[CT Birds] Hybrid Black-headed Gull

Comins, Patrick PCOMINS at audubon.org
Wed Mar 26 21:13:07 EDT 2014

I can't really take credit for the ID.  It was pointed out to me (but I was having the same thoughts as I was re-examining the photos...honest!).  


From: CTBirds <ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org> on behalf of kmueller at ntplx.net <kmueller at ntplx.net>
Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 8:57 PM
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Subject: [CT Birds] Hybrid Black-headed Gull

The hybrid Black-headed Gull originally found by Paul Cianfaglione and
identified by Patrick Comins was at Wethersfield Cove this afternoon.
I was there this morning just after daybreak, but there were only 23
Gulls there.....Eagles scattered the roost.

I stopped back at 3:30 this afternoon to less than 100 Gulls...but
they slowly filtered in until there were over 500 Gulls there by 5:00
pm. But the Gull still hadn't arrived. I was thinking about leaving
thinking this Gull was a "one-hit wonder" when it was suddenly
standing 15 feet from my truck at 5:30 pm in the parking lot. I was
able to take many close images including a few good flying shots.
These images are now being evaluated by Patrick and a few others.

It is a really gorgeous Gull! Thanks Paul for finding it! I will post
images of the Gull tomorrow on my Facebook page.

Keith Mueller

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