Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Gulls Galore

Every winter hoards of Gizzard Shad congregate around the warm water outflows of the power plant at East 72nd Street. This southern fish probably arrived from the Ohio River via the Ohio-Erie canal and end up dying in massive numbers as the temperature drops. However, if you’re looking for gulls, this is a perfect opportunity. If the lake freezes over, expect gulls in your face because the immediate water near the power plant remains open.
Even though the lake didn’t freeze over yet, I spent most of yesterday scanning through the hoards of gulls. I was joined by Gabe Leidy, Jim and Bret McCarty, Gary Meszaros and Ryan Steiner and had nine species of gulls. Highlights were:
California Gull - 2 (1st & 3rd)
Thayer's Gull - 2 (both 1st)
Iceland Gull - 6 (4 1st & 2 ad)
Glaucous Gull - 4 (3 1st & 1 ad)

Two 1st-cycle Glaucous Gulls

1st-cycle Glaucous Gull in flight

1st-cycle Iceland Gull

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