[CT Birds] West Haven CAGU update

Russ Smiley rsbirder at gmail.com
Fri Mar 25 08:57:49 EDT 2016


California gull being seen at 8:55 am 3/25/16. West Haven Boat Ramp.
Rottinos, Wolters, winquist, Smiley, et al
On Mar 24, 2016 10:30 PM, "Nick Bonomo via CTBirds" <
ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

> Here are a few photos of both the California Gull and Ross's Goose
> from today, 3/24/16:
>
> http://www.shorebirder.com/2016/03/rosss-goose-and-california-gull.html
>
> To compare, here are photos from a couple days ago, when the bird was
> at Hammonasset:
> http://www.shorebirder.com/2016/03/california-gull-in-ct.html
>
> Nick Bonomo
> Wallingford, CT
>
> On Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 8:46 PM, Nick Bonomo <nbonomo at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi all, for those wondering, we left the California Gull at the West
> > Haven boat ramp at 6:30pm. Photos confirm it is the Hammo bird
> > relocated - exact feather-by-feather match. It looked settled in there
> > as light was starting to fade, so hopefully it will stick around for
> > tomorrow. We did not have anything to feed it, but the bird would
> > almost definitely come in for food (like it did at Hammonasset), as it
> > was loafing with the local parking lot gulls. Joined by Tony Amato and
> > Julian Hough.
> >
> > Of note, there were VERY FEW gulls between Merwin Point (Milford) and
> > the West Haven Boat Ramp this late afternoon. Even Oyster River held
> > only about 200 total birds (zero Bonaparte's), a typical winter count,
> > though a first cycle ICELAND GULL was one of them. No plankton feeding
> > was observed offshore along this stretch of coast. This is a very
> > fluid and rapidly-changing situation.
> >
> > I'll try to post a few comparison pics later on.
> >
> > Nick Bonomo
> > Wallingford, CT
> > www.shorebirder.com
>
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