Last Wednesday afternoon was a spectacular one along the West Haven shoreline. I celebrated taking (and let's just assume *passing*) my board re-certification that morning by enjoying a couple lunchtime margaritas with a friend followed by some time in the sand with my gear. Bright sun and temps well into the 60s had quite a few people doing the same...most minus cameras and scopes though...
Other than the killer "Kamchatka" MEW GULL at Oyster River
, which obviously would have made the day (week? month?) in itself, the afternoon was dominated by a few quality white birds.
This "Kumlien's" ICELAND GULL at Bradley Point showed well and was quite aggressive towards the nearby similarly-sized Herring Gulls.
|first cycle "Kumlien's" Iceland Gull|
Julian Hough joined me later in the afternoon as we unsuccessfully tried to relocate the Kam Gull. We did, however, have a late SNOWY OWL appear out of nowhere on one of the rocky islets just offshore.
|This is what that same outcropping looked like a few hours earlier when it was accessible at low tide. At the time I took this photo I didn't think I would be seeing a Snowy Owl there later that evening, right about where that dog is standing...|
White bird #3 was an adult FORSTER'S TERN that made a few foraging passes as the tide finally pushed us off the sandbar at Bradley Point.
|heavily cropped photo of the Forster's Tern|
This summer-like evening called for celebratory fish tacos and beer at Dive Bar. Great day!
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