[CT Birds] Southport Little and Mew Gull
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kmueller at ntplx.net
Sat Apr 11 07:58:42 EDT 2015
Mike, This is an exceptional and very detailed report! Thank You for
Hope the Mew Gull is back again today.
Quoting Mike Warner via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>:
> The fog at Southhport Beach at 11:40 am offered about a half
> mile of visibility. I was heartened by the large number of birds I
> could see in bino both on the water and on shore at the river mouth.
> Low tide was at 10:19 am and the high tide expected at 4:22 pm, so
> I knew there was time to scan these birds. This was now the third
> day for me to find the elusive Little Gull so once again it was
> winter coat, wool hat and gloves to fend off the the chilly easterly
> wind blowing at a steady 15 mph. Counting by 100's from the jetty,
> there were 3000 birds on the water and another 1000+ birds, mostly
> Gulls, at the river mouth. It was as if all the birds I saw
> yesterday at Fairfield beach from the Penfield Pavilion had come to
> visit little Southport Harbor. The flock of 200 to 300 Bonies were
> at the river mouth and following some great advice, I anxiously
> scanned the edges of that main flock for the Little Gull without
> luck. Apart from the main group, some Bonies were in the river
> outlet itself, bathing and preening. Suddenly the flock took to the
> air and I scanned in bino for the black underwing. That happened a
> few more times and I realized 10x binos can be too much in some
> situations. Shortly after noon time, Paul Cashman arrived and we
> chatted while scanning the resting flock. The Bonies popped up a
> couple more times and then finally I saw the dark underwing on an
> adult bird as it landed on the back edge of the flock. LIttle Gull
> ! I could not relocate the bird behind the main group. Some birds
> began flying out to the Sound and I noticed the number on the water
> had diminished, flying off to the east. Mayn Hipp arrived around 1
> pm and joined Paul and I on the jetty. I have birded with Mayn
> before and I know him as a very qualified birder. More birds took
> to flight and the Bonie flock was about half strength when suddenly
> Mayn said "Mew Gull !" I didn't even question him, I just said
> "Where? " He showed the location and in the next 30 minutes a
> whole bunch of electrons were put to good use as Mayn and I snapped
> away. So far, comments on the ID have been positive. The bird
> moved once or twice then took off and headed east to join the
> others. Mayn, deservedly, was pleased with the sighting, and Paul
> and I gained a lifer for Connecticut. Thanks Mayn, here's hoping it
> stays. Pics on request.
> If you go, dress very warmly or have the extra clothing
> available to stay warm. They are calling for sunshine tomorrow but
> they are also saying winds of 15 to 25 mph out of the Northwest.
> There is a difference when you are on the water. After two hours
> today I was cooked.
> Good luck !
> Mike Warner
> Wilton Ct.
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