As always, the tip had a few goodies. A single Killdeer, and 3 American Pipits greeted us right away and we got around 220 White-winged Scoters by the end of the morning, along with 5 Redhead, and 1 Common Loon, among the many other regular waterfowl present.
In the gull department, all the 4 regular gulls were accounted for (HEGU,RBGU,GBBG,BOGU), along with a juvenile Glaucous Gull that flew in later.
Juvenile Glaucous Gull. Photo by Marianne Reid-BalkwillThe highlight of the morning was an apparent Great Black-backed X Glaucous Gull, or perhaps a Great Black-backed X Herring Gull hybrid that Jeremy picked out. The bird was the same size as a Great Black-backed, with a grey mantle that was slightly a darker grey than the surrounding Herring and Ring-bills. It also had a shorter primary projection than the Great Black-backed Gull. A neat bird to say the least. Any thoughts anyone?
Hybrid with Ring-billed Gull. Photo by Marianne Reid-Balkwill
Hybrid gull with adult Great Black-backed Gull. Photo by Marianne Reid-Balkwill
Hybrid Gull and Adult Great Black-backed Gull. Photo by Marianne Reid-Balkwill