[CT Birds] Waterford pig farm gulls

Anthony Zemba Anthony.Zemba at gza.com
Sat Jan 7 09:50:06 EST 2012

Perhaps we are finally seeing the positive effects of trawl fishing bans in LI Sound? May help to explain the return of this creature , increased seal sightings and range expansions and peerhaps alcid invasians?

----- Original Message -----
From: Glenn Williams [mailto:gswilliams9 at yahoo.com]
Sent: Friday, January 06, 2012 07:29 PM
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds] Waterford pig farm gulls

from Glenn Williams:
1/6 - Waterford, Miner Lane pig farm -- 1w "KUMLIEN'S" ICELAND GULL, 1w LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, presumed "NELSON'S" GULL (glaucous x herring hybrid)

I finally hit the pig farm at feeding time and it was crawling with hundreds of gulls.  The only problem here is that there is no set pattern of feeding the pigs that I have figured out and many gulls are out of sight from the road.  The Nelson's-type was a little larger than a Herring gull with a very frosty but scaley back.  It's primaries were very solid dark and it's bill was all black with a light tip.

On an off-topic note, there have been three Minke Whales in the Sound in the vicinity of Plum Island.  They have been seen the past two days by a reliable observer.  The Sound is hopping this winter.  It is a great time to seawatch or get out on a ferry or boat.

Glenn Williams
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