CAS blog. I know Scott Vincent
got amazing photos with insects just in front of gulls, and even a shot with
a Ring-billed that has an insect in its bill. This went on for over an hour
and was the only real entertainment while we waited for the kite that didn't
return again. I have seen this phenomenon regularly at Stratford Point in
the past. Watch for it in other locations as it definitely seems to be the
right time. It's a very strange sight.

The White-tailed Kite was last seen heading to Short Beach around 10. The
gate should be open nearly the entire day and evening.


On Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 11:49 AM, Carrier Graphics <
carriergraphics at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> Have two questions to ask..........
> # 1 - Recently, I saw 3 Ring-billed Gulls fly by near a Mall in Torrington.
> All 3 were in direct flight, but they were occasionally cutting about as
> they
> flew
> as if catching insects from the air as swallows often do.
>  I have never seen Gulls do this before.
>  Has anyone ever seen this behavior in gulls before?
> #2 - this morning, I again saw 7 Goldfinch on the side of the road
> picking and eating the big leaves of Coltsfoot. I saw them doing this
>  2 days before in same spot. Last year, they ate my Swiss-chard
> in the same manner, perching on the leaf then eating
> only the areas between the veins. A bit unusual to see a passerine bird
> species
> eating leaves.
> Has anyone ever seen this behavior in Goldfinch before?
> Paul Carrier - Harwinton
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Scott Kruitbosch
Stratford, CT
Connecticut Audubon Society

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