[CT Birds] Gulls today

kmueller at ntplx.net kmueller at ntplx.net
Sun Feb 17 18:02:44 EST 2013


Made a late morning/early afternoon run down to the coast from West  
port to Madison. Here are the highlights:

Burying Hill Beach, Westport- the larger adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED  
GULL made an appearance about noon. Also present in the small gull  
flock was an adult Herring Gull with bright yellow legs, and a very  
interesting small pale Gull. The Gull had a short black bill, small  
head, pale beige plumage (with slight pinkish cast), and unusual  
markings on the tail, wings and upper tail coverts. Images now being  
reviewed.

West Haven boat ramp- plenty of Gulls present tucked up along the  
shore escaping the wind- nothing unusual. Jen spotted an immature  
Red-tailed Hawk on one of the snow piles that have clogged the parking  
lot from the city dump trucks. The Hawk was feeding on a Swan carcass  
on top of one of the piles that was probably pushed there by the  
bucket loader that has been shoving the snow into the harbor....what a  
mess!

Circle Beach, Madison- 2 ICELAND GULLS. The adult ICELAND GULL  
continues, with a second ICELAND GULL, a 1st winter bird. This Gull  
makes the 6th ICELAND GULL on Circle Beach this month (2 adults, 3  
second cycle, 1 first cycle), and the 8th on the Madison coast between  
Hammo and Circle Beach. Now it's time for a Glaucous Gull!

Keith and Jen Mueller







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