[CT Birds] West Haven CAGU update

Nick Bonomo nbonomo at gmail.com
Thu Mar 24 22:28:39 EDT 2016

Here are a few photos of both the California Gull and Ross's Goose
from today, 3/24/16:


To compare, here are photos from a couple days ago, when the bird was
at Hammonasset:

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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