[CT Birds] 7 Iceland Gulls and other highlights- complete report
kmueller at ntplx.net
kmueller at ntplx.net
Thu Feb 21 17:39:33 EST 2013
It was just a bit "nippy" this morning at Meigs Point, but this was a
good morning for Iceland Gulls! Yesterday at Meigs Point Hammo, I
found five ICELAND GULLS among the several hundred Herring,
Ring-billed and a few Greater Black-backed Gulls which also included
approx. 50 Bonaparte's Gulls. The Iceland Gulls included two first
cycle birds (which included) one very darker plumaged bird, two second
cycle birds and an interesting adult with a darker eye and very black
primaries.I only saw the adult for a few quick minutes at a short
distance (an managed a few record shots) before it flew off and wasn't
This morning I went back to Meigs to find the adult Iceland Gull from
yesterday. I eventually found it along with three of the other Iceland
Gulls from yesterday: light plumage fist cycle and the two second
cycle birds. I couldn't locate the dark first cycle bird though.
However, the adult from this morning was NOT the same adult from
yesterday. Although it had similar "darker" primaries, there were
other plumage and anatomy differences, hence it was another new
Iceland Gull to Madison. The Gull numbers were as numerous as
yesterday with the exception of the Bonaparte's Gulls; there were only
five present with the Gulls at Meigs. A few small flocks of
Sanderlings and Horned Larks continue.
From Meigs I drove over to Circle Beach. Along the route there were a
few flocks of Goldeneye and a handful of Greater Scaup along East Wharf.
At Circle Beach, I was delighted to find three Iceland Gulls: the
continuing adult, first cycle, and again, another new Iceland Gull to
the beach: a stunning pale gray and white third cycle bird. This was
the second new Iceland Gull of the day. For the month of February, I
have seen sixteen ICELAND GULLS and one additional seen by Frank
Mantlik at Hammo which brings the total to SEVENTEEN ICELAND GULLS to
the Madison coast between Hammo and Circle Beach. This includes: 4
Adults, 3 first cycle, one third cycle, and nine second cycle Gulls.
I left Circle Beach and although the East River boat ramp road is
passable (but not plowed) the gate was open. As I drove down the road,
a pair of female/juvenile Harriers were hunting the marsh. I stopped
my Jeep to watch them, when all of the sudden a large bird jumped up
out of the creek ditch below me (low tide) and flew down the road. It
was a male Harrier (a magnificent bird) and it had prey in one of its
talons: a Green Crab!! That was a first for me. Needless to say, I was
caught off guard, I never got a picture.
When I drove into my driveway, the resident pair of Red-shouldered
Hawks were perched in a tree along my driveway, as was a flock of
eleven Wild Turkeys and three Deer invading my bird feeders!
I am currently working on my blog to update it....since I am three
weeks behind. I have allot of stuff to put on there, I should have
something ready in a few days.
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