[CT Birds] Barnacles-a-commin
gswilliams9 at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 29 18:14:43 EST 2012
When you first started reporting this phenomenon, I contacted marine science people to get more information. I heard a lot of convincing reasons why you were wrong and believed it. Who's to argue with someone who knows more than yourself about a topic? I did eventually hear from a marine bio guy who agreed that you correct in that there were concentrations of plankton large enough for gulls to eat with their "non-filter feeding" bills, but the plankton were definitely not barnacles.
Congratulations on your perseverance. It will probably makes us all think twice the next time a non-birder tells us something that we are positive is incorrect about birds.
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