Friday, March 27, 2015

Feb 22, 2015 - Seaside Park gulls

Going back a month here. After successfully twitching the Tufted Duck in Bridgeport, CT, Julian Hough and I stopped into nearby Seaside Park and spent a few minutes with gulls that were coming in to bread.

We focused most of our attention on a second cycle "Kumlien's" Iceland Gull.

"Kumlien's" Iceland Gull

"Kumlien's" Iceland Gull

While watching this bird, we noticed a few other individuals showing interesting features.

First, an adult Herring Gull with a rather Thayer's-like pattern, showing a reduced amount of black in the primaries including a fully white tip to p10.

Herring Gull

Herring Gull

Next was a Great Black-backed Gull with rather yellow legs.

Great Black-backed Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Finally, an adult Herring Gull with dull yellow legs, which is actually commonly seen in late winter and early spring as these birds come into breeding plumage.

Herring Gull

 - NB

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