[CT Birds] Gulls/plankton feeding (lack of)
David F Provencher (Generation - 4)
david.f.provencher at dom.com
Tue Mar 24 12:56:38 EDT 2015
Frank, NOAA water temperature data shows current temps in Long Island Sound running about 5 degrees Fahrenheit below average. That delta is running true right along the New England coast to at least mid coast Maine. I do not know the temp band the larvae needs, but a delta of -5 degrees F is not inconsiderable for a marine biome.
From: CTBirds [mailto:ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org] On Behalf Of Frank Mantlik via CTBirds
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 12:44 PM
To: Scott Kruitbosch
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Gulls/plankton feeding (lack of)
The plankton (barnacle larvae) blooms seem to definitely be dependent on water temperature ( my experience). So with the icy cold winter, the sea water surface temperature is no doubt lagging lower than normal.
But where are all the Bonaparte's (and Ring-billed) Gulls now? An eBird search might provide some clues. Likewise for Northern Gannets.
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