[CT Birds] More on the gulls at Hammo

Christopher Loscalzo closcalz at optonline.net
Wed Mar 23 20:53:05 EDT 2016

More info on the gulls at Hammo:

The Common (European) Mew Gull was observed plankton feeding in the water
just off shore and also standing on the beach in the company of several
dozen Ring-billed Gulls about 100 yards west of the Meigs Point jetty.  Its
bill is yellowish green with barely any markings on it and its head is
almost all white with a little dark smudging of the feathers around the eye.
The white crescents on the wings are noticeable. The bird is a little
smaller than the Ring-billed Gulls.  The first cycle California Gull was
found feeding and roosting on the rocks beyond the end of the jetty and was
best ID'd by the bill, with its black tip and light base with a very
distinct demarcation between the two tones.  There was no light coloring at
the very tip of the bill (the nearby Herring Gulls had this feature).  The
bird has a dark eye, light face, flesh colored legs, and dark primary and
secondary feathers on the folded wings.  The lesser coverts are pale,
evident in flight. The bird is noticeably smaller than a Herring Gull.  The
birds were present at dusk and there is an excellent chance that both will
still be there tomorrow.  Good luck if you go.


Chris Loscalzo, Woodbridge, with Mark Danforth and Doug Warner

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