[CT Birds] Gull-Goldfinch Questions

Steve Mayo rsdmayo at sbcglobal.net
Mon Aug 30 19:01:30 EDT 2010

I too have frequently seen hundreds of gulls flycatching at Milford Point, Lighthouse Point and other coastal spots.
Last Sunday, Bill Banks and I watched about 175 resident Lighthouse Starlings doing this.  They actively performed aerial flycatching in the WSW section of the Park, for at least an hour.
Steve Mayo

--- On Mon, 8/30/10, Carrier Graphics <carriergraphics at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

From: Carrier Graphics <carriergraphics at sbcglobal.net>
Subject: [CT Birds] Gull-Goldfinch Questions
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Date: Monday, August 30, 2010, 11:49 AM

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 
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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