[CT Birds] Gulls

kmueller at ntplx.net kmueller at ntplx.net
Tue Mar 31 14:16:09 EDT 2015

Good showing for Gulls this morning along the Guilford and Madison  
coasts from East River/Circle Beach to just west of Hammo.

East River/Circle Beach 600 Gulls spread out in the marsh roost in  
East River behind the docks, on Circle Beach and along Grassy Island  
beach including a single adult ICELAND GULL (not "FC" the usual winter  
resident) and 200+ Bonaparte's Gulls flying west along the shoreline  
than around Sachem Head-

350 mostly Herring and Ring-billed in a raft of plankton feeding Scaup  
and Brant just offshore off Buffalo Bay, Madison

200 HERG and Ring-billed Gulls near Tuxis Island, Madison including  
1-2nd cycle ICELAND GULL

200 HERG and Ring-billed Gulls off East Wharf. Madison,

300 HERG and Ring-billed Gulls mouth of and east of Fence Creek  
including 1-1st ICELAND GULL.

500 Bonaparte's Gulls mouth of Fence Creek, Madison. They started  
arriving from the east from the middle of the Sound, rafting up off  
just offshore and then slowly filtered in to the sand bar as the tide  
dropped. I searched hard, but no Little or Black-headed Gulls.

Also 2 Oystercatchers at East Wharf

Keith Mueller
Killingworth, CT

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