[CT Birds] Neat Observation

Robley Evans rjeva at conncoll.edu
Fri Nov 21 16:16:18 EST 2014

I have seen this behaviour and I have also seen a Ring-Bill diving on a
Common Loon every time it came up for air in a small pond, until it
drowned.  Nice birds, gulls.  Rob Evans  North Stonington

On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 1:30 PM, Carrier Graphics via CTBirds <
ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

> Today as I passed through Bristol Res #7, I saw nothing new, cept did
> observe something of interest.
> Their were about 50 Common Merganser still there, and they were all
> feeding in a raft. Within them were many Ring-billed Gulls who it appeared
> were waiting for the Mergansers to surface with a fish, and then stealing
> it from them. I believe the Merganser must surface with its catch first
> before swallowing it, and thats the time needed by the Gulls to snatch it
> away for themselves.
> Any one else ever see this watery robbery?
> At home - Still getting some Siskin and Purple finch daily plus lots of
> regulars and a single Tree and Chipping Sparrow. Spring meets winter!
> Paul Carrier - Harwinton
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